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Trent in Trouble: Beamdog forbidden from selling and patching BG:EE, BG2:EE on "indefinite hold"
Game News - posted by Infinitron on Tue 25 June 2013, 19:49:57Tags: Atari; Baldur's Gate; Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition; Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn; Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition; Beamdog; Trent Oster
On June 20th, visitors to Beamdog's Baldursgate.com site were greeted with following message:
In a post on RockPaperShotgun published yesterday, Trent added:
In these official announcements, Trent has been reluctant to specify the identity of the "publishing partner" in question, but he's been more loquacious about the affair on Twitter:
It's possible that Atari have somehow lost whatever rights they had to Baldur's Gate in the course of their ongoing bankruptcy. Yet that hasn't stopped them from selling BG:EE independently on Steam (where they conveniently pay little to no royalties to Beamdog). And Trent's own Twitter post indicates that Atari's bankruptcy is not the primary reason for BG:EE's "contractual issues".
So the question remains, which party is to blame? Most people's sympathies automatically lie with the plucky developer up against an Evil Publisher, of course. Personally, I'm not entirely sure about that. Hopefully we'll find out who is responsible sooner rather than later, so we can laugh at them derisively.