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Baldur's Gate: Siege of Dragonspear Continues The Classic RPG Saga

Baldur's Gate will be able to continue their adventure through the Forgotten Realms soon. Today Beamdog announced Siege of Dragonspear, an expansion pack to Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition.

Dragonspear is set between Baldur's Gate and its sequel. The heroes from the first game will now have to contend with an army sweeping through the coast:

Though Sarevok is dead and his plan for war averted, peace eludes the citizens of Baldur's Gate. A crusade marches from the north, seizing supplies, forcing locals into military service, and disrupting trade along the Sword Coast. A charismatic warrior known as the Shining Lady leads this army, her background shrouded in mystery. Can the rumors be true—is she, like you, the child of a god?The closer you get to the Shining Lady, the more you realize your father, the dead Lord of Murder still casts a long shadow upon your path. Baldur's Gate has put its faith in you, but you must determine whose interests you truly serve before you face the Shining Lady among the ruins of Dragonspear Castle...

Dragonspear Castle is an infamous location in Faerun. The keep has been home to numerous invaders, including hobgoblins, fiends and the undead. There are also tunnels underneath the keep leading to the Underdark, home of the drow and numerous other evils. I'm sure Dungeons & Dragons fans will be thrilled to finally visit this location after hearing so much about it.

Siege of Dragonspear adds 25 hours of gameplay to Baldur's Gate. As usual, you can play solo or online via cross-platform multiplayer. Players will explore new locations such as a lost dwarven city and underground temple. The first screenshots gave us a glimpse at some of these locales. Beamdog says there are four new companions you can recruit for your party as well. If you'd rather create your own character from scratch, you can pick a new shaman class.

The developers have added some smaller features as well. The user interface and Infinity Engine have both been tweaked. A new Story Mode difficulty setting will accommodate players who would rather breeze through the combat so they can enjoy the plot.

Once you've finished the expansion, you can export your game to Baldur's Gate 2: Enhanced Edition. I'm curious as to how Beamdog's going to handle gameplay balance, though. BG2 is designed for parties that just completed Baldur's Gate. Will they bump up the enemy levels when you import a save from Siege of Dragonspear to account for all of the levels and loot players will earn in that expansion?

Baldur's Gate: Siege of Dragonspear will debut on PC, Mac and Linux and then eventually hit iOS and Android. No release dates have been announced yet.

Beamdog said in the past that they may eventually make Baldur's Gate 3 as well. If they do, they could turn to Kickstarter for funding.

Pete Haas

Staff Writer at CinemaBlend.