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MacPlay Announces TRON 2.0
10:09 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

In what may have been the worst keep secret in Mac gaming history, MacPlay and Buena Vista Interactive today officially announced TRON 2.0. Developed by Monolith Productions, the Mac version is scheduled to be released in May. The game is an action-packed story-driven title inspired by TRON, the groundbreaking science-fiction motion picture.

Here's more from the official press release:

"TRON 2.0 has received outstanding reviews and over 20 'Best Of 2003' awards and nominations ,'" said Bob Picunko marketing director for Buena Vista Interactive. "With its incredible game play, unique visual style and innovative design, TRON 2.0 is sure to become a timeless favorite for action-hungry Mac gamers."

TRON 2.0 takes place in present day, two decades after the events of the film. Gamers are digitized into cyberspace to battle corruption both inside and outside of the computer world, while exploring locations including the Internet Hub, Firewall, Corrupted Server and Light Cycle Game Grid. In addition to the single-player experience, TRON 2.0 offers team-based multiplayer levels that allow up to 16 players to compete simultaneously

"TRON 2.0 is a fantastic follow-up to a groundbreaking movie," said MacPlay CEO Mark Cottam. "The light cycle levels serve up some of the most action-packed game play I've ever seen."

TRON 2.0 upgrades the action with glowing 3D graphics brought to life with Touchdown Entertainment's state-of-the-art Jupiter engine. The cutting-edge "glow effect" brings to life and updates the look and feel of the film.

"Mac OS X with its stunning Aqua user interface, high-quality graphics rendering engine, and powerful performance is the perfect operating system for computer games," said Ron Okamoto, Apple's vice president of Worldwide Developer Relations. "TRON 2.0 capitalizes on the power and stability of Mac OS X and delivers a real and action-packed experience for Mac gamers."

The game features the voices of original TRON film actors Bruce Boxleitner and Cindy Morgan, as well as actress/supermodel Rebecca Romijn-Stamos who voices Mercury, a light cycle champion. Mercury is a fearless computer artificial intelligence or "Game Bot" who was created by an unknown user to help Jet navigate the dangers of a mysterious digital world.

TRON 2.0 is slated to be available in May at retailers nationwide and at the MacPlay Store. IMG has posted a first look preview of the game, linked below.

IMG First Look: TRON 2.0
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Monolith Productions
TRON 2.0
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Dark Horizons: Lore Beta Ends, Demo Available
9:20 AM | Chris Stein | Comment on this story

Mechanized warfare simulator Dark Horizons:Lore has ended its beta period. Max Gaming Technologies', who developed Lore, President Jeff Wright announced last Tuesday in an Administrative news post on the Lore ste that the beta was coming to an end and that all beta ignition keys, which are required to play Lore, will expire on the following Friday. According to the post, the game will be available for retail from publisher Garage Games shortly after the beta ends, but no option to buy the games has appeared on the publisher's website. However, a demo is available from an FTP, which is linked to below.

Here's more from the post at the Lore website:

So what next?

The first 3 weeks of release will be a time of free play, and enlisting new players into the Lore universe. We will promote training sessions with the Ambassadors Club, and also a competition leading up to the Invasion of the North American Sector. During this 3 week period, outside of creating characters the stats engine will not be accepting battle reports, but player stats will be counted during this time period.

The Invasion will start approximately 3 weeks after the official release of DHL. The Invasion will be a set Event starting at a specific time, during the invasion period all Server Corp servers will be running maps specifically targeted as objectives in Sector 1. We will be posting Server Corp information and how to apply this Friday.

Only approved Server Corp servers will contribute to the battle reporting.

Lore features a variety of game modes and focuses on combat among large walking tanks, known as MAVS. Stay tuned to IMG for more information on Lore as well as an upcoming review in the next weeks.

The demo of Dark Horizons: Lore will be included in the very first issue of the MacGames DVD. To subscribe, follow the link below.

Dark Horizons: Lore Beta Test Ends
Dark Horizons: Lore
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Q3 Rocket Arena Update
8:25 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

The folks at Rocket Arena have posted an update to their popular Quake 3 mod. Now at version 1.76, this latest iteration of RA3 comes with 4 updated maps as well as other new features.

  • Topshots accuracy ranking
  • Many new cvars and console commands
  • Support for custom team names
  • New scoreboard
  • Updated maps 17-20
  • Built in HTTP server for dedicated servers
  • Database player stats tracking
  • Team auto-balancing
  • Auto-record demos and screenshots
  • Bug fixes
Those interested in downloading the latest update, which is sized at 27MB, can do so at the official Rocket Arena site. The full version, at 135MB, is also available.

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Activision
Quake III Team Arena
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Shadowbane Fixes Today, Dev Info
8:00 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

Ubisoft and Wolfpack have announced a small "hot-fix" patch launching today to fix a few crashing issues in both the Mac and PC clients for their massively multiplayer online RPG Shadowbane.

The update will also begin to prepare the Shadowbane servers for the much larger 2.5 patch coming down the road. If you're curious about their development plans for this next major milestone, the team has also provided new information via their "In-development" page.

Rather than focus on a host of new content, the 2.5 patch will instead focus on improving performance, client stability, game balance and even interface rewrites. Here's a taste of what's coming:

Performance Improvements
A variety of improvements have been to both the client and server to dramatically decrease slowdown when entering new areas, improving communication between the client and server, and overall performance and stability.á In fact, the majority of this patch has been dedicated to increase the performance of the game, especially in reducing lag.áá

Client Crashes
In the original Rise of the Upstart Gods patch, we introduced a diagnostic tool that gave us a record on the server of all client crashes.á The most common client crashes have been fixed at this time and we will continue to make headway in this area.

Advanced UI Rewrite
Redoing Shadowbane's User Interface code will result in improved skins support, greater framerates, greater stability, and dramatically easier addition of new features and game improvements. It will also reduce downloads when new features are added.á This will also be XML-based so all of you aspiring Skin Artists start brushing up your skills!

For more on the 2.5 update, check out the in-development page now.

Shadowbane Hot-Fix Info
Shadowbane In-Development Page
Wolfpack Studios
Ubisoft
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Ubisoft Reveals New Myst Game
8:00 AM | Johan HansÚn | Comment on this story

Ubisoft has announced that a new Myst game is in development. Myst IV Revelation will tell us the story about the two treacherous brothers, revealing more about the world of Myst.

From the press release:

Within the visually awe-inspiring world of Myst, a gripping family drama will slowly unfold. A little girl disappears, her two brothers are suspected, and it is clear that their story is far from over. Players will escape into the adventure as they attempt to solve the mystery and discover the fate of the two villainous brothers, Sirrus and Achenar. Understanding their motives is the key to the investigation which will lead to a true "revelation."
The press release also mentions that the artist Peter Gabriel and the composer Jack Wall are producing the soundtrack.

Ubisoft and Cyan Studios has also put up a small teaser site with two screenshots and a short movie. While the press release doesn't mention any platforms for the new Myst game, the teaser site has a Mac/PC CD-ROM logo on it. We will get back with more information about this new exciting title as soon as we get it.

Myst IV Revelation
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Ubisoft Announces New Adventure: Myst IV Revelation
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Mac Games News for Monday, April 5, 2004

IMG Reviews Nanosaur 212:53 PM
Spiderweb's Jeff Vogel on The Gamesome Mac12:18 PM
Gordon on Possible UT2k4 Retail Issues8:05 AM
Savage Dev Leaves; Mac Version In Limbo?8:05 AM
 
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