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By Dan Huling
of Winter is an expansion pack add-on for Icewind Dale that is
nearing release in the 1st Quarter of 2001 which is being
published by Black Isle Studios and Published by the guys at
Heart of Winter promises up to 20-30 hours of added adventure,
along with this add-on comes an
gaming engine, which adds a great deal more support for
pathfinding; higher resolutions up to 1024x768 (800x600 is
supported); drop away interface and a few tweaked battles in the
'old lands' of the Icewind Dale game as well!
Basically, the interface has been upgraded to the one Baldurs Gate
II uses now minus a few options (Such as the map location markers,
and a few other small items), which begs the question-- have Dragons been added to
this add-on? If you view the logo above, it looks like their may
be! Dragonbane anyone?
why are we going back to the cold tundra that is Icewind Dale you
ask? Well, you and your party (you can import your characters into
the new adventure) head to the far North of the Spine of the World
in a town known as Lonelywood.
You'll meet a man there that tells you that an Undead Barbarian
named Joril (The dude that helped you seal the gate at the end
and his army of Barbarians are threatening the small town
of Lonelywood, and he asks you to bring peace to the town,
the Barbarians, and a few.. 'other' areas!
We've played the game for about 5 hours so far, and it's
really great! The artwork is totally mind blowing as well
(Even better than that in Baldurs Gate II) and for those
that didn't like the static cut-scenes-you'll be happy to
know there is an awesome opening cut-scene, with more
possible in the game. (As we delve deeper into the game,
we'll update this).
We've added a bunch of screenshots that we think you'll
like, we did try to get some unique shots so you can get
an idea of the new spells, monsters and such.
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