Those of you who still have the phrase "You must gather your party before venturing forth" burned into your brain after all of these years are in for a treat, as it seems as if the Baldur's Gate series is returning.
Brian Fargo, the founder of Interplay, has confirmed on Twitter that Baldur's Gate 3 is in development and that he knows who is making it, but he won't say who.
It had initially been reported by several different news outlets that Larian Studios, the company behind Divinity: Original Sin 2, was working on Baldur's Gate 3. It has since been confirmed by WCCF Tech that this is not the case.
With Larian out of the picture, the studio that is the most likely candidate for developing Baldur's Gate 3 is Beamdog, which has created updated ports of Baldur's Gate, Icewind Dale, Baldur's Gate II, Planescape Torment, and Neverwinter Nights. They also created a brand new expansion for the original Baldur's Gate that covers the events between the first two games.
The Throne of Bhaal expansion to Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn has already acted as a third game in the series, as it wrapped up the story of the Bhaalspawn, which means that any new game won't be a direct sequel with the same characters. The fact that the party ended up at absurdly high levels by the end of Throne of Bhaal also means that there aren't many other places to go with the original cast.
Things have changed in Faerun since the days of the first two Baldur's Gate games, as Bhaal has been restored to life, along with Bane and Myrkul. The three gods of Death who perished during the Time of Troubles are all back, which should create storylines for both brand new characters and returning cast members from the older games.
The success of games that were inspired by the Baldur's Gate series (like Pillars of Eternity) proves that there is still a market for isometric RPGs. The Dungeons & Dragons license has also never been more popular, so the time is right to return to the Forgotten Realms for more adventures.