A new gameplay trailer for the remake of the co-op action RPG Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance 2 confirms the game’s upcoming release date.
In 2004, legendary game development team Black Isle Studios released its last game, Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance 2. This hack-and-slash action RPG was a shift away from the traditional CRPG focus tradition of the Black Isle, but that’s what makes it all the more interesting. Now, in 2022, Interplay is bringing back Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance 2, remastered for a new generation of Dungeons & Dragons fans to enjoy. The new gameplay trailer for Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance 2 confirms it’s coming soon.
Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance 2 is a faithful reimagining of the original game from Black Isle Studios. That means the Dark Alliance 2 remake will also include five playable characters, including Dorn Redbear and the moon elf Ysuran Auondril. Players will experience more than 80 levels of content, each containing classic Dungeon & Dragons villains including hobgoblins, vampires, and dragons. Naturally, there are also plenty of loot to claim and ways to make one’s character stronger.
It wouldn’t be a Black Isle game without a compelling fantasy story. It begins with the original protagonist of the dark alliance being taken prisoner by the vampire Mordoc SeLanmere. The new protagonist begins their adventure with small quests, exterminating hobgoblins and fighting the Baldur’s Gate thieves. They then come together to prevent the reincarnation of the Onyx Tower, a quest that leads them to confront Mordoc directly. Needless to say, all tensions escalated from there.
Like with the remake of its predecessor, Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance 2 will not get the multiplayer upgrade for the latest release. Instead, it will keep the same 2-player co-op option as it did when it first launched in 2004. Interplay encourages Steam players to use the platform’s Remote Play feature to create out a kind of online multiplayer. It is also confirmed to work on the Steam Deck.
The return of Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance 2 indeed brings back some sad memories. As noted, this was Black Isle Studios’ last game before financial problems at publisher Interplay led to their downfall. In fact, the Black Isle was closed before Dark Alliance 2 came out while the team was working hard on Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance 3.
While Black Isle Studios is gone, leading to the founding of Obsidian Entertainment in their shadow, their games can still be celebrated. The release of remakes of both Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance and Dark Alliance 2 on modern platforms made the hack and slash games widely available for the first time in over a decade.
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