Baldur's Gate pulled from app store
June 20, 2013 // 2:45 p.m.
Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition has been pulled from the Apple App store and the tablet version of Baldur's Gate 2 has also been put on hold.
In a letter on the Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition website, developer Beamdog explains the move has been made as part of an attempt to resolve 'a number of contractual issues' with its publishing partner. Who exactly has called for the game to be pulled is at present unclear.
Whilst the title won't disappear from the devices of people who have already bought the game, the move does mean that the latest patch for Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition cannot be deployed. The patch was set to resolve more than 135 fixes and enhancements to the title.
'I sincerely apologize to the series' fans and promise we are working diligently to remedy the situation,' said Beamdog and Overhaul Games president Trent Oster.
The legal issues that Beamdog are facing also mean that the developer cannot release the Android edition of Baldur's Gate. The Enhanced Edition is however still available on Steam.
Baldur's Gate was originally released in 1998, developed by BioWare. The game takes place in the Dungeons and Dragons Forgotten Realms setting and uses a modified version of the Advanced Dungeons and Dragons second edition rules.
The enhanced edition of the game was released at the end of 2012 and has been launched on PC, iPad and Mac OSX. There are further plans for a native Linux port as well as the aforementioned Android version.
Contract negotiations were carried out before development of the titles with Beamdog engaging rights holders Atari and Wizards of the Coast for approximately 14 months before starting work on the game. They also took out a license for BioWare's Infinity Engine which underpins the original Baldur's Gate.