Forget the Beatles and the iTunes Store, if you were hankering for real-time strategy, today's the day that won't soon be forgotten. On Tuesday, Virtual programming announced the release of Majesty 2: The Fantasy Kingdom Sim for Mac OS X.
Set 500 years after the conclusion of its predecessor, Majesty 2 challenges you to complete a 16-mission campaign by hiring heroes who may be more interested in having a beer at a local tavern than in fighting monsters to help restore the kingdom of Ardania to its former glory.
In true role-playing fashion, you'll be able to upgrade each hero you recruit with better abilities and inventory slots to fill with increasingly-powerful items. Complementary heroes can be assigned to groups that are better equipped to tackle tougher missions, and you can promote the most successful heroes to the title of Lord, enabling them to be summoned from the Hall of Lords during later quests. You can also place various types of flags, such as defense and explore flags, that entice heroes with promises of monetary rewards.
Majesty 2's multiplayer option also allows up to four players to compete over a LAN, going head-to-head or in teams as they vie for supremacy on a variety of maps. You can also create and share your own maps with the included editor.
The game is immediately available for $39.95 and requires Mac OS X 10.6.3 or later, a 2.16 GHz or faster Intel-based CPU, 1 GB of RAM, a graphics card with 128 MB of VRAM and 1.5 GB of hard disk space to install and run.