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Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition Pulled, BGII: EE On Hold

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Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition has been removed from sale on both the Beamdog site and the Apple App Store. This action, according to a statement on the Baldur’s Gate website, was taken by Beamdog/Overhaul per a “publishing partner’s request as [the parties] attempt to resolve a number of contractual issues”.

As a result of this action, the game is no longer available to purchase through the Beamdog site, or the Apple App Store. Additionally, the upcoming patch that improves performance, updates the UI, adds German language support, and fixes and enhances over 135 gameplay issues is also on hold. This action also affects the planned Android version of Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition, which has been long-awaited since the announcement and release of the PC version.

Most notably, this action is also affecting the development and release of Baldur’s Gate II: Enhanced Edition, which Overhaul have been working on since wrapping up development on BG: EE.

There is no date yet when Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition will be available again, with Beamdog stating that the game will only go back on sale once “all issues with our publishing partner have been resolved”. Thankfully, users who have already purchased Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition should still be able to dowload and play the game, according to the FAQ posted on the site.

(Source: Baldur’s Gate)

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LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga Technology Will Deliver a ‘Brand New Way to Explore the Entire Saga’

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LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga will benefit from modern technological capabilities leading to a whole new project rather than just remastering older episodes.

In an interview with GamesIndustry.biz, James McCloughlin game director at TT Games discussed the studio’s technological progress regarding game design compared to 15 years ago. McCloughlin confirmed that instead of remastering episodes one to six, the studio is developing a whole new experience to align with current player standards.

“We wanted to create a new Star Wars game which was designed without the technical restrictions of the older games—mainly episodes one to six—and since then we have learned so much as a studio.” He continued, “The older Star Wars games were great for that generation of gamers, but now players expect and need a lot more freedom in their play. With this game we hope to give players a brand new way to explore and enjoy the entire saga.”

One of the main features expected to dramatically change will be the size and scope of episodes one to six. McLoughlin highlights that player freedom is one of the biggest expectations of gamers and cited his experience working on Shadow of Mordor, Shadow of War, and the Batman Arkham series.

“Freedom is a massive part of modern games—since the days of the cantina [in the early Lego Star Wars games], we have designed and developed over-world spaces from Middle Earth to Gotham City all with different challenges and hurdles to overcome. This game should be an amalgamation of all of what we have learned so far as a studio.”

Furthermore McLoughlin explained that TT Games monitors consumer reception to its games, so after The Skywalker Saga is released the studio will consistently evaluate players’ reactions (both good and bad): “We now have a greater toolset to evaluate play through analytics and user testing that just wasn’t as readily available 15 years ago,” he explained. “We can now very easily target sectors of play and enhance the areas we know get the most traffic, to help make the entire experience great from start to finish.”

LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is set to release in 2020 for PC, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox One. OnlySP’s Mike Cripe got to see the game in action at E3, finding that it may yet be as good as the highly anticipated Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.

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