Baldur’s Gate II: Enhanced Edition Heading To Mac November 15th

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Last year, the classic PC Dungeons & Dragons RPG Baldur’s Gate finally made its way to the Mac in an enhanced port put together by Beamdog Entertainment, and from there, the iPad. We were excited about it at the time, but only because it paved the way for Baldur’s Gate II, which to this day might be the finest PC RPG game ever made. Baldur’s Gate is pretty good, but it hasn’t aged well. Baldur’s Gate II and its expansion, Throne of Bhaal, still hold up.

Time to get psyched, then. Beamdog is bringing Baldur’s Gate II: Enhanced Edition to the Mac on November 15. And if history is anything to judge by, an iPad version should follow a few months later.

First released in 2000 for Microsoft Windows and Mac, Baldur’s Gate II is a sweeping, 300+ hour RPG in which you, the son of Bhaal, must explore the city of Athkatla after being kidnapped by the mad wizard Irenicus. It’s an incredible RPG — one of the most epic in scope ever made — and the Enhanced Edition will feature new characters, environments, romances and more. If history is anything to go by, it will cost $24.95 when it is released on both Steam and the Mac App Store, and show up on the iPad six to eight months later.

Truth be told, we’re luck to be getting Baldur’s Gate II: Enhanced Edition at all. In June, a ,a href=”http://www.cultofmac.com/232708/baldurs-gate-enhanced-edition-pulled-from-app-store-bgiiee-put-on-hold/”>mysterious dispute between Beamdog and Atari caused Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition to be pulled from the App Store, and Baldur’s Gate II: Enhanced Edition put on hold. That the dispute was so quickly resolved and Baldur’s Gate II: Enhanced Edition put back on track is a testament to Beamdog, and a nice little think to look forward to as we edge closer to Thanksgiving.

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