Apologies if this has already been considered by Beamdog and ruled out. I've been away from the commuity for some time.
I recently went ahead and purchased BG3 only to discover that my computer can't run it. I was dismayed to discover that it would cost at least $700 to buy a new desktop to play BG3 at recommended specs.
That ain't happening any time soon... if ever... since I don't even know if I'll even like
BG3--which let's face it, is an entirely different animal than BG 1 and 2. BG3 may be a great game, granted. But to keep it real, there's many other things I'd much rather spend that amount of money on. CRPGing isn't something I want to spend close to a grand on these days.
However! I still hold out a hope that I could conceivably yet enjoy a new CRPG game in this beloved setting of the Sword Coast--and using the (EE) Infinity engine:
Using all the resources available from BG 1 and 2 and the IWD games... Could Beamdog cobble together an entirely new story? Which of course is then a new game because the story is different.
I'd love for it to be set on the Sword Coast. I'd want it to be set roughly during the same time period as the BG series. But it could certainly be independent of the Bhaalspan saga. Starting at 0 XP. And like BG 1 and 2, it could follow roughy the same level progressions for games 1 and 2.
Now clearly the success of such a game would depend on the writing. (Fortunately, we already know that all the other basic components will work out amazingly well, right?)
It absolutely has to have a great story. My advice is you can't go wrong by following Joseph Campbell's monomyth at the most basic level. (Beamdog, I'm available if you're looking for a writer to consult on that!)
But anyway, a great plot, characters you want to spend time with, and fun dialogue. We don't have to try to replicate the sheer quirky charm of the BG 1&2 series experience. A new tale probably should carve out it's own unique identity anyway.
But think of it. A brand new story using the EE Infinity engine created with the resources available. A super-mod essentially.