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Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition will be released for the Mac on November 15, thanks to a collaboration between Beamdog, Atari, and Overhaul Games. The sequel to the popular Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition is a remake of Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn and the expansion pack Throne of Bhaal.

Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition combines both Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn and Baldur's Gate II: Throne of Bhaal. Bundled with the game on PC and Mac, and available as DLC on iPad and Android, are four diverse new characters, each with their own epic quest. Venture to the distant sands of Zakhara with your new companions, or lead them in a raid upon the home of the gods.
The game runs on the Infinity Enhanced Edition and along with four new characters, it also offers The Black Pits 2: Gladiators of Thay, multiplayer capabilities, and remastered artwork.

Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition can be pre-ordered for $24.95. It requires Mac OS X 10.6.8 and later, 2.5 GB of storage space, 512 MB of memory, and an Intel Core 2 Duo or equivalent. An iOS version of the game is also in development and is listed as "Coming Soon."

Article Link: 'Baldur's Gate II' for Mac Arriving on November 15
 

Cougarcat

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"Remake" is a bit of a stretch...it's exactly what it says it is, an enhanced edition. Bug fixes, multiplayer lobby, widescreen support, new characters...that kind of thing.
 
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ArtOfWarfare

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Those requirements are crushing. Apart from the Core 2 Duo requirement, I think my eMac from last decade could run this.
 
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Washac

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Turns out anything like the first Baldurs Gate enhanced they can keep it, still bugged and the last update was back in Febuary.
 
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Asuriyan

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Those requirements are crushing. Apart from the Core 2 Duo requirement, I think my eMac from last decade could run this.

Guessing the C2D requirement is only because it's a 64-bit binary. I first ran the game on a Pentium 4; its original requirements are not exactly steep.

Turns out anything like the first Baldurs Gate enhanced they can keep it, still bugged and the last update was back in Febuary.

As I understand it that's because the license for the IP was temporarily in turmoil. It was pulled from the App Store (all platforms) and came back about a month ago and the developer's future was somewhat in question. Hopefully this means there will be updates soon to come, as the dispute (with Atari, if I recall) has obviously been resolved.
 
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Kuzbad

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Turns out anything like the first Baldurs Gate enhanced they can keep it, still bugged and the last update was back in Febuary.

I enjoyed the iPad Baldur's Gate EE release, but it definitely had issues.

I'm beta testing the new patch foraldur's Gate Enhanced Edition / BGEE. It's MUCH better than the original release and, quite frankly, is what the enhanced edition should have been months ago. It sucks that they had to put development on hold for several months during the Atari bankruptcy, but things are definitely rolling again now.

The new user interface rewrite includes displaying scaling, new fonts & font rendering, new effects engine, etc, looks really nice. Nice to have Mac as a primary platform too.
 
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bounou

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One of the best games ever made and easily the best D&D game of all time, will be getting the mac and iOS versions!
 
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MagnusVonMagnum

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$25 for a game that old? I'm sorry, but that's a joke. I loved playing Baldur's Gate 1 & 2 several years ago and I still already OWN them (and they run fine in VMWare with WindowsXP), so this idea I should pay $25 AGAIN for them is a bit much. I didn't pay that much for them a few years ago. They were in the bargain bin for $5 apiece. Now look at the Enhanced Monkey Island games. They MASSIVELY improved the graphics and added full speech to boot. Those I thought were worth $15-20. I suppose if you have never played Baldur's Gate 1 or 2, it'd be worth $25, but they KNOW most of their market is people that wouldn't mind playing it again a decade later without having to jump through hoops (VMWare, etc.) to get it to run (none of which applies if you own Windows for any machine since they still run just fine on a modern PC and aren't buggered to hell like I hear Baldur's Gate EE was/is).

I might pay $25 for BOTH Baldur's Gate 1 & 2 Enhanced, but I'm not paying $50 to play ancient games that had their time at brand new game pricing levels. I didn't pay that much for Dragon Age Origins (recently on sale a few months ago for $10 on Steam for Windows with every single expansion included) when I bought it for $40 the same year it came out. Now THAT game blows away Baldur's Gate and its sequel. It's the best RPG I've ever played and I've played a lot of them (KOTOR is also excellent and so is its sequel if you get the fan patches to restore the unfinished content). Its sequel was a gross disappointment but that's because they didn't put any time into it. This seems to be a "Let's see how many suckers we can get to buy the game all over again." How about a discount for those of us that already own the darn games? Yeah right. Let me know when they're down to $10 each and I'll think about it.
 
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Parasprite

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and aren't buggered to hell like I hear Baldur's Gate EE was/is

That's debatable, BG1 was pretty damned buggy. Except for 1 side quest I couldn't complete and a bug related to using the BG2 engine that allowed the bypassing of a certain magical chest's security system... it has been fairly solid for me. For a modern game any crashes that occur are well-nigh unacceptable to most people (exception given to <1.0 releases), however I managed to get to the end without crashing once (including much of the side quests and all of the TotSC nonsense) which would have been unbelievable back in the day.

...and then just as I killed Sarevok it crashed. ...twice

It's also probably subsidizing or otherwise financially encouraging the development of iOS and Android releases, which is not something you can easily accomplish with virtual machines.

Disclaimer: anecdotal evidence
 
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Zapruder

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Turns out anything like the first Baldurs Gate enhanced they can keep it, still bugged and the last update was back in Febuary.
The first one never worked on my system, neither with Steam nor their own distribution platform. I had to dig out an old Windows XP build for this. :(
 
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