Atari behind removal of Baldur's Gate: EE

Sticking with mobile games for a moment, Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition is still missing from the App Store. Developer Beamdog has shed a little more light on why it’s gone, and why the sequel’s future hangs in the balance.

Beamdog CEO Trent Oster has confirmed that it was Atari who requested the popular remake’s removal from the App Store. Understandably, he’s unable to say much more on the topic, but tells Game Informer that the two organisations butted heads.

At the request of Atari legal we removed the game from sale on Beamdog and the App stores. Atari is still selling the game through their channels. We’re trying to remedy the situation and I’m hopeful we can come to an arrangement.

The situation is confusing. Oster has been meeting with Atari (and Wizards of the Coast, who owns the Dungeons & Dragons license) for more than a year now. Seemingly, all parties were in agreement over the fan-powered reboot – until last week.

Beamdog was reportedly pleased with sales of the first game, and was preparing to launch Baldur’s Gate II: Enhanced Edition before Atari pulled the plug.

Now, Oster explains that he’s not sure of the future of the project – whether or not support will continue for Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition (there are several patches in the works), and what will happen to Baldur’s Gate II: Enhanced Edition.

Atari at this stage has kept quiet on the topic.

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