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In January, David Gaider surprised Dragon Age fans by announcing his departure from BioWare. Today, we know that he hasn’t gone far.
Gaider announced that he has joined Beamdog as creative director. The company has released updated PC and mobile versions of both Balder’s Gate games. Gaider was a writer on Baldur’s Gate II.
A note on Beamdog’s website details his new role:
We're very pleased to welcome David Gaider to the company as our new creative director. Originally we advertised for the position of senior writer, but when David contacted Trent about the position, we upgraded the role.
David is well known for his design and writing work on Baldur’s Gate 2, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, and Dragon Age: Origins. He brings 17 years of experience to our little team and we couldn't be happier to work with him. David will lead the writing team and direct new creative endeavors for the company.
With any luck, this might be the first part of an announcement Baldur’s Gate fans have been waiting for since the second entry was released in 2000. In 2012, Beamdog producer Phillip Daigle indicated that if the Enhanced Editions performed well that there might be hope for a third game.
"Just so everyone is clear: We haven’t been awarded a contract to create a Baldur’s Gate 3," he told True PC Gaming at the time. "But if Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition and Baldur’s Gate 2: Enhanced Edition do well financially and we’re able to demonstrate that we can make good original content, I believe we would have a strong chance of making it happen."
[Source: Beamdog, pictured: Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition]
Our TakeWhile Baldur’s Gate III is not confirmed, with Gaider aboard, it seems much more likely. That branch of the vast RPG genre has received a lot of love recently, with Divinity: Original Sin, Wasteland 2, and Pillars of Eternity reviving the CRPG format. Beamdog has done a solid job of bringing back the first two entries. Now it’s time to continue the story.