Icewind Dale 2: Enhanced Edition is released!
It has finally arrived! Icewind Dale 2: Enhanced Edition is now available for download.
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 has rebuilt IWD2 with nothing more than WeiDU code and hex editing to streamline IWD2's gameplay and introduce new content.
Icewind Dale 2: Enhanced Edition revises over 300 spells and over 800 items, introduces more than 110 completely new spells, 170 new magic items and 30 new feats, and allows several of IWD2's NPCs to join the party, from Veira the ghost to Vrek Vileclaw the river troll to Xhaan the white abishai to Zack Boosenburry and his spider mount, Aocha. Even better, IWD2EE has major quality of life improvements, including quickloot and significantly faster load times.
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. IWD2EE is fully customizable and the player can tweak their install to taste.
Icewind Dale 2: Enhanced Edition is a free-to-download WeiDU mod. You must have Icewind Dale 2 installed in order to run this mod. Put it in your IWD2 game folder and run Setup-iwd2ee.exe. 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 IWD2EE 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. Note that antivirus programs might detect IWD2EE.exe / IEex.dll as a virus - this is a false positive. You should make sure to exclude IWD2EE.exe from your antivirus once you download it.
Also, we welcome you to our IWD2EE Discord. Please put feedback and bug reports there.
OTHER IMPORTANT NOTES:
IWD2EE is currently Windows-only.
IWD2EE is singleplayer-only. Multiplayer does not function properly.
Do not install the Widescreen Mod; it will crash the game. IWD2EE includes its own widescreen capability.
If you find that the names and descriptions of a bunch of feats, spells, and items are blank, this is because you renamed your game folder. You can fix this by opening icewind2.ini in Notepad and editing the lines that say something like this:
HD0:=C:\Program Files (x86)\Black Isle\Icewind Dale II
CD1:=C:\Program Files (x86)\Black Isle\Icewind Dale II\Data\
CD2:=C:\Program Files (x86)\Black Isle\Icewind Dale II\CD2\
(It will say something different if you downloaded the game from GOG.)
You need to edit these lines to point to the new directory where you're playing IWD2EE.
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