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If you're a fan of the classic Baldur's Gate RPG series then you'll probably be disappointed to know that developer Obsidian Entertainment (Fallout: New Vegas, South Park: The Stick of Truth) cancelled work on the next entry of the series before it had even really started.
According to a recent post of Kotaku, Obsidian spent over a year negotiating a deal for Baldur’s Gate 3 before the whole thing fell apart.
Obsidian CEO Feargus Urquhart told Kotaku, "This was like the Cherokee Trail of Tears pitch," he said. "They asked in 2007 if we wanted to do Baldur's Gate 3, and I'm like 'Yes, if you guys are serious about it.' They were like, 'What do you mean?' I said, 'If you'll put a real budget behind it: it can't be $10 million, it needs to be $20 million, $25 million. If you really want to do this, then you need to put a real budget behind it. You need to give a budget that BioWare would have to do a Mass Effect or whatever. It has to be a real budget.'"
Atari was hesitant, but eventually said okay. However, after Obsidian worked on a pitch for about six months, Atari said they wanted to come into the office and look things over.
"And so they came into see us and they looked at things," Urquhart said. "And then about a week later they said you know we're concerned that you can't make the game. And then a week later all of Atari Europe was sold to Namco Bandai."
It's a sad story, but an interesting look behind the curtain of video game development. Dragon Age was a nice homage to the Baldur’s Gate series, but we'd love to see another proper entry in the series someday.
[Source: PC Gamer]
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Well, I can't cry over something that never really existed, now can I? It's sad when beloved series are stuck in developers hell or when a company with a hit-or-miss record has been said to have been working on it. But I think the important thing to take out of this is that the other two Baldur's Gate game still exist and deserve to be played.
I wouldn't mind if Obsidian made a third Baldur's Gate. I haven't played the first two and this might have been good.
I've never played a Bualdur's Gate, so hopefully a new one will eventually be made.
That's a real shame, but that quote was awful
such bs...doesn't take that much money to make a baldur's gate...hasn't anyone learned from telltale games that you don't need to spend millions of dollars to make a great game...that's whats wrong with this industry right now...
Would love BG 3 BY OBSIDIAN (not those copy cats who released modded enhanced edition and took money for it). Still I hope Project Eternity makes me happy at least as much as BG 2 did ! :)
It's good to be reminded that Forgotten Realms may not yet be forgotten. I hope it's still Isometric. Diablo's okay, but no one plays it for the story.
these stories of games that almost were are such a big tease. At least with this one it's not as bad as Battlefront 3 was.
That's perfectly fine Obsidian would have made an unplayable bug riddled mess
Wow. Had no idea about this. Thanks for the history lesson GI!
Even though I've never played the series, I'm sure there's quite a few fanboys that are now very disappointed.
I know not everyone loves Obsidian but I still feel they built the better fallout game. I still remember all the bugs in fallout 2 with the disapearing trunk on the car ("the coupe bug.") I had to start that game 3 times before I finished it and once all the names of the cities disapeared from the game completely. That and the whole Metacritic make me think these guys have been jerked around enough, even more so with all the great games they have made in the past.