114051_larger1Last December Beamdog resurrected a classic and brought it to an entirely new generation of gamers with the iPad port of the 1998 BioWare RPG Baldur's Gate, but in June we got word that the game had been pulled from the App Store due to "contractual issues" with the game's publisher. Lame.

We later learned that the publisher in question was Atari, and that a significant patch for the iPad port of Baldur's Gate as well as progress on Baldur's Gate 2 for the iPad were halted. Double lame.

Well here's some good news. As reported by Joystiq, the iPad version of Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition is once again available in the App Store as well as through Beamdog's website. A follow-up tweet by Beamdog producer Phillip Daigle confirms that news regarding the huge patch for Baldur's Gate and the status of the forthcoming port of Baldur's Gate 2: Enhanced Edition will be released soon as they get back in the groove.

If you were hesitant to pick up Baldur's Gate: EE when it first launched, but then when it got pulled you really really wanted it, now you can finally purchase it through the App Store once again. You can check out our full review of the game as well as impressions in our forums, and once we have news in regards to the upcoming patch and iPad port of the sequel we'll be sure to keep you in the loop.

[Joystiq]

  • Pocketnova

    So is this a new version (people will have to rebuy it) or will people who had it before still be able to downloaded it for free? Stupid question, but I do want to know.

    • toxiccheese

      No, you don't have to buy it again. If you already bought it and had deleted it, you will just see the iCloud download icon.

    • Alexythimia23

      For people who bought it originally, we could delete it and reinstall regardless of atari wanting it pulled, as when it happened i was concerned that meant i could not reinstall, so i tried it and turned out it still worked! So if you don't have it, its worth the risk , top buy.

  • speedyph

    WOW I missed baldurs gate 2 man ios is DA

  • defunct32

    So iPad only? What about iPod Touch?

    • themostunclean

      iPad only.There's no way the UI would work in a tiny screen, just like KOTOR. You'll never see this for sale on iPod touch/iPhone.

      • defunct32

        I see!

  • famousringo

    Been waiting for that patch forever. I hope slimeball Atari didn't squeeze too many concessions out of Beamdog with their shenanigans.

    • JJE McManus

      Good point. What were the concessions?

      • famousringo

        We don't know. Beamdog says they plan on releasing some info later, but I'd guess a lot of the details are buried under lawyers. Maybe Beamdog was able to demonstrate that Atari had no case, maybe they had to give Atari a cut of their App Store loot.

  • Pivi

    News of the week. Hope Beamdog came out as the winner, they deserve their money.

  • anabolicMike

    Did Atari derail the Android version? I have an iphone of course but I don't have an IPad. I went with an android tablet. Hmmm. Ill buy as soon as I see the android version. Course I have no faith in anything with Atari involved. Stupid Atari. They were awesome man.... Awesome.... Remember? Remember? I still remember. Ill never forget the terrible collapse. It was horrible. Thankfully I had my good old Commodore 64 to fall back on. Yeah ok, most single sold computer of all time. Wait! What? Commodore too? Collapse. God I remember those years so well. So much happiness and so much hurt.

    • john360

      Same been using iphone since release but want to try android so i bought a android tablet.

  • gmattergames

    If Commodore would have had the foresight to move their Amiga brand towards DOS compatibility they might still be alive today. But like both Apple and Atari, they saw DOS as a business machine OS, and instead targeted home/educational users.

  • fifthmoon

    Oh thank god. Whew

  • Techead81

    So disappointed that this isn't available for iPod! If you feel the same way, write them at support@baldursgate.com like I did!

  • TopWarmachine

    This game would be completely unplayable on an iphone or ipod screen. There is simply far to little space to fit everthing on a 4 inch display. It is great to see that Beamdog will be able to continue supporting this franchise. Hopefully the patch comes out soon.

  • Zenfar

    Glad to see this one back, glad we have the AppStore the old way where publisher fought over everything and developers got ripped was bad, Baldur's Gate half lives in that old world, glad to see them battling to bring this one back!