Introducing the brand-new Beamdog Client 2.0!
As our favourite fans, we're giving you the chance to try it before it goes live to the world. But before we get started, please note that this is not our "next big thing” we’ve been working on for so long, only part of it. Watch out for more news on that soon!
The new Beamdog Client will run any product made by Beamdog, and we encourage you to try it out with your Enhanced Edition games. Just download, install, log-in, and point the new client at your existing games using the Find Existing Game button. Any titles you have through the old client made by studios other than Beamdog will continue to be run through the old client.
The old client was built around being a Steam-like store to sell thousands of games from various developers. It was built to manage a large number of products, and its design reflects that. Since then, we’ve moved away from the distributor part of our business and instead focused on making Beamdog titles like the Enhanced Editions. The new Beamdog Client is all about providing a solid and focused experience to showcase these games. We've trimmed out features that don't make sense anymore, such as a store within the client, and made a more streamlined experience where it's easy to download, update, and enjoy our games.
In addition to easy updates, the new Beamdog Client will feature easy-to-access forum links, quick links to the latest versions of online game manuals, and better connections to support.
Sharp eyed users will notice the new Beamdog Client supports products on Mac (specifically designed to work well with Sierra) and Linux. Though Linux users will see an empty list where games should be, perhaps that’s a sign of things to come in the future.
The Language Settings area is another part of the Beamdog Client that will be filled in future updates. We’d like for our fans to use the Beamdog Client in the language of their choice. French and German will just be the start of the options we’ll add in the future.
We also have plans to use the Beamdog Client to support and patch the physical copies of our Enhanced Editions. More news about that in the future.
For those of you asking what will happen to the old Beamdog Client, the answer is nothing. The client and launchers you’re used to using will remain as it is, but will not receive any future updates. We’ll be channeling our efforts into finding solutions for issues within the new Beamdog Client.
Windows XP users will not be able to use the new Beamdog Client. We’re sad to let that operating system go, however time, and technology, marches on.
We’d love to hear your feedback here on the forums and if you encounter any issues, please enter them in the Beamdog Client project on the Beamdog public bug tracker, found here: http://support.baldursgate.com/
Get the new Beamdog Client here: http://client.beamdog.com/releases/stable