Neverwinter Nights’ new enhanced edition will support old modules

It’s the thing to do lately: rerelease a classic video game with just enough enhancements to charge for it all over again. In this case, however, I suspect it’s a good thing. I’m talking, of course, about BioWare’s 15-year-old multiplayer Neverwinter Nights, which Canadian studio Beamdog will be re-delivering in an “enhanced edition,” though we don’t have a release date just yet. That’s the same studio that’s already retooled other old BioWare games, like Baldur’s Gate and Planescape Torment, and is in fact made up of former BioWare devs.

“We’ve added an improved display that looks great on modern 4K monitors, UI elements now adjust in size based on chosen resolution, and post-processing effects make for crisper, cleaner visuals,” Beamdog writes. “Save games, modules, and mods from the original Neverwinter Nights work in the Enhanced Edition.”

Oh man, that means my guild’s old custom roleplaying modules from back in the day will still work. I wonder if anyone’s up for a campaign…

Beamdog’s running a reveal stream today at 3 p.m. EDT – not long after this article goes live – so take a peek in person if you’re so inclined!

Source: Press release, Game Informer
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Jeremiah Ratican

Those of you thinking this is just a cash grab for an old game, check it out! This was developed with the fans that have been supporting this game since Bioware abandoned it https://neverwintervault.org/ee-reveal/

SO FREAKING EXCITED!

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Matthew Yetter

Steam has a huge sale on these games today. The best deal is the mega bundle with everything for all titles (except NWN, which of course hasn’t released yet). That is 50% off the usual bundle price.

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Erik Heinze-Milne

Eh, less excited for this one than I was for the infinity engine games. NWN was fun and all, but I’ve never really found myself compelled to go back and play it again like with BG, IWD, and PST.

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David Harrison

I absolutely loved this game back in the day. I will so be buying this one!

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RandomSadGamer

I hope it comes with the toolset as well. Making modules and Persistent Worlds was great fun.

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Knox Harrington

Ah the good ole days from back when Bioware could still make a decent RPG…

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semugh

omg now that’s news.
Anyways, please do a mobile version. And please don’t forget mac and linux.

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archaegeo

I wrote the Hardcore Ruleset package for NWN, it was a lot of fun, and really added a ton of flexibility to the game.

That said, this announcement doesn’t make me want to run back to it. I would love a new NWN type creation, not someone just “enhancing” the old game.

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Fenryr Grey

maybe they’ll add something like they did with Siege of Dragonspear. So far I’ve been very pleased with Beamdog, and I’m going to play it again.

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zoward

Given how the badly the AAA gaming industry has fallen in love with lootboxes and in-game stores, a revamp of NWN may be the best we get. I’m looking forward to seeing what Beamdog comes up with.

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hugmonster

Does it come with the expansions too?
Because, Oh, The Feels!

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Castagere Shaikura

I would be into this but i don’t know anything about these guys.

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Schmidt.Capela

They did the same with Baldur’s Gate, Icewind Dale, and Planescape Torment.

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Mahyar Goodarzi

Can’t wait to play this on my ipad!

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Oleg Chebeneev

This company Beamdog are parasites of gamedev. They dont create anything new. They dont improve what was made before them. They just take other developer’s classic games and relaunch them with same outdated graphics claiming it was “enhanced” and asking money for it.

It is one of those companies I would be happy to see going bankrupt

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Matthew Yetter

You’re overlooking the fact that Beamdog is made up of former BioWare devs. (Specifically, it was founded by BioWare co-founder Trent Oster and BioWare lead programmer Cameron Tofer.) So they’re not really taking other developers’ games — they’re retooling their own games to make them run on modern systems.

As for the graphics, there is only so much that can be done without totally writing a new game engine. For example, there is no way to remove isometric views. How much texture overhauling they can do is also going to depend upon the engine’s capabilities — can it even handle anything larger than a 1K map? Does it support transparency? Bump? Forget normal mapping as that technology didn’t even start to become widely used in games until late 2003, more than a year after the release of Neverwinter Nights (to say nothing of all the other games that have been re-released thus far). Can they plug in new shaders?

In other words, there are a great many technical hurdles that would have to be overcome to significantly overhaul any of these games. For many people, just the opportunity to go back and replay a beloved game is more than enough reason to be happy to see the work that Beamdog is doing. You’re obviously not among them, but that’s fine. Nobody is requiring you to buy the games.

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Angel

If the original company wanted to re-release the game with updated stuff they would have done so by now. This company is bringing back older beloved games and making them playable on modern systems. There is nothing at all wrong with that.

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Erik Heinze-Milne

Pretty much IS the original company, it’s run by one of the co-founders and the lead programmer from Bioware back when they made this stuff.

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Oleg Chebeneev

They were ALREADY playable on modern system. There are community patches that allow to run them perfectly with any resolution on any system. And they are free.

Look at Resident Evil reboot. Or Final Fantasy VII reboot. This is how you make enhanced editions. Enhanced editions by Beamdog are nothing but rip off

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Durenas

People like you make me wish I could downvote people here.

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Fisty

NWN persistent world servers were my graphical MMO’s for a long time.

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Kevin Smith

I love that old games are getting remakes, I just wish they would update to newer engines. Basically remake the game in a modern engine. Hell I would pay way above the asking rate for this game remade in a modern engine.

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Schmidt.Capela

Nitpicking, but Beamdog doesn’t do remakes. They are not even remasters. What Beamdog does is more akin to a port, from old computers to modern ones. It basically saves players the hassle of messing with emulators and compatibility options, while allowing the game to make use of modern hardware.

It’s valuable for many customers; I would love seeing some of my old favorites get this treatment (and would purchase them anew if it happened). But you shouldn’t expect those games to be upgraded to modern visual standards.

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Durenas

Unfortunately there are limits on what they can accomplish in a reasonable timeframe. Plus it would likely break compatibility with old modules.

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Nabe

Can’t see why this’d be worth it just to have the UI scale … if it was remade in a modern engine and things it could be great though … one positive is it did remind me of an unfinished campaign I had going with some friends and maybe we can pick up where we left off.

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Sterling

Anyone checked if the NWVault is still operating?

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Jeremiah Ratican

https://neverwintervault.org is the new NWvault home.

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jinarra

Sadly, NWVault was part of the Gamespy network, and they tanked a few years ago, as I recall. I think Nexusmods grabbed their archives, among other people.

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Dug From The Earth

Ive sunk tons of hours into the original NWN game.

I was even one of the devs for the Neversummer mod/server for a period of time, which was a pretty big, populated custom server with huge amounts of custom content.

That being said, I dont think ill be picking this up. Simply not enough “enhancements” are being done to it to really warrant visiting it again. Its not enough to warrant calling it an HD version even.

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Denice J. Cook

I loved that game back in the day. It’s too bad they didn’t change the engine for this remake, though. :P That camera is just gawd-awful!

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