If for some reason you still have the old save files lying around from your previous adventures with Baldur’s Gate then you should be happy to know that your vigilant file saving methods might finally pay off. When asked via Twitter about whether or not the new enhanced version of Baldur’s Gate would be compatible with player’s old save files, Beamdog developer Trent Oster responded, “We haven’t changed the save game formats yet. Hopefully nothing comes up that forces that on us.” So if you attempted to save Minsc’s wife back in the original Baldur’s Gate , him and his pet hamster, Boo, will continue to fight for your honor all these years later.
The team also has plans to keep all of BG’s old mods working correctly as well. In that same Q&A session on his Twitter page, Trent Oster mentioned, “we are trying hard not to break mods.” This is exactly the type of behavior that keeps old fans of the franchise interested in a new project. Most fans don’t like to hear the word remake, and when you tell them that it isn’t a remake so much as a reboot, they get even more nervous. But if you tell them that you plan to simply keep everything the community has done previously and then build on it, well that tends to keep the hordes at bay.
Developers who work on remakes are in a unique situation, and it is good to see developers like Beamdog (or Firaxis for that matter) taking the time to plan around the already existing community. If a franchise can build trust, or rebuild trust, within a once thriving community, game’s like Baldur’s Gate may have their best days ahead of them, not behind.