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Ask Us Anything! (Volume 3)

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  • AdulAdul Member Posts: 1,776
    I can't find the specific comment, but I do recall there was a remark from you guys at one point indicating you might look into enhancing the story/gameplay in Throne of Bhaal specifically in order to make it less linear. Now that BG2:EE is around the corner (sort of), can you talk about whether you've been able to do something with that idea?

  • sarevok57sarevok57 Member Posts: 4,182
    Is there a list out there that shows some of the improvements and enhancements that you guys implemented into bg2ee? ( you guys made one for bgee )

  • solodsolod Member Posts: 58
    So will BG2 for Android be released before BG1 for Android? :)

    Any updated timeline on a Android BG1 release?

    Excited about BG2 EE!

  • redlineredline Member Posts: 274
    BG:EE offered a slight discount to pre-purchases. Will there be similar incentives to pre-order BG2:EE?

  • BaxyrattyBaxyratty Member Posts: 190
    Couple of questions

    Will the blackgaurd and monk have unique strongholds in BG2:EE?

    is BGIII something that you guys are discussing for the future or is that a no go?

    will subraces be included in bg2 EE??

    EdvinPaulg
  • EdvinEdvin Member, Translator (NDA) Posts: 3,019
    Baxyratty said:

    will subraces be included in bg2 EE??

    Most important question in this topic.

    Paulg
  • RedGuardRedGuard Member Posts: 672
    edited August 2013
    Edvin said:

    Baxyratty said:

    will subraces be included in bg2 EE??

    Most important question in this topic.

    Haven't they been saying recently that subraces would be difficult to implement and a very big if on whether they'll happen or not? If that's true then I'd bet against them appearing at launch.

  • JasiekJasiek Member Posts: 30
    @PhillipDaigle or anybody:
    will they be a standalone installer as in BG:EE ?
    Also, what will happen if the open beta of the newest patch go totally wrong? Will they be a delay, or will you push BG2:EE and patch it later?

  • LiamEslerLiamEsler Member Posts: 1,858
    @Jasiek Yep, BG2EE will work the same way as BGEE; you will be able to use either the Beamdog client or a separate standalone installer if you so choose.

    As for the patch, there's no way it can really go 'totally wrong', but if some bizarre bug pops up, it definitely won't affect the release of BG2EE. They are separate projects being worked on by separate teams.

  • CrossyCrossy Member Posts: 3
    New to this forum, but I've got a few questions if I might:

    1. I'm not a fan of the new GUI that BG:EE used, finding it low-res and chunky. I understand one can use the ini to make it not scale, but I'm curious if the Overhaul Games people might be considering making a replacement, perhaps using the UI I saw in the BG2:EE trailer today, that looks heaps better.

    2. In regards to BG2:EE, I noticed the site says it has "remastered area artwork from original renders", can I assume this means the OG people were able to recover most (all?) of the original source-art from BG2, can we expect remastered areas for all the areas in the game?

    3. Finally, another question on the UI, the combat log in that BG2:EE trailer looks mighty small, can you enlarge it a bit in the game?

    Thanks.

  • wojtekwojtek Member Posts: 311
    Crossy said:

    New to this forum, but I've got a few questions if I might:

    1. I'm not a fan of the new GUI that BG:EE used, finding it low-res and chunky. I understand one can use the ini to make it not scale, but I'm curious if the Overhaul Games people might be considering making a replacement, perhaps using the UI I saw in the BG2:EE trailer today, that looks heaps better.

    they're planning to do the same Ul in BGEE

  • BerconBercon Member Posts: 486
    Crossy said:

    2. In regards to BG2:EE, I noticed the site says it has "remastered area artwork from original renders", can I assume this means the OG people were able to recover most (all?) of the original source-art from BG2, can we expect remastered areas for all the areas in the game?

    The keyword here is "original renders", which doesn't mean original source assets that were rendered. I think they have the 24bit images of the areas which would mean the colors could be better than in original BG2, i.e. not dithered, but don't take my word for it. And of course you'll have the upscaling algorithm that makes zooming in look better.

  • CrossyCrossy Member Posts: 3
    But that 3D stuff in the new trailer, I don't remember that from the original game.

  • JasiekJasiek Member Posts: 30
    Kaeloree said:



    As for the patch, there's no way it can really go 'totally wrong', but if some bizarre bug pops up, it definitely won't affect the release of BG2EE. They are separate projects being worked on by separate teams.

    @Kaeloree i thought that you wanted to use the same upgrades that will be tested in this open beta thingie. That's why I asked. So, the release date is, as of this moment, set in stone? :)

  • KamigoroshiKamigoroshi Member Posts: 4,670
    Does the upcoming BG2EE Supporter badge have horns? Or is it perhaps another severed NPC head? Personally I'd welcome a gooey aberration design choice myself. ;)

  • darrenkuodarrenkuo Member Posts: 366
    Why can't i find any quick link to BG-EE / BG2-EE from the forum,

  • RedGuardRedGuard Member Posts: 672

    Does the upcoming BG2EE Supporter badge have horns? Or is it perhaps another severed NPC head? Personally I'd welcome a gooey aberration design choice myself. ;)

    I'd imagine it to be either Irenicus' head, the two elven heads that represent Shadows of Amn or the Skull with the demonic hand gripping it.

  • DeeDee Member Posts: 10,438
    Tome said:

    Just want to thank you for taking the time to answer all these questions, it's really brilliant to see such great customer interaction! :)

    Anyway, onto the questions:

    1: Will the next patch offer any further enhancements to the game's potential to be modded? (such as the ability to create sorcerer kits that was implemented last time) If so, are you able to share any of them?

    I'm probably not the best person to answer this in specifics, but we've externalized a number of things, including some things that might not have even occurred to people to ask for.

    As a very small example, you can now change the default starting colors for a given race or class by changing a value in a 2da file--we've done some work already (no more caucasian half-orcs), but that may open up some possibilities for modders wanting to add a layer of customization to their kits.
    2: One of the most popular feature requests that's been drifting about for some time now is a request to make the INT and WIS stats more desirable/less dumpable for non-mages. Are there any plans to implement something like that or will the bonuses offered by stats remain as they are now?
    They'll remain as they are. The PnP bonuses for Wisdom and Intelligence can have a profound impact on gameplay and encounter balance, so we have to be careful before implementing anything so drastic.
    3: Did BG:EE do as well (financially) as was hoped? I know you guys can't disclose specifics, but would you say you met your expectations?
    Without getting into any specifics at all, I'd say we did alright. We're all still able to continue working, and we haven't gone bankrupt yet, so I'd call that a success.

    I should clarify, though, that game development is a lot like running a small theater. Success for one theater might mean selling out at the box office every night for an entire season, while success for another theater might mean making enough from ticket sales to pay all the actors and technicians even if you can't pay yourself. The measure of success for any artistic venture is in whether or not the artists can afford to keep making art. And in that sense we've been successful.
    4: Will your relationship with the new companions be carried over in BG2? For example, will any romance with them be acknowledged when you meet and will they be friendlier towards you if their personal quests were completed?
    I believe I answered this earlier in the thread, but it may have been lost in the shuffle. No, unfortunately the way export/import works in these games doesn't allow the importing of variables, such as romances and quests. So it will be more or less the same as any other NPC in BG2. A fresh start, more or less.
    5: Finally, are more races/subraces still potentially being worked on?
    I'm positive that I've already been ninja'd on this one, but no, we have no plans to implement new races or subraces. The number of factors to consider are too great, and we would rather spend our resources on things that will benefit everyone without the potential for giant gaping plot-holes.

    alnair
  • DeeDee Member Posts: 10,438

    The new rendering engine contains performance features. What else?

    It's mainly performance enhancements, to allow the game to run on a greater variety of hardware. We've made a number of other enhancements in the game as well, but as far as the renderer is concerned it's mostly for compatibility and stability. If you purchased through Beamdog you'll be able to see what I mean when we release the Open Beta sometime in September.

    RedGuard
  • DeeDee Member Posts: 10,438
    orkybash said:

    Hi there, just a quick but specific question regarding the Android version: Will I be able to play a bit on the Android version, upload my save game to Google Drive/Dropbox, pull it down to my PC, pick it up a bit there, then push it back to my Android device? This requires:
    1. Save games stored on the SD card, NOT in the app's private storage (so that doing something like this doesn't require root)
    2. Compatibility in the save format between the Android and PC versions.

    Are you able to comment on any of this?

    Regarding #2, I can tell you that they use the same format. I'm not sure what Android requires, but I believe it will be possible to transfer your saves from the tablet to another computer (but don't take that as gospel).

  • DeeDee Member Posts: 10,438
    Mikael said:

    Will Totemic Druid's spirit animals further improve in BG2:EE or will they remain the same? Just wondering if it's worth making one :)

    We "downsized" the spirit animals for BG1EE so that they wouldn't completely ruin the difficulty of the game. BG2:EE will use the original animals, so they'll be more powerful than their BG1 counterparts.

  • DeeDee Member Posts: 10,438
    shawne said:

    Any word on whether content from "Ascension" (other than the dialogue bugfixes) will be integrated into the game? Last we heard Trent and Phil said they were interested and looking into it...

    We're still looking at options. It's one of the most talked-about items in our internal conversations, and we want to make sure we do what's best for the players. That's all I can say about it, at least for now.

    alnairrorikon
  • DeeDee Member Posts: 10,438
    agris said:

    Hey @Dee, I saw this on the new BG2:EE page!

    [...] remastered area artwork from original renders

    Does that mean that Beamdog was able to get their hands on the original MAP art assets for BG2?
    We were able to get the original renders (the bmp images) for the BG2 areas, which allowed us to apply more modern compression techniques than were originally employed. Trent talked a little bit about the difference at PAX yesterday, so if you can find a video of that panel it's definitely worth a listen.

    alnairagris
  • DeeDee Member Posts: 10,438
    k8eycat said:

    Okay, I gotta ask, but I imagine I won't get a solid answer. Here goes: We've been waiting a long time for the Android version and I understand you are still working on it, however, is it possible that you could let us know which devices are being tested or are planned for the Android release? I would just like to know whether or not all this waiting was in vain. If I could have a general idea, then maybe I could either just give up or continue waiting, but checking back everyday is going to feel so awful if you guys say "Dude, sorry, Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 is even being considered. This is just for Nexus. We thought you knew that."

    Here are the system requirements listed on the Baldursgateii.com website for Android:
    System Requirements:

    Requires an Android tablet with a Tegra 2 or equivalent graphics processor.
    OS: Android 4.0 or newer
    Storage: 2.5 GB of free space
    BG1EE will use the same system requirements.

  • DeeDee Member Posts: 10,438
    Edvin said:

    Simple question: Will be that new female thief romanceable ?

    Without giving too much away, yes.

  • DeeDee Member Posts: 10,438
    redline said:

    BG:EE offered a slight discount to pre-purchases. Will there be similar incentives to pre-order BG2:EE?

    At the moment we don't have anything planned, although that's not to say that we won't look at options later on.

  • DeeDee Member Posts: 10,438
    Some of these questions have already been answered by others in this thread, but I'm on a roll, so...
    Crossy said:

    New to this forum, but I've got a few questions if I might:

    1. I'm not a fan of the new GUI that BG:EE used, finding it low-res and chunky. I understand one can use the ini to make it not scale, but I'm curious if the Overhaul Games people might be considering making a replacement, perhaps using the UI I saw in the BG2:EE trailer today, that looks heaps better.

    Imagine the UI you saw in the trailer, but with the same color scheme and textures as are currently in BG1EE. That's what we're talking about when we discuss the "new" UI.
    3. Finally, another question on the UI, the combat log in that BG2:EE trailer looks mighty small, can you enlarge it a bit in the game?

    Thanks.
    Yes, the combat log can still be resized, just like the current one. It's not as smooth as a Click-and-Drag, but the two buttons on the side of it will let you expand and collapse it as needed.

  • DeeDee Member Posts: 10,438
    Jasiek said:

    Kaeloree said:



    As for the patch, there's no way it can really go 'totally wrong', but if some bizarre bug pops up, it definitely won't affect the release of BG2EE. They are separate projects being worked on by separate teams.

    @Kaeloree i thought that you wanted to use the same upgrades that will be tested in this open beta thingie. That's why I asked. So, the release date is, as of this moment, set in stone? :)
    As of this moment, yes.

    Jasiek
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