Beamdog, a deveopment studio based in Canada, announced release of Neverwinter Nights Enhanced Edition for PC, GameInformer reports. Composed of ex-Bioware staff, the studio details on features for the enhanced version of the beloved RPG:
- Improved Display: Your portrait, combat bar, inventory, and other UI elements adjust in size based on your chosen resolution including 1080p and 4k.
- Advanced Graphics Options: Pixel shaders and post-processing effects make for crisper, cleaner visuals. Enable contrast, vibrance, and depth of field options as preferred.
- Community Endorsed: Original developers have teamed with key members of the Neverwinter Nights community to curate important fan-requested improvements to support players, storytellers, and modders.
- Backwards Compatibility: Works with save games, modules, and mods from the original Neverwinter Nights. A galaxy of community created content awaits.
The announcement comes with a companion video trailer for the upcoming enhanced edition.
Good Old Bioware Days
The original Neverwinter Nights runs on the old Bioware Aurora Engine, the same engine that also powers The Witcher. The first in its series, The Witcher licensed the Aurora Engine for its linear RPG gameplay. It also powers the Neverwinter Nights series of games, including their corresponding expansions.
Beamdog now uses their in-house technology called Infinity Engine, which now powers enhanced editions of Baldur’s Gate, and also Icewind Dale. Neverwinter Nights, as well as its sequel, became part of the Steam Library, but then suddenly pulled out. Speculations suggest that the titles might have been transferred from Bioware to Beamdog.
The Bioware Disapora
Since Electronics Arts acquired Bioware, some ex-staff worked on other companies, one of them being Beamdog. Bioware has since focused on its Mass Effect and Dragon Age franchises. Recently, Bioware has announced a new IP Anthem, deemed to compete against Activision’s Destiny.
Bioware became the butt of jokes lately because of the release glicthes and issues of Mass Effect: Andromeda.