Release date of Black Isle's Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance announcement and subsequent fan reactions show that there are still games worth waiting for, even if they are 20 years old.
For a game released in 2001, Black Isle Studios' Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance is making quite a splash 20 years later.
Originally released for the PlayStation 2, Xbox, and Gamecube it was the first game in the Baldur's Gate series released on consoles as opposed to PC and Mac. Though CD Projekt were developing a version for Microsoft Windows, it was ultimately canceled. Later on, a version of the game was developed for the Nintendo Switch as well.
The game is based on the third generation Dungeon & Dragons rules and is set in the Forgotten Realms campaign setting. As a real-time hack and slash game with a 3D perspective, the game was well-received on all four platforms, even going as far as receiving the "Role-Playing Game of the Year" award from the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences.
In recent times, fans not just of the game, but the early 2000s hack-and-slash games in general, have been waiting for the opportunity to play this nostalgia-filled game once more, on more modern equipment.
Though the game has been expected on the Nintendo e-Shop, the wait has gone on for longer than even the most pessimistic of fans expected it to, without knowing the reason for the delay.
In a tweet made on their Twitter account, Black Isle Studios have confirmed that the game availability on the Nintendo e-shop has been held back due to the Switch release as the primary reason.
Further tweets, made on the May 18, 2021., have confirmed the final date of release for Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance on Nintendo e-shop to be May 20, 2021.
Even though multiple sequels to the game have been released in the meantime, along with the remastered version of said games, with fans all over rejoicing at the news of this game's release, it seems quite obvious that some games are meant to be played, not beaten.