Classic Gold Box D&D RPGs Coming to Steam Next Week
I don’t want to play any games released before 2005 anymore, but you may feel differently. You can look at Gold Box D&D games and think, “Yeah, what I crave is hours and hours of late 80s/early 90s CRPGs about dying in a sewer.”
If that’s you, then good news: they’re coming to Steam on March 29, with a bit of drooling and polish.
Gold Box games are hugely influential, being based on classic D&D settings such as Forgotten Realms, Dragonlance, and Dark Sun and helping to establish the first blueprint for CRPGs. It’s honestly hard to go back now, but these builds will be enhanced with companion apps, a unified launcher, improved DOSBox support, and a tool to transfer character groups between games.
The games will be released through eight collections, as follows:
- Forgotten Realms: The Archives Collection One (Eye of the Beholder I, II and III)
- Forgotten Realms: The Archives – Collection Two (Curse of the Azure Bonds, Gateway to the Savage Frontier, Hillsfar, Pools of Darkness, Pool of Radiance, Secret of the Silver Blades, Treasures of the Savage Frontier and Unlimited Adventures)
- Forgotten Realms: The Archives – Collection Three (Dungeon Hack, Menzoberranzan)
- Krynn Series (Champions of Krynn, Death Knights of Krynn, The Dark Queen of Krynn)
- Dark Sun Series (Shattered Lands, Wake of the Ravager)
- Ravenloft Series (Strahd’s Possession, Stone Prophet)
- D&D Stronghold: Realm Simulator
- Al-Qadim: the curse of genius
It looks like there are two companion apps, one for the Eye Of The Beholder series and one for all the others. They handle dungeon mapping for you, among other things.
All improvements to these games are handled by publisher SNEG, a company created by former GOG developers. All of the games above are already available through GOG, in fact, and it’s unclear how the new releases will differ from previous releases. SNEG also brought a bunch of other classic games to Steam.
The Gold Box games will be coming to Steam on March 29.