Are Classic Computer Role-Playing Games Suitable for the iPad?

Now that it has been officially confirmed that the upcoming Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition will receive an iPad port, which is coming this summer (in the United States at least,) let’s discuss the possibility of other similar titles being available on the popular mobile platform. The Baldur’s Gate titles have always been considered a pretty hardcore experience as these titles didn’t offer lighthearted role-playing experience like Diablo. Instead, they shared more similarities with titles like Planescape: Torment, Icewind Dale or even Fallout as most games in the Baldur’s Gate series had overly convoluted stories and deep morality systems that changed according to the way in which the player decided to undertake certain missions. It’s worth pointing out that each Baldur’s Gate game had its own setting and storyline, having little in common besides a few references.

But now that the iPad port was announced, is it possible to get similar “Enhanced Editions” of other games? Even when we’ll have to wait and see how well this version sells and the fans’ reaction regarding elements such as the control scheme, for now the answer is a resounding yes. Not only are there many fans of the genre that never got the chance to experience a title like this (such as myself,) but there are also many people who may have felt quite intimidated by the fact that the original was only available on the PC. The iPad version will probably seem much more accessible to those people, bringing a classic title to a new generation of players.

Regarding the updates that this Enhanced Edition will receive, we have better graphics (as the Infinity Engine will be significantly improved) and the Tales of the Sword expansion pack will also included along with a new character and “adventure.” That’s pretty much what we know about the port as of this writing, but some screenshots were also released and surprisingly enough, it seems like the iPad version will be quite suitable for a game like Baldur’s Gate. But that isn’t the only game in the series getting an improved version as Baldur’s Gate II will also receive an Enhanced Edition, though the latter hasn’t been confirmed for the iPad yet.

Considering that the original Baldur’s Gate originally came out in 1998, there are many other classic role-playing games that should be considered for an iPad release. Here are some similar titles that I would like to have an iPad version: Planescape: Torment, the Icewind Dale series, the original Fallout Series and more obscure titles such as The Temple of Elemental Evil, Divine Divinity, Nox. Finally, I hope at one point I see an iPad version of the original Neverwinter Nights, even though I’m pretty sure that is not likely to happen any time soon.

What do you think of iPad versions of classic role-playing games? Are there any titles in particular that you would like to see on the popular platform? Do you still prefer the PC version? Or would you like to enjoy these titles in a console instead? As usual, feel free to share your view in the comments section.