There's bad news for those of you who were hoping to play Bioware's classic PC dungeon crawler Baldur's Gate on your tablets. The Enhanced Edition has been removed from Apple's iOS App Store, making new purchases impossible. That doesn't mean a lot for Android gamers, but the reasons behind this move have implications for the Android launch. According to the official game website, the publisher insisted that the game be pulled based on a "contractual issue." Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition for Android is now on hold.
Mobile developer Beamdog doesn't have much in the way of details, and there is no timeframe for when the issue might be resolved.
Why is all of this happening? What caused this issue?
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.
Baldur's Gate had no concrete Android release date, despite being launched on iOS nine months ago. (Android gamers, stop me if you've heard this one before.) Right now it's not clear if the problem is with Wizards of the Coast, Atari, or Hasbro - all three own at least some portion of the intellectual property. There's at least some hope: the Enhanced edition is still available for Windows and OS X, so maybe they can work things out. The issue has also put the kibosh a mobile re-release of Baldur's Gate II, currently slated for iOS only.
If any of our readers purchased the iPad game, don't worry, you can still play and download the title via your Apple ID.