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MWSF: Feral—Black & White Out; Worms Blast
6:00 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

While trolling the popular GraphSim area on the Macworld Expo floor, IMG caught up with the company's European partner Feral Interactive. Owner David Stephen gave us the scoop on a number of their upcoming titles, including the newly announced Worms Blast. With the unfortunate loss of Worms Armaggedon on the Mac, it's great news for fans of the series that Blast will be making it. Stephen let us know that while it's still in the very early stages of porting, they expect it to be available in late spring. For those unfamiliar with the Worms series, imagine Lemmings with weapons to get a good idea.

The other big news for both GraphSim and Feral is that Black & White is now available. While the game lacks the multiplayer mode, the show floor demos were running very well and looked great. Stephen also told us the multiplayer patch should be available around March. They are also looking at the expansion pack Creature Isles, though nothing is definite yet on that title.

F1 Championship is now expected in March, so fans of this racer should get prepared. Enemy Engages will be available shortly after, with a March or April release expected. Many other good games are in the works, like Championship Manager Quiz and others he unfortunately couldn't mention. Be sure to check out their web site for more updates soon. And if you're a MacGames CD subscriber, pre-order your copy of Black & White at the IMG store now.

Feral Interactive
Lionhead Studios
GraphSim
Black & White


MWSF: All New MacPlay Projects to Be OS X-Only
4:00 PM | Sean Smith | Comment on this story

Game publisher MacPlay announced at Macworld Expo in San Francisco this afternoon that all of their new games will be developed and released for Mac OS X only.

Such is MacPlay's enthusiasm and support for Mac OS X as a gaming platform that they are willing to give their Mac OS 9 customers this rather forceful nudge toward upgrading, according to MacPlay's President, Mark Cottam.

Projects currently in the pipeline will support Mac OS 9 as well, but from this time on, all new projects will be developed using the Cocoa APIs only, according to Mark Dochterman, MacPlay's Technical Director.

MacPlay


MWSF: MacPlay Unveils Aliens vs Predator 2
2:59 PM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

In a surprise announcement at Macworld Expo today, the folks at MacPlay finally revealed the identity of their heterofore secret title known previously as Project Deuce. As some readers speculated in the IMG forums, Project Deuce is in fact Aliens vs Predator 2, the sequel to the highly popular Aliens vs Predator.

Though details are slim at this point, we do know that Hyperion has been chosen as the porter of this title, with MacPlay holding the publishing rights. Hyperion was also responsible for the Mac port of Shogo: MAD and is also porting No One Lives Forever to the Mac for MacPlay.

Aliens vs Predator 2 takes you to Planet LV1201, where three diverse and bloodthirsty species battle for survival. The story-driven plot weaves together the fates of all three races, while the action is as heart-stopping as the blockbuster films on which it is based. Choose to play as Alien, Predator, or Marine as you use your physical prowess, killer instincts, or superior firepower to stay alive.

AvP 2 features include:

Single Player Mode
  • Play as Alien, Predator, or a Colonial Marine-each armed unique new weapons and abilities
  • 21 intense single player missions set in three interlocking story lines

    Multiplayer Mode

  • Play as 1 of 10 characters in 12 multiplayer levels including Species Team Maps and Deathmatch
  • Game types include survivor, Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch, and Hunt

    State-of-the-Art Graphics and Engine

  • New highly detailed environments including LV1201 landscapes
  • 32-bit animated light mapping for phenomenal effects
  • Advanced game engine using LithTech Development System
  • As for when it will be available, MacPlay currently estimates sometime in the second quarter of 2002.

    IMG will be sure to keep readers updated as we receive more information on these exciting developments.

    MacPlay
    IMG Forum - Project Deuce
    Hyperion Entertainment



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    Otto Matic Joins the iMac
    12:43 PM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

    In a small update to their Game Hardware page, Apple has let it be known that they will be pre-loading a copy of Pangea Software's and Aspyr's action title Otto Matic onto every new iMac sold.

    While it may not seem like much to some, this is tremendous news for the Mac gaming community. Not only does it show that Apple is getting more serious in its commitment to games, but it should also help Otto Matic itself reach a wide audience, as the new iMac is expected to sell like hotcakes as it becomes available. It also doesn't hurt that Otto Matic is a fine example of a Mac-only game.

    For more information on Otto Matic itself, be sure to check out IMG's preview. Those who have yet to see the game for themselves can find a demo available at MacGameFiles.

    Pangea Software
    Otto Matic
    Aspyr Media
    Apple - Game Hardware
    IMG - Otto Matic Preview
    MGF - Otto Matic Demo



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    MWSF: MacPlay Patches Giants Multiplayer, AvP
    11:02 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

    Two new game patches have been released from MacPlay over the past couple of days, updating both Giants: Citizen Kabuto and Aliens versus Predator. The Giants patch adds multiplayer support not available in the boxed release, as well as fixing a few nagging issues in the application. Do keep in mind that the patch is still considered in beta and is unsupported by MacPlay. There is still one remaining issue for those running in 640x480, but Giants fans will definitely give it a look. Here's the scoop on what's different:

    Fixes in this patch:
    · Multiplayer Support Added.
    · Mouse config stays constant after exiting on 10.1.x systems.
    · Powerbook G4 Titanium incompatibilities remedied.

    Known Issues:
    · Multiplayer Game Lobby does not display text properly in 640 x 480 resolution.

    The download is 4.5MB, so head over to the MacPlay site if you're interested.

    The other recent update is a quick 1.1a patch for Aliens verses Predator which just fixes incompatibility created by Apple's latest version of OS X 10.1.2. Grab the 7MB file if you're having difficulties using AvP under this version.

    Aliens vs. Predator: Gold
    Giants: Citizen Kabuto
    Download Aliens vs. Predator 1.1a Patch (7MB)
    Download Giants Multiplayer Patch (4.5MB)
    Buy Giants: Citizen Kabuto



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    MWSF: Blizzard Announces Diablo II for OS X
    10:54 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

    Blizzard Entertainment today announced its continued support for the Macintosh with a forthcoming Mac OS X patch for the best-selling Diablo II. In the press release, Blizzard said the OS X version of Diablo II and Diablo II: Lord of Destruction should be released soon:

    Blizzard is pleased to announce a new patch for 2001's Game of the Year, the number-one selling Diablo II and the record-breaking Diablo II: Lord of Destruction. Available for download in the first quarter of 2002, the patch will bring the blockbuster Diablo II saga, and the battle to save the world from the forces of Diablo, Mephisto and Baal, to the next generation of Macintosh operating systems.

    Both Diablo II and Diablo II: Lord of Destruction will run in Carbonized form under Mac OS X v10.1 and subsequent versions.

    This is great news for Diablo II Mac fans who have been itching to play Diablo II natively under OS X. As soon as the patch it released, we'll let you know.

    Blizzard Entertainment
    Diablo II
    Diablo II: Lord of Destruction
    Buy Diablo II



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    MWSF: Contraband at Macworld
    7:02 AM | Sean Smith | Comment on this story

    At Macworld Expo yesterday afternoon, Inside Mac Games spoke with "Burger" Bill Heineman of Contraband Entertainment, the development house responsible for completing the Mac version of Myth III: The Wolf Age, available now from MacSoft.

    Heineman told IMG that Icewind Dale and Hexen II have joined Fighter Squadron: The Screamin' Demons over Europe in the beta stage of development, with Heretic II expected to enter beta in just a few weeks. (The Product Status page at Contraband's web site estimates a February release for Hexen II and Fighter Squadron, with Icewind Dale expected this month.) All four games are being published by MacPlay.

    Contraband is also developing an original game called Abducted, which Heineman describes as a science fiction/horror first-person adventure.

    As IMG reported yesterday, Contraband recently released a version 1.1.3 beta update to Sin, another game ported for MacPlay. As our readers may remember, two different beta 1.1.2 patches were released and then pulled over the past year without going final. Heineman assured us that the 1.1.3 update will not suffer the same lingering fate: he will continue to update it until users stop reporting bugs, and then he'll release a final version.

    The Sin 1.1.3 beta patch and a recently released patch for Aliens vs Predator are both hosted on Contraband's Hotline server at hotline.contrabandent.com; the Sin 1.1.3 beta patch is also on Contraband's iDisk. Heineman told IMG that Contraband does plan in the future to host downloads on their web site as well.

    Lastly, Heineman told IMG that the source code to the Mac version of Quake II, which his old company Logicware ported for Activision, is very close to release. The principal remaining hold-up is his presence at Macworld Expo.

    Contraband Entertainment
    Contraband: Hotline Server
    Buy HeXen II


    MWSF: Sony Adds Mac Support to Station.com
    6:00 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

    One of the very interesting announcements at this Macworld Expo has been the news concerning Sony Online Entertainment's web games at The Station. These popular Java-based games are now Mac compatible on both OS 9 and Mac OS X. While there are still a few stragglers, we talked with Sony's representative Dallas Dickson on the show floor and he was confident they would have the last few games compatible soon. Right now Mac users should be able to play name-brand games like Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune as well as many classic and casino games with only a web connection. Here's an excerpt from Sony's press release:

    Starting on January 7, 2002, Mac users can begin enjoying games on The Station, including Jeopardy! Online, Wheel of Fortune Online, Yuetan, Empyrean, Bingo, 99s, Slots and Checkers. Over the coming months, Sony Online Entertainment will be working to make all of its games available for the Mac.

    The Station offers the greatest selection of casual online games available, including popular game show TV properties such as Jeopardy! Online and Wheel of Fortune Online. Within Jeopardy! Online, users can play specialty games to test their skills in Sports Jeopardy!, Rock & Roll Jeopardy!, College Jeopardy! Online, Jeopardy! Techno-Files and Showbiz Jeopardy!.

    While Mac users may be a little disappointed that none of Sony Online's premium games (Everquest, Planetside, etc.) were announced, you can be sure this is a great first step. It's great to see a company as excited about the Mac as Sony is, and it's sure to mean great things for both Sony and Apple in the future. Online gamers will surely love the expanded web games selection, so give The Station a look now at www.station.com.

    Press Release: Mac Station.com
    Sony Online Entertainment: The Station



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    MWSF: Destineer on Links, Halo, & More
    6:00 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

    Inside Mac Games talked with Destineer's Peter Tamte about some of their upcoming games at Macworld Expo yesterday. Having shipped the widly popular Age of Empires II on their Bold label in November, the company has been concentrating on finishing up Links Championship Edition. According to Tamte, the company had hoped to ship the game in 2001, but progress on the port did not go as expected. However, Tamte went on to say that Links should be shipping within the next few weeks.

    Tamte also gave us short updates on some other games they are working on. Flight Simulator 2002 for the Macintosh is still on the way, but he couldn't offer any time frame.

    As for Halo, Tamte confirmed what Microsoft has been saying: Halo will come to the Mac. Other than that, no details were forthcoming—including whether Bold will publish it.

    Tamte did say, however, to expect new announcements in the coming weeks. Keep your fingers crossed, because more Destineer games could be coming to a Macintosh near you.

    Bold by Destineer
    Halo: Combat Evolved
    Buy Links Championship Edition


    Mac Games News for Tuesday, January 8, 2002

    MWSF: Westlake Talks Games4:50 PM
    MWSF: MacSoft Ships, Prepares for New Releases4:46 PM
    MWSF: MacPlay Shows Icewind Dale, Other Updates4:10 PM
    MWSF: Huge Aspyr Update1:39 PM
    MWSF: ATI Ships Radeon 7000 Today10:42 AM
    MWSF: Westlake Porting Star Wars GB, Hot Date10:36 AM
    GeoMAME Reaches .5710:28 AM
    ATI Updates Mac OS 9 Retail Drivers10:09 AM
    MWSF: Nvidia Claims Desktop Domination (Updated)9:54 AM
    Sin 1.1.3 Beta Released9:39 AM
    Apple Features Harry Potter9:29 AM
    MWSF: ATI Announces Radeon 85009:19 AM
    MWSF: Lineage Coming to Mac (Updated)9:19 AM
    Trade Wars: Dark Millennium Update9:19 AM
     
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