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Posted 11 October 2005 - 08:17 AM

Aspyr has announced that they have reached an agreement with the European gaming company, JoWood to publish four special editions of their PC games in the United States. They are Spellforce Platinum which is a fantasy with the RTS-RPG genres, Gothic II Gold which is another fantasy RPG, Silent Storm Gold which is a WWII turn-based RPG, and finally The Guild Gold which is a historical sim and is also known as Europa 1400 - The Guild. These titles will include the original games which have been published by several other publishers, in addition to expansion packs for each game.

All four games will be released sometime in November. Could Mac ports of these games be on the way? Only time will tell.
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Posted 11 October 2005 - 10:15 AM

WOW, some of these games actually look pretty cool!  I wonder what the gameplay is like...
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Posted 11 October 2005 - 10:40 AM

converted2truth, on October 11th 2005, 11:15 AM, said:

WOW, some of these games actually look pretty cool!  I wonder what the gameplay is like...

I have PC friends who were very impressed with Silent Storm. Loved the gameplay and destructibility of the environments. Anecdotal, but hey, why not.

Europa 1400 is an unusual one. It's not like many other games out there, imagine something like Crusader Kings but on a much more personal/tactical level, but gets very good reviews round the Web.

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Posted 11 October 2005 - 10:53 AM

Jubilation, RPGs! Let's hope these aren't simply action games with leveling up.

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Posted 11 October 2005 - 10:57 AM

Ledorax, on October 11th 2005, 11:53 AM, said:

Jubilation, RPGs! Let's hope these aren't simply action games with leveling up.

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Caution- Aspyr has yet to say whether they plan to port any of these to Mac...
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Posted 11 October 2005 - 11:00 AM

Matt Diamond, on October 11th 2005, 09:57 AM, said:

Caution- Aspyr has yet to say whether they plan to port any of these to Mac...

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These are all PC only.
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Posted 11 October 2005 - 11:26 AM

Since when do aspyr do PC only games? Since now it appears, or I've missed something.

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Posted 11 October 2005 - 11:35 AM

Ledorax, on October 11th 2005, 06:26 PM, said:

Since when do aspyr do PC only games? Since now it appears, or I've missed something.

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Posted 11 October 2005 - 12:50 PM

I would love to play a mac version of Gothic 2. Arx Fatalis is another JoWood title that would make a good port. Gothic 3 is currently in development and is looking very good. I guess it's unlikely that we get any of these but I'll continue to hope.

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Posted 11 October 2005 - 12:58 PM

Wake me when Aspyr ports KOTOR2, NFSU2, FarCry, or something big like those :D

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Posted 11 October 2005 - 01:36 PM

This seems to be a pure publishing-only deal.

I have been a big fan of Gothic 2, having 'discovered' the 2002 German game in late 2003 and picked it up on eBay.  It *was* released in the US, but handled very poorly.  There was a 'more than expansion', Night of the Raven, released in many countries over the last year or two, but never to the US.  So now we get the full deal.

Put quite simply, Gothic 2 is one of the best RPG's ever.  Huge, continuous world, excellent plot and subplots, great quests and interaction, and loads of choices.  Excellent action combat.  It is also a great game that makes no bones about saying - "I suggested you go to town, if you wander off the path you *will* die..."

Perhaps this means they (Aspyr) are gearing up to publish Spellforce 2 and Gothic 3?

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Posted 11 October 2005 - 02:06 PM

Would have liked to seen these on Mac ):  Especially Silent Storm.

Oh well...

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Posted 11 October 2005 - 02:18 PM

And a slow season for new Mac games gets even slower ...  :(
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Posted 11 October 2005 - 03:53 PM

Does ASPYR buy rights to games to publish them, or how does that work? Would they need to pay the company any more to start porting the games?
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Posted 11 October 2005 - 10:05 PM

Ironically Spellforce is one of the games I sent in on my request list.  :huh:

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Posted 12 October 2005 - 05:06 AM

Just to point out some theoretical upsides of Aspyr publishing PC-only titles like these.

- Aspyr makes more money (hopefully.) Diversification during the Mactel transition=good.
- "Foot in the door." Aspyr builds relationships with new publishers/developers. Could be useful for acquiring Mac publishing rights down the road.

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And a slow season for new Mac games gets even slower ... 
Maybe so. But there have been some good releases this year that I haven't caught up on yet. Freeverse is announcing some stuff this week, Brad Oliver has claimed to be working on two unannounced titles, Rollercoaster Tycoon and Stubbs coming soonish, etc. Macsoft is up to something too (according to hints dropped in an interview a couple of months ago.) I've seen worse.
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