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Mac Diablo II Is Gold
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Yesterday we brought you news of Mac Baldur's Gate going gold - now yet another highly-anticipated RPG of a very different character has reached completion. The Mac OS version of Blizzard's Diablo II is gold, mere weeks behind the PC version. Here are details from the press release:

Macintosh gamers, get ready. Blizzard Entertainment announced today that the Macintosh version of the highly anticipated Diablo II, has gone gold. Shipping less than one month after the PC version of the game, this marks the fastest conversion of a game in the history of Blizzard Entertainment.

In Diablo II, players return to a dark world plagued by evil forces. After possessing the body of the hero who defeated him, Diablo resumes his nefarious scheme to shackle humanity into unholy slavery by joining forces with the other Prime Evils, Mephisto and Baal. Players face a new series of quests to rid the world of Diablo and his vile brethren forever.

"Not only is Diablo II our most ambitious undertaking to date, it is also the first time in our company's history that we are able to launch the Mac version almost simultaneously with the PC version," said Mike Morhaime, Blizzard Entertainment president and co-founder, "From the depth of each character class and the size of each act to the expansion of Battle.net?'s new worldwide architecture, the scope of Diablo II is much larger than any of our past projects."

Key features in the game include:

* Five all new character classes -- the Amazon, Paladin, Barbarian, Sorceress and Necromancer -- each with unique skills and abilities. In all, Diablo II offers 150 special abilities as each character can develop 30 unique, class specific skills and spells throughout the game.

* Four expansive towns to explore complete with wilderness areas, dungeons, monasteries, tombs, caverns and crypts.

* A randomly generated world filled with all-new weapons, armor, monsters, unique items, non-playing characters and more than 20 quests.

* Nearly 25 minutes of motion picture quality cinematics and a 70-minute original score of ambient music.

* InputSprocket to support multi-button mice.

* Full multiplayer support for up to eight players and expanded Battle.net support with servers on land in North America, Europe and Asia.

* Optional for RAVE, open GL and 3dfx support that offers near-perfect perspective, including scaling and parallax effects, to the game play experience.


Diablo II is expected to release on three CD-ROMs by the end of July in Macintosh format. Diablo II has an ESRB rating of Mature (17+). The game will be available at most computer and software retail chains worldwide. The game will also be offered directly from Blizzard at (800) 953-SNOW and www.blizzard.com.

System Requirements

Diablo II's single-player minimum system requirements are G3 processor, Mac OS 8.1 or higher, 64 MB RAM plus Virtual Memory 650 MB available hard drive space, 4X CD-ROM drive and Video support for 256 color display at 800X600, Mouse and keyboard.

Additional multiplayer system requirements include 64 MB RAM plus Virtual Memory 950 MB available hard drive, 4X CD-ROM drive, Video support for 256 color display at 800X600, Mouse and keyboard. Battle.net connection requires a low-latency 28.8 Kbps Internet connection. Multiplayer games played over a LAN require a TCP/IP network. The game offers InputSprocket to support multiple mice. Enhanced graphic support includes optional 3D acceleration by supporting Glide?, OpenGL (v.1.1.2 or higher), RAVE or 3dfx.

Typically the path from Gold Master to duplication to store is one to two weeks; we are absoluely certain this game will be ready for sale by Macworld Expo New York (July 19th) but preorders may be shipping even earlier. By all accounts Diablo II is yet another Blizzard best-of-class smash hit, and we can't wait to jump online and dish out some punishment. Keep watching the stores for this one! Read our two-part Diablo II preview for more details.

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