Legendary RPG Baldur’s Gate II: Enhanced Edition Will Be Out On iPad Soon

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Whether you’re a chaotic good wild mage or a neutral evil Drow, there’s good news coming out of the Underdark this morning. Following its launch on Mac last month, Beamdog Entertainment’s updated version of Baldur’s Gate II and its expansion — only the finest CRPG ever made — are coming to iPad, possibly even in time for Christmas!

According to a tweet from Trent Oster, one of the main developers behind the update, Baldur’s Gate II: Enhanced Edition has been submitted to the iOS App Store for approval as of December 8th. Barring any major problems, that means it should easily be accepted within the next couple of weeks.

I’ve waxed eloquently about Baldur’s Gate II before, a classic 2000-era RPG from Bioware Entertainment (of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and Mass Effect fame) with over 200 hours of gameplay in the Dungeons and Dragons universe. Here’s what you can expect from Baldur’s Gate II: Enhanced Edition:

The Final Chapter – Baldur’s Gate II: Enhanced Edition includes Baldur’s Gate II: Shadows of Amn and Baldur’s Gate II: Throne of Bhaal, the epic conclusion of the Bhaalspawn saga.

Four New Party Members – Bundled with the PC and Mac versions and available as DLC for iPad and Android, four new characters can join you on your journey. At the behest of his dark patron, Dorn Il-Khan plunders and defiles the Sword Coast. Hunted by Red Wizards, Neera the Wild Mage evades and disrupts the Thayans at every turn. Exercising his growing combat mastery, the monk Rasaad yn Bashir leaves his former allies to hunt the dark figure that corrupted his brother. A mysterious thief in service to mysterious master seeks powerful artifacts from across the globe. Recruit them, use their powers, and uncover over 30 new locations.

The Black Pits 2: Gladiators of Thay – Explore the tactical depth of high-level Dungeons & Dragons combat. Undermine your captors and prey upon their weaknesses while you dodge traps and battle for your life against Demi-Liches, Mind Flayers, and Githyanki.

Easy Multiplayer – Baldur’s Gate II: Enhanced Edition makes it easy to find, list, and join multiplayer games, even while behind a firewall.

The original and inferior game, Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition, came to iPad last year for $9.99, with the extra characters available as in-app purchases. I imagine Baldur’s Gate II: Enhanced Edition will see similar pricing when it comes to iPad.

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