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.
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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.