So here's the thing. I've seen a huge number of threads spawning debates over all of the things people feel that Beamdog has done wrong. I want to take a moment to say...
Thank you Beamdog!
Why? Because Beamdog is incredible. That's a fact. They took a game that people loved and added to it. They improved various features, such as the horrible journal, and gave us new characters and NPCs to talk to and recruit. They created new quests and added new magical items. And then after doing well with the enhanced editions, they gave us a new game to bridge the gap.
And then, after all of that, they still said, "What can we do to make this better?"
Throughout all of this time, they have listened to the feedback. They have added new features that have been requested. They have modified existing characters and story lines upon fan feedback. They have kept the lines of communication open allowing these games to not be just a game created by a company for a group of people. These games have become much more. They're a game that the entire community helped to create. Anytime one pulls up BGEE, you can point to various features that were created and implemented solely because of fan feedback. And despite all of the controversy from recent issues/non-issues, they choose to continue to try to improve our experience.
And it's incredible. The fact that there is a location where I can go to submit an idea for a new character, or character class, or quest line, or feature... and know that it'll be considered and maybe even implemented in a future update for a game that I've loved for the last 18 years is amazing.
And if somebody doesn't like the changes, they can still play the original. They did it all by releasing a new game with new features that built upon a game that is still completely playable, should you choose to play that version instead.
So thank you, Beamdog. I genuinely appreciate all of the effort you've put into reviving the BG experience and including us as part of the development process.
You're the best!