After countless years of waiting, DnD fans may be getting their wish with a new Baldur's Gate sequel.
Nothing's been confirmed so far, but we do have some links thanks to coverage from Zam. In a recent interview, ex-BioWare writer and new Beamdog creative director David Gaider was asked if he'd like to return to the Baldur's Gate series. Naturally, he responded with enthusiasm. "Absolutely! I've always loved Dungeons & Dragons. And I think I've been away from it long enough that the sort of ennui that I had built up is gone and new things are rolling around in my head... Who wouldn't want to take on the challenge of being in charge of the next version of that?"
Beamdog Interactive is known for remastering BioWare's beloved Baldur's Gate CRPG classics, but the studio is now making its own mark on the franchise with a new expansion called Siege of Dragonspear. The DLC will bridge the gap between Baldur's Gate I and II while introducing a new 25+ hour story arc, so it's pretty lofty. This could be the starting point for a fully-fledged Baldur's Gate sequel, and with Gaider at the helm, the team will have no problem cooking up a new storyline.
When asked if Baldur's Gate III was in the works, Gaider hinted that there's definitely something coming, but it might not be a sequel. "I can't really talk about that until it's announced. It's not guaranteed to be Baldur's Gate."
On the other hand, the third chapter of the landmark CRPG has been on Beamdog's to-do list for quite some time. Back in 2012, co-founder Cameron Tofer said: "We have a lot of things to put in place before such a project can be launched," he said. "So currently there is no such project but that's the one we want to do. Our thoughts have been that Enhanced Edition for Baldur's Gate 1 and 2 just make sense before there's any Baldur's Gate 3."
Now that both Baldur's Gate I and II Enhanced Editions are launched, and Siege of Dragonspear is well underway, the time is right to start planting the seeds for the sequel. Also consider Beamdog's new recruit, David Gaider. The ex-Dragon Age alum had nothing to do with Siege of Dragonspear, so it's only natural the studio leverages Gaider's talents with a brand new project.
If Baldur's Gate III does happen, Beamdog will rely on Kickstarter to fund it. Given how popular the series is I can't envision any scenario where the game isn't funded within a week's time.