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A New Chapter Set to Unfold in the Baldur’s Gate Saga

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A new edition to the Baldur’s Gate saga has been announced. Beamdog President and founder, Trent Oster, took the stage at the Alberta Art Gallery to announce Baldur’s Gate: Siege of Dragonspear.

Siege of Dragonspear fills a gap in the story that occurs between Baldur’s Gate 1 and 2. Beamdog has shepherded the Baldur’s Gate franchise with their release and support of the Enhanced Editions. The game will be an expansion for Baldur’s Gate 1 Enhanced Edition. You’ll be able to keep your character from BGEE1, and take it through the expansion and into BGEE2 for an all-encompassing Baldur’s Gate experience.

In Siege of Dragonspear you’ll lead an army of misfit mercenaries into battle against a crusade of zealots lead by “The Shining Lady.” Beamdog claims the story will be over 25 hours long and will look and feel the same as the originals; it runs on the Infinity Engine, in keeping with the Baldur’s Gate franchise.

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Siege of Dragonspear is Beamdog’s first complete in-house production. It has been developed by a team of approximately 36 developers, writers, and voice actors, many of whom have been involved in the series during its 18 year run. Jim Cummings, Jennifer Hale, and Mark Meer will return to their voice-over roles in this latest addition. Beamdog has employed artist Nat Jones to oversee Art Direction. Nat is known for his comic ’68, his work on 30 Days of Night, Death Dealer, and the always legendary Spawn. Andrew Foley, who co-wrote Cowboys & Aliens and the graphic novel Parting Ways is heading-up the writing for Siege of Dragonspear. Beamdog has also added composer Sam Hulick to the team who is known for his work on the Mass Effect franchise and both Baldur’s Gate Enhanced Editions.

The new addition to the saga includes seven new chapters that cover more than 70 new areas. There will be other new additions to the game, such as combat health bars, inventory highlighting, additional difficulty settings, journal pop-ups, and the addition of a new class, the Shaman.

Baldur’s Gate: Siege of Dragonspear has no fixed release date yet but Beamdog is working hard to ship before the end of 2015.

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Ubisoft Discusses How Uplay Plus Will Improve Communication With Players

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Ubisoft believes that its new subscription service Uplay Plus will help the publisher improve communication with players.

Alain Corre, the executive director of EMEA at Ubisoft, spoke to GamesIndustry.biz where he outlined the vision and strategy for the company’s new subscription service. He explained that Uplay Plus will help boost communication with players, and the feedback it receives will help improve Ubisoft’s games.

“The reason behind our subscription service… it gives more possibilities for our fans to play our games and we can talk to them. We can keep them in our worlds, we can discuss with them and—thanks to what they say and the way they behave—we can feed that back into our games development. When we are in control of that within our ecosystem, we feel it’s beneficial for our fans. That’s ultimately what we want to do; we want to have more contact with them, more interaction, listening more to what they want and improve based on what they say.”

Corre highlighted that Ubisoft will not solely focus its efforts on Uplay Plus; players will still be able to pick up any of the publishers games either physically or as digital downloads. He explained that the company’s strategy moving into a subscription service is to adapt with modern consumer tends of gamers.

“We are still keeping the traditional model whether they buy our games in a store or download them. It’s really a case of offering the possibilities. Consumers are evolving really fast, and we want to adapt to what they want and propose new things to them, as well as keep the other means of distribution.”

Furthermore Ubisoft revealed that Uplay Plus and all past and future games will be available on the Google Stadia. Ubisoft was an early vocal supporter of Google’s new console, especially as the upcoming console focuses solely on streaming games.

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