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Baldur's Gate II Gold for PC
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BioWare has announced that their latest title, Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn, is now 'gold master' and should be shipping for the PC before the end of the month. Yesterday we brought you news that GraphSim, the company who ported BioWare's original Baldur's Gate game to the Mac, was investigating porting this sequel to the Mac OS as well.

According to a report on Gamesmania, Graphsim is currently in talks with Interplay to discuss the licencing of this sequel for a port. Since BG II essentially uses the same engine as Baldur's Gate and the Tales of the Sword Coast expansion pack, the Mac port of this sequel should be significantly faster than the original port. Here's an excerpt from the BioWare press release with details about the features of the sequel:

Fifteen NPC’s are available to join players in their quest, along with hundreds of completely new creatures and access to over 130 new spells.  Hundreds of new items also add flavor to the game, including the legendary Holy Avenger and the venerated Staff of the Magi.  Higher-level character development and the exceptionally diverse combat proficiency system will allow for an expanded skill set including Two Weapon Fighting and single weapon mastery.  Over 20 new kits and classes have been added to the already extensive class list from Baldur's Gate to make Baldur's Gate II the most inclusive Advanced Dungeons & Dragons® 2nd edition CRPG ever created.
If you're looking for more info on the game, check out the preview posted at Hardnews and the screen shots available at VoodooExtreme. We'll be sure to bring you more information on GraphSim's attempt to obtain the rights to port this title to the Mac OS. The Tales of the Sword Coast add-on pack is currently in beta testing and will be released with the multiplayer code for Baldur's Gate later this Fall.

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