After launching in November for Windows and OS X, Baldur’s Gate II: Enhanced Edition is about to hit iOS, according to a tweet from developer Trent Oster. The Enhanced Edition is an update to BioWare’s popular role playing title, first release in 2000. An Enhanced Edition of the first Baldur’s Gate launched in early 2013 for Windows, OS X, and iOS.
Baldur’s Gate II: Enhanced Edition is part of a recent trend to update and re-release classic games for modern platforms. While some games maintain their original design and are simply updated to run on current versions of OS X or iOS, others, like the Baldur’s Gate series, are modified with new new graphics, features, and content.
The OS X edition of Baldur’s Gate II: Enhanced Edition features high resolution graphics and artwork, an enhanced multiplayer mode, the addition of four new heroes, and the Throne of Bhaal expansion. Mac users appear to enjoy the game, rating the OS X version 4.5 out of 5 on the Mac App Store, and the iOS conversion of the first game also seems to be well-received, with a 4 out of 5 rating.
Mr. Oster’s tweet on Monday indicated that Apple had approved the in-app purchase aspect of the title, the last item holding up the game’s release, so the game should land on the iOS App Store in the next few days. Pricing remains unknown, although the OS X version of the game costs $25. However, the inclusion of in-app purchases for iOS (something that’s absent from the OS X version) may mean that we see a free base version of the game with the opportunity to unlock the rest of the title via IAPs.
Either way, the cost will likely be high for a 14-year-old game, but fans of the epic series may have an easy time justifying the expense.