Skybound brings classic Dungeons & Dragons titles to modern consoles

Dungeons & Dragons is known for its ability to turn a tabletop into an endless expanse of adventure, but the franchise has also graced television and computer screens in numerous iterations since its 1974 debut. Later this year, five of those titles make their way to modern consoles thanks to Skybound Games.

Three different enhanced edition collections—Baldur’s Gate and Baldur’s Gate II, Planetscape: Torment and Icewind Dale, and Neverwinter Nights Enhanced Edition—will launch for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch for $49.99 each. They can be pre-ordered through Skybound Games’ online store now and ship this October.

Each game also has its own special edition option, and one ultimate edition brings all three together in one package. They’re only available for pre-order until Aug. 2, so read on for details of each release.

Baldur’s Gate and Baldur’s Gate II

The enhanced edition of Baldur’s Gate and Baldur’s Gate II includes all downloadable content and the expansion that acts as a bridge between the two titles, Siege of Dragonspear.

Its $99.99 collector’s pack includes the game, a set of metal dice decorated with the image of the Bhaalspawn, a journal and medallion featuring the same image, three hero cards, a parchment map of D&D’s game world and three pins featuring imagery from the game. This set is scheduled to ship in October.

The original Baldur’s Gate was released in 1998 for PC, with its sequel following in 2000. The name has become synonymous with the D&D brand in the video game space, with the series expanding to include the critically acclaimed Dark Alliance spinoffs, as well as a newly announced sequel, Baldur’s Gate III.

Planetscape: Torment and Icewind Dale

Planetscape: Torment and Icewind Dale’s enhanced editions include all downloadable content and come with a metal dice set, a medallion and a notebook decorated with Lady of Pain from the Planetscape campaign. The set also includes a collector’s box, two pins, three hero cards, a parchment map and a squishy skull of Morte from Planetscape: Torment. The set retails for $99.99 and is scheduled to ship in October.

Planetscape: Torment was released in 1999 and won Game of the Year from online industry publication GameSpot. In 2015, it was named the best RPG of all time by PC Gamer.

Icewind Dale was released in 2000 and currently holds an 87 percent positive rating from review aggregate site Metacritic.

Neverwinter Nights

Neverwinter Nights Enhanced Edition includes the full game, as well as 10 standalone adventures set in the D&D universe that originally launched as the game’s downloadable content.

The collector’s pack also retails for $99.99 and includes a dice set, journal and medallion all decorated with the game’s eye logo, two game-specific pins, three hero cards, a parchment map and a collector’s box. This set is scheduled to ship in December.

Originally released in 2002, Neverwinter Nights is the newest game on the list. It received critical praise at launch and was named Computer Role Playing Game of the Year at the 2002 Interactive Achievement Awards, now known as D.I.C.E. Awards.

Ultimate Enhanced Edition Collector’s Pack

This $199.99 set features all three releases on the format of choice, along with some collectibles exclusive to this set.

The parchment map included with every other collector’s pack is still there, along with pins from Planetscape: Torment and Baldur’s Gate, the squishy Morte skull and a smattering of hero cards. The medallion has been replaced with a Beholder ice tray, and the D&D monster’s likeness also adorns this collection’s journal and dice set. Finally, it all comes in a special collector’s box large enough to house it all.

The Ultimate Enhanced Edition Collector’s Pack is scheduled to ship in December.

Our Take

These collections are impressive and comprehensive, with a great deal of fan service accompanying hours of gameplay. If you have a particular affinity for any of these titles, consider purchasing its specific collector’s edition for collectibles better geared towards your interest. If you want all the games with some D&D swag thrown in, the ultimate pack is the way to go. Remember, each title is available separately for $49.99, so plan your purchases accordingly.

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