Icewind Dale 2: Enhanced Edition is here and the Red Chimera Group is looking for playtesters!
People have been waiting years for this to happen.
With its source code lost to time, ICEWIND DALE II was thought to be dead, with no hope of an Enhanced Edition. That time has come to an end. The Red Chimera Group, a team of modders, coders, artists, and other contributors drawn from the Infinity Engine community, is re-building Icewind Dale II with nothing more than WeiDU code and hex editing to streamline IWD2's gameplay, rebalance the class system, and introduce new content.
Icewind Dale II: Enhanced Edition changes over 300 spells and over 1,000 items, introduces more than 30 completely new spells and 120 new items, and adds several unique recruitable NPCs, from Veira the ghost maiden to Vrek Vileclaw the river troll to Xhaan the white abishai to Zack Boosenburry and his spider mount, Aocha. This mod also fixes the major issues many players had with the original Icewind Dale 2: you no longer have to solve tedious, cryptic puzzles to complete certain areas, enemies in Heart of Fury Mode are empowered in interesting ways rather than just having lots of HP, and you can revise the experience system so you won't get zero experience for killing enemies late in the game. IWD2:EE is fully customizable and the player can tweak their install to taste.
IWD2:EE will be released as a free-to-download WeiDU mod pending a closed beta period. Anyone who is interested in becoming a beta tester may contact @semiticgoddess or another member of the team to gain access to the mod.
This project would not have been possible without the dedicated work of our community members, who donated their time and expertise to craft this mod. The Red Chimera Group is open to new content creators, especially artists (we do not currently have a musician to fill IWD2:EE with more sound), but most of all we want playtesters to better refine the mod. Immense thanks to everyone who has contributed to IWD2:EE since its inception:
Chris Dix (@semiticgoddess )
Andrii Shafetov (@ashafetov )
Igor Levchenko (@Igor_Levchenko )
Contributors and Testers:
Once IWD2:EE is installed, a new startup program is added to the game folder: IWD2EE.exe.
You MUST start the game using IWD2EE.exe rather than IWD2.exe. If you start the game by clicking on IWD2.exe, the game will crash during character creation or when you load a save game.
Icewind Dale 2: Enhanced Edition uses a new extender called IEex (similar to EEex and ToBEx), which lets IWD2:EE add new features that could not normally be added by mods, such as new feats. IEex only works when the game is started via IWD2EE.exe.
Technical Details: IWD2EE.exe injects IEex.dll into IWD2.exe, creating a Lua scripting environment that can alter the game executable in memory. Note that antivirus programs might detect IWD2EE.exe / IEex.dll as a virus due to the utilization of dll injection - this is a false positive. While dll injection can be used by malicious applications to modify sensitive programs, IEex just expands the Infinity Engine. Both IEex and IWD2:EE are open source and safe to use.
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