"publishing partner's request" as they sort through "a number of contractual issues" plaguing the studio.
Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition has been pulled from digital store fronts, and work on Baldur's Gate 2 has been halted. Beamdog "extremely unhappy" over the legal wrangling.
This legal hurdle has also delayed the work on a patch for the Enhanced Edition, as well as game's Android version. They can't give specifics on the "complex legal matters".
"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," read Beamdog's open letter to the community.
"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." For those who already own Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition there's nothing stop you from downloading it and playing.
"We are unable to discuss details of the complex legal matters surrounding this issue at this time. Please be aware that we are extremely unhappy with the situation and are doing our best to work past it. We have put a lot of hard work into this series, and are eager for fans to see it," explained the FAQ.
"Unfortunately, we cannot offer the game for sale until all issues with our publishing partner have been resolved. We do not have a specific date for when the game will be available again."
The upcoming patch for the Enhanced Edition included an updated user interface for higher resolution scaling, a new renderer for "enormous performance improvements," a new sharper, clearer font text, full German language support, movie subtitles and over 135 gameplay fixes. "We are unable to release this patch until all issues with our publishing partner have been resolved," they add.
"We have been developing Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition for some time now, but until all issues with our publishing partner are resolved we cannot officially announce or offer this game for sale. This has resulted in significant amounts of wailing and gnashing of teeth amongst the development team."
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Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition pulled following "contractual issues"
20 June 2013 | By Simon Priest