I know this is about the ancient Black Isle days, but I've always wanted to know. I've asked Sawyer twice on twitter/tumblr but never received an answer. I know Black Isle was in deep trouble during IWD2 development, but I've always wanted to know if there was a plan for an expansion, or if everyone was already on their way out by then.
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Was there ever any plans for an expansion for Icewind Dale 2?
Posted 31 July 2018 - 06:27 PM
Posted 31 July 2018 - 06:39 PM
Not sure if anyone on these boards can answer that. I personally loved the Icewind Dale series and was always looking for news of an expansion or sequel but never found anything. Since Baldur's Gate was always the favorite brother, I presume that's where they were directing their energies when the studio closed (the wiki says "Baldur's Gate III: The Black Hound, Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance III and the original Fallout 3" were cancelled).
RIP Icewind Dale
Edited by Heijoushin, 31 July 2018 - 06:40 PM.
Posted 01 August 2018 - 10:13 AM
As an older gamer who was very active on the old Black Isle forums, I vaguely recall that the IwD2 base game itself only barely made it into our hands. There was even some brief talk of canceling that game before its release because of the financial woes of the studio. So I highly doubt there ever were any concrete plans for an expansion beyond the usual discussions that would have happened during the base game's development.
Posted 07 August 2018 - 06:33 AM
Like Kanisatha, I don't recall any talk of an expansion for IWD2. It was originally supposed to be a short production, quick turnaround game designed to get some immediate cash in the face of Interplay's mounting financial problems (hence why it was originally going to be 2e and use kits to build off all the stuff already created for the Infinity Engine to that point).
I imagine (but could be wrong) that expansions to IWD2 weren't seriously considered in favor of trying to get BG: The Dark Hound completed, as the full BG game would have (theoretically) benefited Interplay more than expansions to IWD2.
From what I recall the last projects BIS worked on went something like:
- IWD 2 (released Aug 2002)
- Lionheart: Legacy of the Crusader (released Aug 2003; developed by Reflexive but I know some BIS employees worked on it)
- BG: Dark Alliance 2 (released Jan 2004; delayed from Oct 2003 release date due to disagreements with Vivendi that didn't get resolved until Nov 2003)
- Fallout 3 (cancelled Dec 2003)
- BG: The Dark Hound (cancelled Dec 2003)
- BG: Dark Alliance 3 (cancelled Dec 2003)
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