Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition taken down from online stores

Remake of classic RPG series removed from Apple app store and Beamdog site due to unresolved legal issues.

Beamdog and Overhaul Games have taken down their Baldur's Gate remake--Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition--from online stores.

The enhanced version of Baldur's Gate won't be available for a while.

The PC, Mac, and iOS RPG remake is no longer available on Beamdog's site or the Apple app store. Beamdog and Overhaul Games president Trent Oster said that this was due to the company attempting to "resolve a number of contractual issues." This also means that the company cannot release the latest patch and an Android version of the remake.

Oster also added that the same issues will also prevent the launch of Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition. For more information, check out the post on the official site.

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48 comments
Lach0121
Lach0121

copywrite, and licensing is slowly stagnating progression.

Vambran
Vambran

Game is full of bugs that were not even present in the original game. Some new bugs i found are.

- Revive at temple caused my character to come back petrified , then stopped all progress of game since i could not heal them or leave area.

-Sleeping after 30+ hours in caused non stop crashes , early save files seem to have no problem.

- Journal does not update half the quests , and scrolling up or down to read text is next to impossible.

- Firebeard scroll , one of the first quests in this damn game , does not even work right , how did they mess up the first quest when it worked in the original?


xeoneex66
xeoneex66

In other words EA trying to worm in on their action... Fucking leech company.  I swear to god if it's one thing I'd pay to do, it's have EA dismantled.

Bond_Villain
Bond_Villain

I hope they sort things out

I already have BG on my iPad, enjoyed it and look forward to more new stuff

JRLennis
JRLennis

So why is this happening now, months after release of the game?  Any legal issues should have come to the fore when this game was announced.

Taking the game down seems like a drastic step to me, which means an agreeable solution is not at all likely.  Can they even work on the game in-house, or is the company effectively frozen?

Dasim64
Dasim64

I bought this game at release and stopped playing due to some issues that were supposedly going to be resolved at some point in time. I thought it would be sooner. Now it looks like it may never happen. 

star-affinity
star-affinity

Nooooo, I was waiting for the patch!


”The next Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition patch features:

  • An updated user interface that allows for high-resolution scaling and transparency.
  • A new renderer featuring enormous performance improvements, and compatibility enhancements for Intel graphics chipsets.
  • A new font system for sharper, clearer text.
  • Full German language support, including new German VO for the expanded content.
  • Subtitles in movies.
  • Over 135 gameplay fixes and enhancements.


We are unable to release this patch until all issues with our publishing partner have been resolved.”

Haeravon
Haeravon

Hmm... and I was looking forward to writing a Baldur's Gate 2: Enhanced Edition FAQ. Oh well.

AuronAXE
AuronAXE

Piracy will keep it alive.

kohle36
kohle36

Good thing I just bought the originals on a GoG flash sale yesterday.

Hurvl
Hurvl

I saw BG: EE get great reviews, but from what I understood, that's mostly because the original Baldur's Gate was still so much fun to play and Beamdog hadn't messed up remaking it. The reviews that mentioned the added content and improvements werent a lot less positive. It seemed to me that it should be called "Enhanced" Edition instead and that a few mods for the old original outdid BG: EE. I had already bought it on gog, so I never thought twice about getting BG: EE. It's sad that they're encountering difficulties now, but I'm not very interested in their "enhancements" and, judging by those, I doubt that a BG 3 from Beamdog would be that great.

Coolerlew
Coolerlew

I wish they would have upgraded the mechanics, the old Dungeons & Dragons 2.0 system really sucks.  I hated THACO, and I need Feats  :)

Miriani
Miriani

Have it for both iPad and on Steam, and it seems like it's a good thing I have it backed up offline too, just in case.

Triton
Triton

Sounds like some folks should be getting a credit.

lonewolf1044
lonewolf1044

What concerns me is the money I paid for this game. So if they pulled the game we do not have access to the files for future DL or patches. If there is no plans to fix this we should be entitled to our money back.

Unholy123
Unholy123

Ahh that's a pity I enjoyed the BG:EE it was nice to be able to play BG again without having to DL all the mods to make it playable on a modern comp was looking forward to the second one.

jj2112
jj2112

Now there's a remake available running on the Neverwinter Nights 2 engine, but the original game and expansions are required.

MrDouglas
MrDouglas

the people who bought it, will they still be able to log in and re-downlad what they have purchased (in case it's not installed on their current device atm), hope so or there will be quite an outrage, I imagine...

emperiox
emperiox

What legal issues? I missed it. So there won't be a Baldurs Gate 2???

offspring94
offspring94

@AuronAXE lmao.  this was my first thought.  i'm not optimistic, however, that pirates will provide refinements on par with a first-party patch.  the mods for the original baldur's gate to add widescreen, gameplay refinements, etc, are buggy and fickle, even though they've been in the works for over a decade.

Zloth2
Zloth2

@Coolerlew Bah.  Get Rolemaster and roll yourself a real critical.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@SteamyPotatoes Yeah, that's about the only online store I care about, so it sounds like quite an exaggeration that BG:EE has been pulled. That's like saying that a company doesn't want to show off their new game to anyone, but then gives a big demontration at E3.

jimbo6923
jimbo6923

@MrDouglas probably not... try to download the additional character for Marvel Ultimate Alliance for 360... they were even removed from the download history. So even if you pay for it - they still took it away!

Welcome to the digital age.

Tripwolf
Tripwolf

@WTF1555 BG2 was never on PS2. You're talking about Dark Allaince.

BG2 is, in my opinion, the single greatest video game ever made - and it's (as far as I know) only on PC.

Fastphase1
Fastphase1

@emperiox Atari used to have rights for the whole Dungeons & Dragons license but they went bankrupt a while ago. It's unclear who has the license at the moment. 

Baldur's Gate is based on Forgotten Realms, the best known campaing world of D&D.

Coolerlew
Coolerlew

@Zloth2 @Coolerlew hehe Zloth, I have been playing Rolemaster for a long time, it's awesome.  Name any RPG and I have waisted too much time and money on it  :(

Elann2008
Elann2008

@Hurvl

To be fair, the article says:

"The PC, Mac, and iOS RPG remake is no longer available on Beamdog's site or the Apple app store."

The title says "stores" as in plural.  He isn't exaggerating anything.  Some people just do not know how to read.

Poodlejumper
Poodlejumper

@Tripwolf @WTF1555 Comparing BGDA to BG is like comparing a twinkie to bakery show pastry.

Sure the twinkie isn't completely disgusting but it's hardly artistry.

Fernin-Ker
Fernin-Ker

@Tripwolf


BG2 is well and up there, but Planescape Torment tops it handily, if not from a gameplay stand point then from a story one.

emperiox
emperiox

@Fastphase1 @emperiox Oh what a bunch of BS. Can't the the plaintiffs just let BG2 get made and stop being moneygrubbing assholes??

Zloth2
Zloth2

@Coolerlew @Zloth2 Well at least you got to play for a long time.  I kept buying the rulebooks even when nobody I knew was interested!

Name an RPG... hmm.... Arduin?

Hurvl
Hurvl

@Elann2008 I was just implying that it isn't as major as the headline makes it seem, since it can still be bought at the, by far, largest online store. 

Total_mischief
Total_mischief

@Fernin-Ker @Tripwolf I don't know, I always prefered Baldur's Gate 2 to Planescape: Torment. I still love Planescape, though, and I find that they're almost equal, just...BG2 is slightly more up there for me.

fatee
fatee moderator

@Fernin-Ker @Tripwolf Yeah re playing torment now as we speak... damn I seriously had no idea what that game was about when it was first released. Then again, I was addicted to en equally great game: Tie fighter:CE

Tripwolf
Tripwolf

@Fernin-Ker @Tripwolf I won't argue. I LOVED Planescape: Torment and am a kickstarter backer for its spiritual successor.

You sir, have good taste.

Total_mischief
Total_mischief

@emperiox @Fastphase1 Are you kidding ? The two last D&D licensed games were two shitty Dark Alliance styled hack n' slash. I think we're far past the age of quality D&D games, even if they're remakes.