114051_largerNothing has changed since Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition was pulled from the App Store a couple of days ago. It's still gone, in other words, and obviously there wasn't a quick fix in the works to hammer out the "contractual" issues that got it yanked. But, there has been a bit more talk out there since the news broke. In short, we've now got a better idea of how long this might go, as well as an update on the prospect of a Baldur's Gate III, which is a game Beamdog apparently wanted to do down the line.

Rock, Paper, Shotgun got hold of Beamdog president Trent Oster and asked about BG III. His reply:

β€œThe prognosis [for resuming work on Baldur's Gate] is mixed. Best case, we can sort this out soon. Worst case, this could be in legal hell for a while. I like making games, but this contractual dispute bullshit keeps me up at night."

That's an interesting quote that sheds a bit more light on all of this. Certainly seems as if nothing is going to get resolved quick, at least. Not a pretty picture.

[via Rock, Paper, Shotgun]

  • XvEsunavX

    The world needs more straight shooters like that. Everybody dances around what they really want to say.

    The thought of BG3 never crossed my mind until the EEs were announced and I'm a heavy supporter of making them take my money for a glorious new BG. The infinity engine is responsible for some of my fondest moments in gaming, and I only hope greed doesn't continue to get in the way of what could end up being my favorite game of all time.

    • precious sloane

      Yeah, but you have to dance around in business. To be a straight shooter like that you either have to be successful enough to burn bridges and not care, or be at the end of your rope with nothing left to lose.

      • XvEsunavX

        True. But if everybody cut the bull some real discussion could take place without all the fluff. In in agreement with you fully, it was just nice to see some cojones in the business world.

  • basil

    They took it down but the iphone version is up

    • themostunclean

      There is no iPhone version.

      • basil

        What?

  • MrSAhkerEsq

    I'd also like to know why Speedball 2: Evolution was removed from the Mac App Store yet still exists for the iPhone in its App Store. So far the answer to this has eluded me.

    • Greyskull

      Crap, now you tell me. Better redownload it STAT.

  • Maszej Raval
  • Reignmaker

    It was a great idea, but I'm not hanging my hat on Beamdog anymore. Their Baldur's Gate app is still pretty buggy in its current state.

    In happier news, GOG has all the Black Isle offerings on sale for $5 each right now. It's not iPad, but it's still cool to have all these on my laptop. Especially with the mods that enable higher resolution.

    • Maszej Raval

      Yet almost all gamers dont care and hate ios anyway.

      • vimy

        You do realize that IOS is the largest game platform in the history of gaming, dwarfing in size all console players of all generations combined.

        Why do you think all publishers are running to iOS for there games

  • Wizard_Mike

    Beamdog: "Hey guys. Can we take that old game you're not making money on any more and update it and sell it?"

    Boss dude: "Sure, but we get a cut of the profits."

    Beamdog: "Naturally! Let's do this"

    *Updated version is a bigger success than boss dude expected*

    "Hey, you're making more money than we thought you would. We're going to have to use that loophole we hid in our deal to halt your project and take it over ourselves."

    Beamdog: "@?@!$?@$$@?!$@!!!!!!"

    Naturally I have no clue what is going on, but this was the first thing that popped up in my cynical mind, hehe.

    • Dams

      Sounds like realist stuff to me.

    • XvEsunavX

      Sounds like you might be close on that one.

    • precious sloane

      That's possible. Also possible is "Boss dude" made other license deals in the distant past and now some third party is saying "hey wait a minute, I should be getting a cut of this" based on vague terms in one of those contracts.

      Or it could even be someone who created assets for the original PC game who thinks they have a right to a cut. Plus there's all the rights involved with D&D itself, who knows. This stuff can get real messy real quick with so many people and companies involved.

      • JarvisDelta

        I'm assuming the reason for the sudden change is because the "boss dude" is a new entity after the previous rights holder, Atari, just declared bankruptcy a couple months ago. I suspect that has created a new tangle of legal woes as contractual obligations are sorted out... Strange though that the GOG catalogue hasn't been effected too.....

      • echo_pdx

        I think you're on target, and suspect it's either an issue specific to cross-platform porting or specific to "new" versions of the game (i.e., enhanced).

      • echo_pdx

        Just noticed the enhanced version is still up on Steam, so I'm guessing it's a "new avenues of revenue" type deal.

      • vimy

        Atari has a bunch of licences which it is still selling on steam. Once they run out I suspect that would be it for BG EE

        This all smells of EA, not liking the deal bioware cut with beamdog and wanting to stop it cold using contractual loopholes.

  • mrmarmite

    I'm gutted, just as I have the chance to get this the game is pulled! Hope this returns soon,