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Interplay Announces 'Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance' for Xbox - First Screens

by Rainier on May 17, 2002 @ 7:13 p.m. PDT

Black Isle Studios, the award-winning RPG (roleplaying game) division of Interplay, and leading console game developer Snowblind Studios announced today their plan to bring the Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance franchise to the Xbox.

"We recognize the tremendous demand for a game like Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance on Xbox and don't want Xbox gamers to miss out on this thrilling gaming experience," stated Feargus Urquhart, President of Black Isle Studios.

Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance features a distinctive blend of action and adventure set in the most popular Dungeons & Dragons campaign setting: The FORGOTTEN REALMS franchise owned by Wizards of the Coast Inc., a subsidiary of Hasbro Inc., and licensed to Infogrames Interactive. Faithful adaptation of the new Dungeons & Dragons rules set, customizable player characters and character development allow for an engrossing gameplay experience new to Xbox gamers. Dramatic spell effects and powerful abilities add to the flavor of this action-packed game and assist the player in combat against many terrifying monsters found in the adventure.

It's the massively popular world of Baldur's Gate™ as you have never seen it before. Baldur's Gate™: Dark Alliance™ is a revolutionary action adventure with an epic tale of intrigue, fierce alliances, explosive spell effects and highly detailed creatures and environments. Baldur's Gate™: Dark Alliance™ is a benchmark of technology and gameplay.

Special Features:

  • Ground-breaking adventure for Xbox, located in the most popular Dungeons & DragonsĀ® campaign setting ever created; the Forgotten RealmsĀ®.
  • First Xbox game to utilize the 3rd Edition Dungeons & Dragons rule set.
  • Graphically enhanced environments, creatures and explosive spell effects that maximize the power of Xbox technology, delivering a more realistic gaming experience.
  • Three customizable characters, each with distinctive powers, appearances and abilities that develop throughout the game
  • Dolby Surround sound, real-time sound effect mixing, Hollywood voice talent and an original soundtrack by acclaimed composer, Jeremy Soule.
  • Featuring single and two-player cooperative mode.
  • Produced by the award-winning Black Isle Studios.
  • Developed by Snowblind Studios.

"We are extremely excited about bringing Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance to Xbox," stated Ryan Geithman, Director of Snowblind Studios. "So far, we have yet to see this type of action-RPG game on Xbox. We believe Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance will be a unique asset to the system."

Played from a third person perspective, Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance immerses players in the port town of Baldur's Gate. Darkness has fallen upon the town and rumors of a Thieves' Guild civil war brew beneath the streets of the city. Entering this desperate situation, the player finds himself fresh to the city of Baldur's Gate and new to the world of adventuring. He soon learns that he stands in the way of one of the greatest threats ever to strike the town of Baldur's Gate and the entire region of The Sword Coast.

Black Isle Studios, the creators of the Fallout series, Planescape: Torment and the Icewind Dale saga, is proud to bring Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance to Xbox. More information on Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance for Xbox can be found at the BlackIsle website.

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