I often lurk around to read others' opinion and content. And what I realised is that I don't seem to be the only one so far being disappointed in BG3.
shows how deep the divide is: 39% of people who seemed satisfied (before playing), as opposed to a majority of 41% who aren't plus 19% who wouldn't say they are:
Given that most BG1/BG2 players are hardcore fans and therefore should definitely look forward to any BG3, that percentage is huge. But why is this happening? This comes as a surprise since BG3's first apparition here
(85% for versus 15% against), there was an apparent 45% drop in satisfaction. We could understand that from the number of differences in setting and rules, as well as from graphics (3d), gameplay (turn-based), and plot, this made people go away from it. This made me wonder if it is really BG because it's called BG, whereas most of us here (41%) seem to answer "no".
Similarly like there was a consortium around the idea that 4th edition would be so cool post 3e, but then there seems to be a clan who sticked to the old and went for "3.75" (Pathfinder). Maybe BG should have never moved as far as the next edition, but nonetheless now that it has, there seems to be a reasonable amount of people, who disagree with the move from BG2 to BG3 as seen by Larian Studios, the same way that people chose to stay with the 3e. I believe if that game existed, there would be many people willing to have another try at a "3.75" BG game.
That's where Beamdog comes in.
I know there's been a lot of criticism with Beamdog's BG:SoD, but at least they can get the credit for making more of what we expected, right? I personally found more satisfaction with Beamdog's additions than with Larian Studios' offering of BG3. I, for one, would be sure to find a sequel to the series of BG2 (post-godhood), for example to link the events of BG2 and BG3 (as an expansion to BG2 (same as SoD was to BG1 and BG2)), more enjoyable than BG3.
My particularly favorite sequel would be if, for example, we were to follow the close story of Sarevok Anchev going onto beating an army of Orcs in Berdusk, then ruling at his side under his fiecesome reign in Westgate, and finally standing on the edge following his disappearance to Kara-Tur in front of an army of Cyrician followers under the psyonic control of Mind flayers (BG3-linkage), or something set in a kind of parallel universe where the hero does not reach godhood as a good deity.
Since Beamdog's role was decisive in keeping the game, I'm convinced that Beamdog should try and roll with this idea and try to keep the game again, this time only true to its fans.
EDIT: Since the discussion has sort of moved along to determining what is BG and what is not, allow me to ask you: if you had to keep only 3 of the following 5 major aspects to remake the game:
1. DnD lore (Forgotten Realms); 2. ruleset (DnD 2-3e); 3. graphics (2d); 4. gameplay (Real-time with pause); 5. plot (Time of Troubles); which would they be?