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Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition Publisher Sounds Off On Nintendo, Wii U

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Many a gamer is quite excited for the classic loveliness that is Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition. As it happens, Overhaul Games (a subsidiary of Beamdog), the game's developer, will not be bringing it to the Wii U - at least, if recent tweets from Beamdog founder Trent Oster are any indication. His grievances stem from the experience of releasing MDK 2 (I'd like to think it stands for "Man/Dinosaur Kerfuffle"), and the troubles Overhaul faced with its release over WiiWare. His quotes, compiled by Eurogamer, are as follows:

We don't do Nintendo development [...] Our previous experience with Nintendo was enough to ensure there will not be another [...] My problems with Nintendo are: requiring 6000 unit sales before payment, a certification process that took us 9 months and a 40mb limit [...] The result is a belief that Nintendo isn't a good platform for developers. The Wii is a toy, not a console.

Speaking with Joystiq, Oster stated that "We don't hate Nintendo and I have fond memories of earlier consoles, but the phenomenal sales of the Wii console don't truly indicate the number of people who buy third party software on it." He reiterated his frustration, again claiming that despite the team working to create "the best version of MDK 2 there ever was," the company has made no money from the project, due to falling short of Nintendo's 6,000 download threshold.

While not quite the verbal equivalent of burning one's bridge, setting fire to the local farm, and salting the earth upon which it stood, Oster's pointed words certainly don't indicate what industry folk call "a positive working relationship." So while we debate the respective merits and shortcomings of Nintendo - I've never been a fan of the Wii, but that's neither here nor there - it's a disappointment for those that had hoped for a release of Baldur's Gate on the Wii U. Moreover, assuming that Osten's story has merit, it's a shame for Beamdog. While one might point out that with releasing the game over Wii Ware (and presumably aware of the terms of payment), they should have known better, but it still leaves a bad taste in one's mouth.

What do you think, gamers? Sound off in the comments section below!

Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition
will receive a summer 2012 release (TBA) for iPad and Mac. While a PC release seems likely, it has yet to be formally announced on the official Baldur's Gate site.

6 Comments

Dns said:

I think people have thought Nintendo wasn't third-party developer friendly for a while now. Oster's just adding the numbers. I find his comments fascinating!

jayoshi said:

This really irritates me!

Maybe it's because MDK 2 sucks and that's why it's not selling. I remember it being this big deal when it first came out for the Dreamcast. I remember renting it and I was glad that I did instead of buying it. It was insanely difficult and it just wasn't fun, it was frustrating. I doubt the game has aged well and people are staying away from it because of that.

They knew when putting that game up for WiiWare that it would require at least 6,000 downloads and I bet their ego was so huge that they thought it would sell like hot cakes because it was so popular 12 years ago. The fact that it didn't pay off and they are now complaining about it and now resorting to name calling *in the sense of saying the Wii is a toy and not a console. That was clearly a dig* is pathetic! Oh boo hoo your crappy re-released game didn't sell well so now it's Nintendo's fault that you didn't get paid even though you signed a contract knowing if it sold under 6,000 you wouldn't see a dime.

6,000 may seem like a lot but it's so tiny when you compare that number to how many Wii consoles are in the living rooms of the region your game is sold in.

ironmouse said:

Thinking about it, the remade Baldur's Gate on Wii U using the tablet controller I can see (inventory management, spell selection, etc) working quite well. But I think this guy is just shooting himself in the foot with such a comment.
I've played MDK before, kinda fun but it's not the best game ever, and was mostly interesting at the time it was released. Though I also agree that WiiWare has too many limitations. Nintendo seems to have relaxed somewhat when it comes to the 3DS eShop and I reckon it will be better in the Wii U eShop.

Randy said:

I've never been a huge fan of the Baldur's Gate series, but I can agree with his comments completely. Coming from a working environment that makes its profits based on similar circumstances, it's not an ideal situation.

Imagine yourself in someone's shoes who works for the company. You work yourself to death, lots of days working overtime to meet this deadline, your boss tells you that they can only pay you so much until the sales come through, and then you're left waiting. Waiting to see if all those days of hard work and sacrifice will pay off, only to have Nintendo dangle it in front of your face.

Let's face it: the comment he made about Nintendo's Wii being a toy rather than a console couldn't be any more accurate (at least in my opinion). If Overhaul was offering mindless garbage like all those "point at the screen and click the crap" party games that other developers have continued to vomit into the system, then 6,000 unit sales may not be as much a problem.

But, deep down, we all know that the really serious, hardcore gamers will hold steady to the PC, Playstation, and XBox releases (with exception to mainstay Nintendo series like Zelda and Metroid that offer more of a serious gameplay experience to players).

Nikademus said:

According to the website, it's BG:EE is only coming out for the iPad and OS X, no mention of PC or Wii

Super Swede said:

Hmmm.. Thought I saw it was coming to pc, but once I get near a computer (doing this from my phone) I'll change it. Thanks for the catch

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