The classic Dungeons & Dragons RPG series Baldur's Gate will continue this year. Beamdog revealed that they're working on a brand-new chapter in the series and will release it sometime this year.
Beamdog's new project, which they've dubbed "Adventure Y", isn't Baldur's Gate 3. Instead, it's an interquel - or "pre-sequel" if you will. The game is set between the events of Baldur's Gate and Baldur's Gate 2. Like those games, it's powered by the Infinity Engine.
"Keep an eye on the Beamblog in late spring for announcements regarding the content and release date of Adventure Y," Beamdog said on their blog. "We have an exciting release planned for this game, something bigger than we’ve ever done before."
On the forums, they released four screenshots from Adventure Y. In one of the images, a bit of dialogue is visible: "hang on the mercy of the Grand Dukes!" The Grand Dukes are the rulers of the city of Baldur's Gate. That suggests that at least part of the campaign will take place in that region. You can check out the full set of images in the gallery below.
In that same forum post, they mention that the other project they'll reveal in 2015 uses a more modern engine. They're currently calling this game "Project: Beartrap."
"Right now all we can say about Project: Beartrap is that it exists and it’s a departure for us in terms of what we’ve done in the past. Also, the project might involve sharks. Maybe we should call it Project: Sharktrap? Either way, we’re looking forward to giving you more details mid-year."
Everyone's expecting Beamdog to eventually make Baldur's Gate 3. While that's not on their plate just yet, they won't rule it out.
"We got a lot of questions about Dungeons & Dragons fifth edition and a potential Baldur’s Gate III on our reddit AMA. We’d be lying if we said we never think about doing a Baldur’s Gate III game, so we won’t say that. But we will say there’s nothing in the works yet regarding BGIII or a 5th edition game. That doesn’t mean the opportunity will never arise, though, so we’re preparing by starting a tabletop 5th edition Dungeons & Dragons game here in the office."
They've spoken out the possibility of making Baldur's Gate 3 in the past. If they decide to pursue that project, they may use Kickstarter.
Beamdog previously released remakes of Baldur's Gate, Baldur's Gate 2 and Icewind Dale. These so-called "Enhanced Editions" feature new characters and quests along with multiplayer matchmaking. The development team also updated the aging Infinity Engine with numerous tech improvements.