114051_largerWeird. Beamdog has pulled Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition from the App Store and as a PC download via its site due to a "number of contractual issues," the studio confirmed in a message on the official Baldur's Gate page. Work on the game's Android port and the next patch for the game have also been put on hold.

The launch of Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition has stalled out, too, following these issues.

Here's the statement Overhaul and Beamdog president Trent Oster put out today:

We recently removed Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition from sale on Beamdog and the Apple App Store. We've taken this step at our publishing partner's request as we attempt to resolve a number of contractual issues.

Unfortunately, until this matter is resolved, we are unable to release the latest Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition patch or Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition for Android.

This also prevents the launch of Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition. I sincerely apologize to the series' fans and promise we are working diligently to remedy the situation.

Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition first appeared on iPad in December 2012. As of this moment, the Steam version of the game is still available to download.

We'll let you know if any concrete intel on these issues pop up.

  • Bool Zero

    Nooooooooooooooooo!

    Sad to see this tied up in legal mumbo-jumbo, especially my favorite of the series, Baldur's Gate 2. Hopefully they will get this sorted sooner rather than later as to not hurt the development cycle with such a delay!

  • speedyph

    WOW CRAZY SMH HOPEFULLY Things WILL COME TOGETHER IPAD IS BOOMING RIGHT NOW !:0)

  • XvEsunavX

    Nooooo!
    Fix it fix it fix it. Get that stuff worked out. Need to sell enough bg and bg2 so they'll make bg3. It won't be horrid, it can't be horrid, or they'll make me use the hurty thing. Lol.

    That sucks. I'm solo looking forward to bg2: ee. It'd be great if the mod community was still active. I loved darkest day.

    • Reignmaker

      From what I've seen, I wouldn't trust these people with BG 3.

  • ridiculocity

    Damn I was gonna buy that today Doh!

    • eugenemcardle

      Never put off till today what should have been done yesterday

  • SoyGreen

    Are you kidding me?!

    So I temporarily removed it from my ipad to make room for some other games for a while and now I will not be able to re-install it? Right?

    EDIT!!! - PHEW! Still shows up in my list of games I own... hopefully it doesn't disappear for people who already own it from our library of what we can re-install...

    • brando

      This is also a concern of mine, I am afraid of deleting it off of my Ipad to clear up space for some other large file games, X-Com, KOTOR, to name a few. If I knew for sure I could be able to retrieve it again on my list of previously downloaded games then I would delete to cler up space. For now I'll hang on to it and shuffle around some other games.

      • finbikkifin

        You can back up the .ipa via iTunes. It'll download it to your media library and you can just copy the file to safety.

      • Greyskull

        Eventually you end up with no more free space on your computer

      • finbikkifin

        Get something like Goodreader for your iPad, transfer the .ipa to Goodreader, enable iCloud backups for Goodreader. Or just store the file somewhere, that's a very impractical solution, but there are a million ways to do it.

        It's only a couple of gigabytes - sure you'll run out of space eventually, but that's not very much. Burn it to a DVD. Burn it to five DVDs, with .par files in case of damage or corruption. Total cost: £1, maybe? Oh no. :(

      • Adams Immersive

        I wish it were easier to use an external drive for iTunes library storage. (Ditto for Steam, actually.)

      • Thaurin

        I've been able to install Steam games to an alternate drive for some time now. Not sure when they added it, but it's very welcome. Some of my games are on C: and some on D:.

      • Adams Immersive

        I've done it too (Mac OS X) but on Mac it's not yet an official feature. You have to make a Symlink manually. I'm sure the same would work for iTunes, but in these days of SSD laptops, external libraries should always be a simple, user-facing feature. (Moving your whole library in iTunes is easy, but moving just your apps, say, and nor your music? Not sure how that's done. Symlink or alias probably. I'm afraid to mess with it!)

      • Greyskull

        Same here. All you have to do is change the library path in Steam. Not so easy with itunes.

      • eugenemcardle

        All my steam and iTunes stuff is stored on external drives. Two in fact, just to be sure to be sure. Also, any "must keep" items are copied to a place separate from iTunes . Call be paranoid, but you ever know when they will come to take you away ha ha...

      • finbikkifin

        You can set your library to an external drive? Gets a bit finicky though, which I attribute to Apple making terrible software a lot of the time. iTunes remains horrible after all these years. :(

      • kylera

        That's why it's best to sync with the computer religiously, so iTunes can transfer your new downloads. That way if an app is pulled forever, you can drag and drop it back into the iPad.

      • Greyskull

        I don't sync...if you're like me, go in to itunes on your computer and set it to automatically download all purchases.

      • warrenva

        I've had some games in the past that were removed from the store but they still show up as purchased. You'll be fine

    • bababewey

      I just deleted this morning to make room for X-COM. Hopefully I can redownload it later.

    • Alen Teplitsky

      if you go to your purchased tab in the app store it should still be there

    • Karzay

      It's still available to download from "Purchased" apps in the Appstore app. I'm looking at it right now.

      • ikari_paul

        if you bought it in the past, you can still download it. only new buyers cant

      • SoyGreen

        Aren't there SOME exceptions though? I think I remember reading that with one of the Guitar Hero games - didn't they fully remove it from there as well? So people were told to also back it up to their computer if the EVER wanted to play it again?

      • RicoSuaveGuapo

        Yes, there are exceptions (some apps based on MAME & DOSBox, for example) that get removed entirely.

      • ikari_paul

        As far as i know, every app you buy is available for you to download again. That said, its always better to backup what you purchase, to be safe

        With the exception of stuff that broke some copyright, like the emulators that get snuck into the appstore from time to time (gridlee for the win). That stuff i have backed up all over the place

      • Greyskull

        Something I'm not completely sure about...if you originally download to iTunes on your computer, will it show up under "previously purchased" on your device?

  • http://tarasis.net/ Robert McGovern

    Well that will make me kick myself for not buying it yet. I was holding off till the AoE spell slowdown was fixed.

    C'est la vie

  • FreeFrog

    Go for the eyes Boo, go for the EYES!

    • flashbackflip

      Aaaarrrrgggh!

  • Wizard_Mike

    These "contractual issues" always end up screwing the gamers more than anyone else.

  • Reignmaker

    There's a bit of a rant here, but I have to get this off my chest. I'm going to be honest, as much as the apologists like to defend the people at Beamdog, I haven't been that impressed with their handling of this important property. They clearly rushed the project or were incompetent to handle it at all.

    1) If you were there at launch, you know it was a disaster. They frequently failed to meet the app requirements as specified by Apple. The launch date was moved multiple times. I've never seen such disorganization and misinformation surrounding a product launch.

    2) Even after a much needed patch, the app remains pretty buggy. A lot of people give Beamdog a pass here, because admittedly the original game itself was buggy. But the chief complaints have to do with issues that had nothing to do with the original game.

    First, there's the terrible framerate which occurs when certain AOE spells are cast. For example, the entanglement spell. Which renders the game unplayable. You literally have to place your iPad down, walk away, and wait several minutes for the spell to expire. Everything completely freezes up, and this was on a iPad 4.

    Second, there's the completely broken conversation/quest threads in the "new" IAP content created by Beamdog. This is manifested in several different ways: Talking to someone and completely jumping to a dialogue that you didn't select. Completing quests and receiving no exp/reward for completing it. Or not being allowed to attempt the quest at all.

    Third, the journal is uselessly broken. It randomly decides what to record and what not to. You frequently get a notice that your journal has updated or made an entry, only to discover that it hasn't. In a game with as many happenings as Baldur's Gate, the journal is pretty essential.

    All that being said, it's still Baldur's Gate. I've put many hours into this app, foolishly holding out hope that Beamdog would rectify the above issues. But these latest legal issue is yet more evidence that these guys were not the right people for the job. It sucks, but that's the truth.

    Even if it all gets resolved, I'm going to think twice before I throw any more money at this company.

    • echo_pdx

      Well said, and couldn't agree more. Beamdog got a pass based on the greatness of the original game, not because it was a great port. I want big AAA games on iOS as much as anybody, but that doesn't mean we should so easily forgive mediocre port work.

      • Big Papa

        For good port work, I would direct you to Aspyr Media's Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic port. It runs absolutely FLAWLESSLY even on my old iPad 2. These guys should definitely get more port work... Beamdog, not so much.

      • themostunclean

        iPad 2 is just a big iPad mini (maxiPad, if you will) so I wouldn't quite count it as "old" yet. Especially since Apple actually still makes and sells them.

    • Gamer_Kev

      I have to agree. I keep the two originals on my NetBoot and play them all the time and I was excited about the remake back when it was announced. Ai remember thinking after release that it didn't look like much of an improvement over the original, then I started reading about all the issues people were having and decided to pass. In the end, the only real advantage seemed to be if you just had to play it on your iPad.

  • Greyskull

    In the meantime, the ios music community is having a ****storm because apple is going (we're trying to stop it) to pull Orphion because it uses a private API related to expressive playing.

  • anabolicMike

    I have been checking every day to see if the android tablets version is done! I was so happy it switched to TBA. And now this? I have been purposely not starting any games cause I wanted this. To paraphrase a wiseman "kkkkkkaaaahhhhhhhhhnnnnn"

    • themostunclean

      Shaka

  • Ivan Filipe Stefani

    copyright is keeping the world dumb.

  • jForsythe

    Hopefully this will get worked out and I'm praying they bring out planescape torment the best rpg ever made.