Baldur's Gate

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Baldur's Gate
Baldur's Gate cover
Developers
BioWare
Publishers
Black Isle Studios
Interplay Entertainment
Engines
Infinity
Release dates
Windows November 30, 1998
Mac OS July 31, 2000
macOS (OS X) April 18, 2014[1]
Linux October 14, 2014
Baldur's Gate guide at StrategyWiki
Baldur's Gate at Wikipedia
Baldur's Gate
Baldur's Gate 1998
Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn 2000
Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition 2012
Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition 2013

For the Enhanced Edition released in 2012, see Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition.

Key points

Almost no issues with newer systems due to large, active community.
Frame rate is capped at 30 FPS by default; increasing affects game speed.

General information

GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page
Baldur's Gate Wiki
Sorcerer's Place - Fansite dedicated to roleplaying and Dungeons & Dragons games
Spellhold Studios - A modding community for the Infinity Engine, Neverwinter Nights and The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
GameBanshee - Walkthroughs and strategy guides for Bauldur's Gate and its expansion, Tales of the Sword Coast

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
Windows
Mac OS
GOG.com
DRM-free
Bundled with Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition.[2] Includes the Tales of the Sword Coast expansion.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux

Version differences[edit]

The GOG.com version includes the Tales of the Sword Coast expansion as well as improved compatibility with modern versions of Windows.

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
Tales of the Sword Coast
Windows
Mac OS
macOS (OS X)
Linux

Essential improvements[edit]

Baldur's Gate Tutu[edit]

BG1Tutu allows the importing of Baldur's Gate files into the Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn engine. Refer to that page for further details.

Bugfixes and text update[edit]

Baldurdash bugfixes and text update fixes bugs, adds tweaks. Refer to that page for further details.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\baldur.ini
Mac OS
macOS (OS X)
Linux
It's unknown whether this game follows the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux. Please fill in this information.

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Save
Mac OS
macOS (OS X)
Linux

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy

Video settings[edit]

Video settings.
Video settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Use G3: Widescreen Mod.
Multi-monitor
Use G3: Widescreen Mod.
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS
Frame rate is capped at 30 FPS by default. Frame rate can be customized in the game's .ini file up to 60 FPS; however, frame rate is tied directly to the game's clock and changing it will change the game speed.
120+ FPS

Input settings[edit]

Input settings.
Input settings.

Audio settings[edit]

Audio settings.
Audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Ambient, Sound Effects, Voice, Music and Movie.
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
EAX 1

Localizations

Language UI Audio CC Notes
English
French
German
Polish
Audio localization available only in the retail version
Russian

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
6 Co-op
Online play
6 Co-op

Connection types

Issues fixed[edit]

Stuck keys during character creation[edit]

Try hitting the stuck key again or using Alt+Tab to switch away from the game.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
64-bit executable

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95 98
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 166 MHz Intel Pentium 200 MHz
System memory (RAM) 16 MB 32 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 300 MB 600 MB
Video card (GPU) 2 MB of VRAM
DirectX 5.0 compatible
4 MB of VRAM
Mac OS
Minimum
Operating system (OS) 8.5
Processor (CPU) 233 MHz G3
System memory (RAM) 64 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 350 MB

References

  1. Mac versions, new language packs for D&D games and others - GOG.com
  2. Update: 60% / 85% off Enhanced Editions: Baldur's Gate I & II, Icewind Dale Original & Enhanced to become the Definitive Edition Bundle - GOG.com