Posted November 10, 2021
It's not an uncommon fault to overlook or misunderstand some details in legal agreement.
AstralWanderer: the idea of DTP "losing" (or signing away) their rights to the English version isn't very plausible, particularly when they did the translation in the first place.
Digital distribution wasn't the main channel for selling games, when Drakensang: The River of Time and Phileasson's Secret were released.
AstralWanderer: such contracts tend to be media-specific - physical and digital versions are treated as separate entities. Therefore even if DTP had "complications" with the physical release, it wouldn't be reflected in the digital one.
Therefore, DTP could underestimate the importance of digital distribution rights at the moment of signing contract.
When these games were initially released on Steam, they were region-locked and unavailable in Europe. So, there was some sort of a legal issue.
Then the US publisher has sorted it out. And now Drakensang: The River of Time and Phileasson's Secret ( published by Cosmi ) are available almost worldwide.
Divinity 2 had been published in US by CDV Software. Nowadays, Larian publish all their games themselves.
AstralWanderer: DTP was the publisher for Divinity 2 (first released on DVD-ROM in 2009) so it is safe to assume they're experienced hands at this. And of course, they published the original Drakensang.
DTP seems to hold full rights over the original Drakensang, but not over its sequel.
I don't think so. As I've said already, different Drakensang games have been published on Steam by different companies, at different times and with different regional restrictions.
AstralWanderer: So it's more likely that the delay is either with GOG's release schedule (they've been adding a lot of new games lately) or a technical problem, most likely to due with Win10/11 compatibility.
Digital distribution of these games has always been unrelated to each other.
Besides, GOG should be aware of the fact, that The River of Time is working fine on Win 10 ( with some minor tweaks, which is common for GOG versions ).
I assume, they would have released the game already, if they legally could.