Beamdog and Overhaul Games announced today that Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition will be released on February 22 on the Mac, not two months after its release on the iPad last December. You can pre-order and pre-download the OS X version of the game now on the Beamdog website.
Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition is an updated version of the original Bioware fantasy role playing game set in the Forgotten Realms, itself a part of the Dungeons & Dragon’s universe. The Mac version of the game will have an enhanced version of the Infinity Engine, a Tales of the Sword Coast expansion pack, and new adventures and party members to quest with.
The new interface and graphics engine will improve and optimize the visuals and control interface for high resolution widescreen displays, and online multiplayer has been updated to include a matchmaking ability. Games can be played across platforms, meaning that folks on iPad, Mac, PC, and Android can all play Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition together.
The new adventure, The Black Pits, lets you take a full party through 15 new battles in an attempt to escape the hellish land of the Underdark. It’s a whole new stand-alone adventure with over six hours of gameplay added to the already voluminous Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition playtime. New characters that join your story include Dorn Il-Khan, “a half-orc Blackguard whose otherworldly patron grants him terrible powers in the form of his black sword and unholy spells,” Neera the Wild Mage, “a half-elf wild mage slowly coming to terms with her enormous magical potential,” and Rasaad yn Bashir, a Calishite Monk who is “demonstrating his monastic arts to the people of Nashkel.”
The OS X version will release on February 22, 2013, and will cost $20 directly from Beamdog. A Mac App Store version is planned for a later release.