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July 6th, 2000

[3:40 PM] Diablo II In Production, To Ship By "End Of July"
by Cory Harrison

The Macintosh release of Diablo II has gone to Golden Master Status and is estimated to arrive on shelves by the end of July. This is fantastic news for Mac gamers who have traditionally waited years for a Blizzard port to become available. It goes without saying that if the game sells well upon its release that Mac gamers will benefit greatly. Everyone will be watching the sales figures to gauge profitability when publishing on the MacOS, and good figures can only entice others to follow Blizzard Entertainment's lead. According to Blizzard Entertainment:

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.

Multiplayer Mac System Requirements and Options

MacOS 8.1 or Higher
G3 Processor or Equivalent
64 MB RAM plus Virtual Memory
650 MB available hard drive space
4X CD-ROM drive
Video support for 256 color display at 800x600 Resolution

Multiplayer Mac System Requirements and Options

64MB RAM plus Virtual Memory
950 MB available hard drive space
28.8 Kbps or faster modem
Up to 8 Players: Over TCP/IP Network or Battle.net® (Requires
low-latency Internet connection with support for 32-bit applications)

Optional Mac 3D Acceleration

Supports Glide™, OpenGL (v.1.1.2 or higher) or RAVE

You can find more information on Diablo II at Blizzard's Web site. The company expects the game to be ready by "the end of July." Think MACWORLD.

The Mac Observer Spin: It will be interesting to see how Diablo 2 and Baldur's Gate do against each other on the sales charts. Baldur's Gate was announced Gold yesterday. Considering the great Sales for Baldur's on the PC, it should give Diablo 2 a good run for it's money.

Blizzard Entertainment



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