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#1 PeopleLikeFrank

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Posted 11 June 2007 - 11:12 AM

Command and Conquer, Battlefield 2142, Need for Speed Carbon, Harry Potter, all coming in July.

Just announced at WWDC.
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Posted 11 June 2007 - 11:13 AM

View Postnobody, on June 11th 2007, 07:12 PM, said:

Command and Conquer, Battlefield 2142, Need for Speed Carbon, Harry Potter, all coming in July.

Just announced at WWDC.

Good god,you are fast,was about to post that myself :)
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Posted 11 June 2007 - 11:13 AM

I just came to post the same thing... I guess you beat me to it.

Edit: You missed two. Madden 08 and Tiger Woods 08
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Posted 11 June 2007 - 11:14 AM

Madden and Tiger Woods in August - great if you're a sports game person (I'm not).
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Posted 11 June 2007 - 11:16 AM

View PostDark_Archon, on June 11th 2007, 01:13 PM, said:

I just came to post the same thing... I guess you beat me to it.

Edit: You missed two. Madden 08 and Tiger Woods 08

Hot damn!  :D
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Posted 11 June 2007 - 11:17 AM

I'm sorry for Aspyr if they're not involved in this, but I think we can all agree that support from the original publishers is the best situation, especially if it involves hybrid disks.

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Posted 11 June 2007 - 11:34 AM

Wow. That's interesting. I assume that's via Cider?
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Posted 11 June 2007 - 11:38 AM

View PostPegasus, on June 11th 2007, 12:34 PM, said:

Wow. That's interesting. I assume that's via Cider?

Not necessarily.  If they're intel only, the ports shouldn't be all that hard.

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Posted 11 June 2007 - 11:40 AM

View PostBenRoethig, on June 11th 2007, 07:38 PM, said:

Not necessarily.  If they're intel only, the ports shouldn't be all that hard.

Ya sure,all these different APIs donīt make any difference...... :cool:
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Posted 11 June 2007 - 12:00 PM

This may also mean that FIFA may come to Mac as well. *hopeful*
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Posted 11 June 2007 - 12:03 PM

View PostPegasus, on June 11th 2007, 10:34 AM, said:

Wow. That's interesting. I assume that's via Cider?

According the IMG news report it looks like it's via Cider.

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Posted 11 June 2007 - 12:11 PM

So all those big games coming via cider was true after all - amazing.
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Posted 11 June 2007 - 12:14 PM

w0000000000000000000000000000000000000000t!!!!!!111!!1!!!11!!! :w00t:

'nuff said!

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Posted 11 June 2007 - 12:16 PM

Nobody beat me by less than a minute creating this topic. Dang.  ;)
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Posted 11 June 2007 - 12:17 PM

View PostBenRoethig, on June 11th 2007, 01:38 PM, said:

Not necessarily.  If they're intel only, the ports shouldn't be all that hard.

The "Intel" part is only about 1/4 of the porting process...porting to OS X is the hard part.  I would suspect Intel-only anyway, Cider or no Cider.  So it goes...beats having to mess with Windows, anyway....

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Posted 11 June 2007 - 12:22 PM

View PostEric5h5, on June 11th 2007, 08:17 PM, said:

...porting to OS X is the hard part.
...especially the DirectX to OpenGL part.

It would be interesting to know if they finally will release their games as hybrids or remain single version-ed.

And it would be interesting to know what Aspyr says about this. After all, EA was one of their major partners.

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Posted 11 June 2007 - 12:38 PM

View PostPegasus, on June 11th 2007, 02:00 PM, said:

This may also mean that FIFA may come to Mac as well. *hopeful*

Oh my! I hadn't even thought of that. That would be the ultimate sports game for me.

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Posted 11 June 2007 - 12:52 PM

View PostPegasus, on June 11th 2007, 10:34 AM, said:

Wow. That's interesting. I assume that's via Cider?

That's what I've heard. And I suppose the next question is: how well will that work? Answers to that can be had, in part, from the current owners of Mac Heroes of Might and Magic 5 - a current (the only?) Cider-based Mac game out right now.
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Posted 11 June 2007 - 12:59 PM

View PostBrad Oliver, on June 11th 2007, 08:52 PM, said:

...Heroes of Might and Magic 5 - a current (the only?) Cider-based Mac game out right now.
Nope. X3 and Myst Online also use Cider.

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Posted 11 June 2007 - 01:25 PM

What's amazing me about this is the fact that EA is publishing the titles. Even though Cider removes much of the pain of the port, given the serious lack of retail presence for Mac software this move is actually a significant risk for EA. Even Apple Stores have reduced their shelf-space for games, in favor of more iPod accessories. Yet EA isn't just testing the waters here, they are jumping in with 6 titles. And I'm pretty sure they won't be hybrid releases either.

There are also lifecycle differences with Mac software that many publishers seem oblivious to: sales seems to be slower up front but if the title remains available it sells for longer periods of time. It's not certain that EA will be able to handle the Mac market the way a company like Aspyr has learned to.

EA must have calculated that Apple Stores and online stores like Amazon would make this a profitable venture. They may also have a deal with Apple that gives them prominent shelf-space in the retail and online Apple Stores.

It's going to be real interesting. I hope it works out for them.
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