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Beamdog on Possible Baldur's Gate III Kickstart

An article from Friday on GameSpy has quotes from Cameron Tofer of Beamdog's studio Overhaul Games about their recently announced plans for Enhanced Editions of Baldur's Gate and Baldur's Gate II (thanks PC Gamer). In addition to discussion of their plans to update as well as enhance the original RPGs, he explains their long-term goal is indeed to make Baldur's Gate III, though this is just in the talking stage for now, though some of the talk includes the prospects of a Kickstarter campaign to get this going:

"Baldur's Gate 3 has been our long term goal. We have a lot of things to put in place before such a project can be launched. So currently there is no such project but that's the one we want to do. Our thoughts have been that Enhanced Edition for BG 1 and 2 just make sense before there's any Baldur's Gate 3."

"We're totally thinking Kickstarter. It just makes so much sense and solves so many problems. I think what Brian [Fargo] is doing with Wasteland is very interesting."

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38. Re: Beamdog on Possible Baldur's Gate III Kickstart Mar 19, 2012, 15:59 Blackhawk
 
Nobody said they had to give up all the rights. They can just enter into a publisher/developer contract. The publisher maintains the IP rights and a small degree of veto power over how it is used, while the developer has otherwise full creative rights and provides the funding. Interplay is out zero and has potential profit, Beamdog gets rights to the IP. Win/win.

The problem, again, is WotC. I don't know that a 2nd edition game is going to sell these days. They might be able to leverage access to the 5th edition rights on the basis of cross advertising, which Wizards desperately needs right now.

Then again, they could just get rights to the rebuilt engine, license the Pathfinder rules and setting for a song and make Golarion's Gate. Given that Pathfinder has been overtaking D&D as the RPG industry leader, their lack of any game presence might make them willing to deal.
 
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