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Baldur’s Gate Remakes Stuck in Legal Limbo

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The contractual disputes that caused Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition to be pulled from the online marketplace last have week have effectively halted production on both planned remakes of the series as well as any progress toward a brand-new third installment, according to a report by Rock, Paper, Shotgun.

The two remakes – Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition and Baldur’s Gate II: Enhanced Edition – were set to be developed by Overhaul Games, the developing division of the online distributor Beamdog. The first remake was released late last year but was removed before a recent patch solving several launch issues could be released.

At this point, the patch and the second remake for the landmark RPG franchise are both stalled until these vague legal issues are resolved, and there is currently no timeline for how soon these issues could be settled. This also means that the chances of seeing a Baldur’s Gate III are probably much slimmer than they were before, but they’re not completely off the table, according to the report.

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Ubisoft Discusses How Uplay Plus Will Improve Communication With Players

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Ubisoft believes that its new subscription service Uplay Plus will help the publisher improve communication with players.

Alain Corre, the executive director of EMEA at Ubisoft, spoke to GamesIndustry.biz where he outlined the vision and strategy for the company’s new subscription service. He explained that Uplay Plus will help boost communication with players, and the feedback it receives will help improve Ubisoft’s games.

“The reason behind our subscription service… it gives more possibilities for our fans to play our games and we can talk to them. We can keep them in our worlds, we can discuss with them and—thanks to what they say and the way they behave—we can feed that back into our games development. When we are in control of that within our ecosystem, we feel it’s beneficial for our fans. That’s ultimately what we want to do; we want to have more contact with them, more interaction, listening more to what they want and improve based on what they say.”

Corre highlighted that Ubisoft will not solely focus its efforts on Uplay Plus; players will still be able to pick up any of the publishers games either physically or as digital downloads. He explained that the company’s strategy moving into a subscription service is to adapt with modern consumer tends of gamers.

“We are still keeping the traditional model whether they buy our games in a store or download them. It’s really a case of offering the possibilities. Consumers are evolving really fast, and we want to adapt to what they want and propose new things to them, as well as keep the other means of distribution.”

Furthermore Ubisoft revealed that Uplay Plus and all past and future games will be available on the Google Stadia. Ubisoft was an early vocal supporter of Google’s new console, especially as the upcoming console focuses solely on streaming games.

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