There has been a great deal of excitement on the rumor-mill concerning a new Baldur’s Gate Website that has popped up at www.baldursgate.com and whether this heralds the release of a new Baldur’s Gate game. At the moment the website shows a ‘teaser’ with the Baldur’s Gate Skull emblem, character portraits tiling the background and the Baldur’s Gate theme playing in the background making our geeky hearts swell with nostalgia. Aside from this there is only the quote:

“The Lord of Murder shall perish, but in his doom he shall spawn a score of mortal progeny, chaos will be sown by their passage.”

So sayeth the wise Alaundo.

The tiled character portraits fairly standard layout which gaming companies use as teasers for sequels – harking back to the games past. So should we get excited yet?

Like a good little nerd as soon as I saw the site I looked up who owned it, perhaps Bioware or Elecronic Arts. However there was no information aside from it being registered by godaddy. No clues there then, aside from the fact that gaming companies do not usually conceal their ownership of a domain, but that doesn’t mean they wouldn’t. GoDaddy is a huge hosting company so it’s possible a gaming company might use them, but it’s equally likely to be a rabid fan.

Looking for more clues I right-clicked and selected ‘view source’ to look at the source code for the site. There could be some clues in the metadata maybe? Well there is something however it is not conclusive to ownership. Still it made me smile. Just before the head tag there reads:

<!– Shadowy Figure- Raise Dead : Infinity Engine –>

<!– Take heart fellow adventurers, for you have curried the favor of Boo, the only miniature giant space hamster in the Realm! –>

The Infinity Engine is the gaming engine under which the original Baldur’s Gate ran. Is it being brought back from the dead? Boo is the animal companion of Minsc, the utterly charming and insane Ranger – possibly the most memorable character from the Balder’s Gate series. I could never resist including him in the makeup of my adventuring party no matter how hard I tried.

and just below the end tag:

<!– I can teach you how to use your wrath. –>

That’s a quote from Sarevok, teh evil dude.

I Googled a bit and discoved that earlier the source code had said something different:

<!– For years, I clung to the memory of it. Then the memory of the memory. –>

<!– And then… it returned. Better than it was before. –>

<!– Pore over the tapestries and works of art hanging from our walls if you wish, Child of Bhaal… perhaps you will find a clue. But patience, ah… patience would reveal it all. –>

This is the most interesting of all because it echoes words spoken by Irenicus: “I clung to the memory of it. Then the memory of the memory. And then nothing.” Yet it is different, for instead of nothing ‘it returned. Better than it was before!

Perhaps the old Baldur’s Gate RPG is going to be re-released with a new version of the Infinity Engine? If these ‘clues’ are to be taken seriously that’s where I’d put my money.

A little more searching and my theory appears to be confirmed. There is a Baldur’s Gate Complete Edition coming to Steam. However Game Banshee claim they have solid news that the website what put together by Trent Oster and collegues at Beamdog. Oster said “We’re not related to the Steam Complete Edition, I can tell you that much. Other than that, we’re hoping to announce something soon.”

So what might this something be? Speculation is running wild! Will it be a tactical PC game or an MMO? Baldur’s Gate used D&D rules so perhaps it will have something to do with Dungeons & Dragons online.Will it be a Facebook game or an iPhone app? Will it be a remake, a prequel, a sequel?

Will this be the return of the greatest computer RPG of all time? Will it be as good?

Is there any foundation for any of these rumours? Should we get excited?

OF COURSE we should get excited! We’re GEEKS dude and it’s BALDUR’S GATE! Is there any way we could listen to that stirring music and not get excited?

For me it’s a kick up to ass to finish Baldur’s Gate 2. I was so close to the end but my harddrive went and broke so I lost all my progress. My PC was called Barbie and she was a Barbarian with a Broadsword. (Ridiculous stereotypes make me LOL). Time to dig it out I’d wager.

To conclude, there seems to be at least some shaky foundation to the rumours for a new Baldur’s Gate game.