Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition has been released on Steam. The redux version of Bioware’s classic was released on Windows in November last year but only via Beamdog which is a smaller download store, founded by Trent Oster the creative director of BG:EE. However sales were less then what Beamdog were expecting.
A decision was taken by publisher Atari to sell it on Steam. Oster said in a series of tweets “Atari did the integration for BGEE on Steam, so it is a basic setup. We were not involved.” A few minutes later he tweeted “So, working with our partners at Atari, after many requests, we’ve managed to bring BGEE to Steam.”
This is great news for PC owners who prefer to buy games from the established and user friendly Steam. It also brings a glimmer of hope to Mac users; Overhaul Games have struggled with bugs in the OSX conversion and it has yet to be approved on the Mac App Store. Approval for publication on Steam is reportedly quicker.
Overhaul Games is also trying to negotiate with Atari to allow current owners of BGEE be given a Steam key.
Baldur’s Gate Enhanced Edition is now available for Windows on Steam for £14.99 or $19.99.