The Baldur's Gate III we're getting isn't the first attempt at a sequel to the hit series. Come learn the history of the Baldur's Gate III that almost was.
Baldur's Gate is a beloved series of PC games. Published in the latter days of 2nd Edition, this series put venerable cRPG producer BioWare on the map, launching 2 incredible games and developing the Infinity Engine which would later be used for games like Icewind Dale and Planescape: Torment, and introducing players the world over to characters like the Rashemi Ranger Minsc and his miniature giant space hamster companion, Boo.
Or the neutral good human thief Imoen, whose nature as Bhaalspawn makes for a dramatic tension that changes whether she skews good or evil:
A ton of the staples of "modern" RPG storytelling, characters whose personalities change as the main character influences them and makes decision, are established in this series. Whether it's romancing companion characters (to varying degrees of success) like the druid Jaheira
Although this didn't come about until Baldur's Gate 2--but even in Baldur's Gate romance was still a part of the storytelling, characters in the party could fall in love with each other if you brought them along on the right adventures. And in Baldur's Gate 2, depending on your actions, you can find love with four different characters (a trend that has since expan...