wenchwogg: Elsydeon: http://weidu.org/iwg2
I froth at the thought of a IWD TuTu ... I wish they'd finished that fan project
It's called Icewind Gate 2.
IIRC (and from checking the site you linked to again), that project is barely beta and not stable/complete enough for a serious playthrough. I mean, they have to basically reroll every single NPC and encounter in the entire game.
I prefer 3rd Ed to 2nd too, but port to the IWD2 engine is a huge undertaking and it doesn't look like they're any closer than they were several years ago.
There are fan-made talkative party members for both IWD1 and IWD2. Google respectively for IWD1NPC and IWD2NPC.
I hate speaking ill of fellow fans who work hard (for free) to improve what they love, but my honest feedback to those projects is that the writing was pretty bad. I prefer my imagination/silent companions to those IWD NPC fan-packs. If someone else enjoys them, more power to them though.