What you need to know
- Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance is receiving a 4K re-release, dropping tomorrow, May 7.
- The game features high-resolution graphics while maintaining the original game's presentation.
- The game releases on all available consoles, with a PC and mobile release coming later this year.
- The 4K re-release will cost $30.
Fans of hack-and-slash action RPGs are in for a treat. The original Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance is receiving a 4K re-release on modern consoles, courtesy of Interplay, almost 20 years after its original release.
According to the newly released trailer, Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance will be releasing this Friday, May 7, for the Xbox One, Xbox Series X | S, PS4, PS5, and Nintendo Switch, with a PC and mobile release coming later this year. It will be available for $30.
The re-release of the beloved classic — an isometric dungeon crawler that features similar gameplay to the Diablo series — will include high-resolution graphics but seems to maintain the original game's presentation. The game will also include two-player co-op throughout its campaign. Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance takes place in the world of The Forgotten Realms, the campaign setting for Dungeons & Dragons in all of its editions.
Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance was received well when it first released on the PlayStation 2 and original Xbox in 2001. It spawned a sequel, Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance 2, and its engine was used in the exclusive PS2 EverQuest spinoff, Champions of Norrath. It's a classic RPG that should fit in well with the rest of the excellent RPGs available on Xbox and should hold Diablo fans over until Diablo 2 Resurrected releases later this year.
It also spawned the spiritual successor, Dungeons and Dragons: Dark Alliance, set to launch this summer. The new game, developed by Tuque Games, switches the perspective to a third-person over-the-shoulder viewpoint that has more in common with Gears of War than Diablo.
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