Baldur's Gate: Siege of Dragonspear's Social Themes Incite Controversy

Posted on 09/06 00:57 in | 0

Nearly 18 years after the original Baldur's Gate debuted, you would think that everyone would be celebrating the fact that it just received a new expansion pack in Siege of Dragonspear. But not everyone is quite so pleased with the add-on, as at least a portion of the user reviews on Metacritic, Steam, and GOG indicate. Some of the feedback revolves around real, legitimate bugs, while other feedback focuses on what is being perceived as a "social justice agenda" that Beamdog pursued when creating some of the expansion's characters and narrative.

I have not yet made it far enough into a new BG1 playthrough to hit the Siege of Dragonspear content and therefore cannot speak to any such concerns, so I'll send you over to TechRaptor and Crave Online for some additional context and examples. It's also worth noting that Beamdog's Trent Oster has responded to TechRaptor with the following statement:

Personally, it doesn't bother me in the slightest that there is a transgender character.  However, if modern day social issues are brought up on a regular basis or in a highly noticeable/very non-transparent way that reduces the immersion factor, then I can understand how some complaints could be warranted.  On the flip side, it's an optional expansion pack to an already very fulfilling story, and is not a requirement by any means of the imagination.

What do you think? If anyone here has already dove into the expansion and has any thoughts toward the controversy, hit the comments below.  

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