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Tuesday, October 5, 2004


Myst-related 'Ages of Ilathid' in Development
6:00 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

An IMG forumgoer recently posted some information regarding an upcoming work by Myst fans. Titled Ages of Ilathid, the title is a Myst-related fan work with full permission from developer Cyan to be created. Ilathid uses its own engine and code, and ties into the Myst storyline:

Atrus gave us hope and imbued us with the mission of finding linking books in the old City. However, my passion blinded me. My companions warned me not to enter this dangerous place, but out of desperation and our failure to find any linking books thus far, I boldly explored this ominous chamber.
A volunteer effort, the folks behind Ilathid intend to release the game as a free download once it's ready. They currently have open positions available for those interested in helping out.

More information on the project can be found at its official site.

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IMG Reviews Republic: The Revolution
12:28 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Inside Mac Games has posted a review of Republic: The Revolution from Feral Interactive. Here's a clip from the review:

With the mighty Soviet Union fallen, your state has been left in near anarchy. The time has come for someone to take down the self-obtained dictators and set up a state for the people. Such is the stage for Republic: The Rebellion, a political simulation game from Elixir Studios, Zonic Studios and Feral Interactive. Taking the role of a novice political activist looking to gain influence in your hometown, you're charged with recruiting others for your cause and doing any and all you can to gain power. The path will be rough, the opposition fierce, and intense strategy will be required to succeed in this wonderfully done strategy game.
To check out the entire review, please follow the link below.

IMG Review: Republic: The Revolution
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Diosoft's Pirates of the XXI Century Coming To The Mac?
9:31 AM | Jean-Luc Dinsdale | Comment on this story

Ukrainian game developers Diosoft have announced that their upcoming seafaring first person shooter, Pirates Of The XXI Century, will be released on the Mac.

Billed as an alternative to the "dull corridors of present-day's FPS", Pirates Of The XXI Century features a blockbuster story-line set in a Caribbean setting, revolving around modern-day pirates - sea-going mercenaries raiding merchant ships and committing general acts of terrorism in order to build up their own coffers. According to the National Geospatial Intelligence agency, modern day pirates operate the world over, and are a serious threat to commercial maritime operations.

Players of the new title will have the chance to play as either a modern-day pirate, members of a Hong Kong triad, or as a soldier of the United States Special Forces trying to break the terrorist rings. The game will feature action on ground, in the air, and both over and underwater. Players will face "serious and redoubtable AI opponents" with their choice of nearly thirty different types of regular and underwater weapons. The game is being built on top of the company's proprietary Monstrator game engine, relying on OpenGL graphics to pump out dynamic water reflections, and high resolution objects and textures. The title will support large interior and exterior playing fields, and will also feature real-time physics with solid body dynamics.

As of press time, a release date for the new title has yet to be confirmed. Stay tuned to IMG as we try to dig up more information regarding the new game.

Thanks to IMG reader Guillaume for the heads up on this story.

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Amju Super Golf 2.0 Released for OS X
6:00 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Amju has update its golf title Amju Super Golf to version 2.0. The update contains several new features, including a new character, a two-player game, and player skills that can be improved through play.

For those unfamiliar with the title, Amju Super Golf is a 3D golf game that focuses on cute graphics and cruelty to animals:

Try to get to the 18th hole of some very strange golf courses! There are bonuses to collect, special doors to unlock and animals to bop on the head!
Those interested in trying out Amju Super Golf can find download links at Amju's site. The Mac demo is sized at around 3.8MB.

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Myth TFL, Ballistic Updates
6:00 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

PlayMyth.net posted two announcements over the weekend concerning updates to the Myth titles that they continue to support. First up is an update to Myth: The Fallen Lords. Termed version 1.4.5, this update addresses compatibiltiy issues that have been reported with OS 10.3.

Next up is the release of Ballistic 1.01 by FlyingFlip:

FlyingFlip is please to announce the release of Ballistic v1.01 for Macintosh, Windows and Linux operating systems. This marks the first time in Myth's history that a map making tool for the Myth engine has been ported to the Linux operating system.
One of the new features added to the latest build of Ballistic include the ability to specify a maximum mesh height and a maximum mesh depth when using the pull tool. Other updates include bug fixes and the ability to auto-set terrain type for media.

Both Ballistic and the Myth: TFL update can be downloaded from PlayMyth's site.

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World Of Warcraft European Closed Beta
6:00 AM | Jean-Luc Dinsdale | Comment on this story

The award-winning developers over at Blizzard Entertainment announced over the weekend that the European close beta of their highly-anticipated MMORPG World Of Warcraft has started.

Following the patch updates released last week to North American and Korean beta testers, European testers will be given access to the very latest version of the game. Beta testers worldwide will forthwith be notified by email about upcoming game patches and updates, which will be made available simultaneously to players on all three continents. And while the English version of the game will be the first offered to players, localised French and German versions will soon be introduced to the testing process.

Hand in hand with this new phase of the closed beta, Blizzard has started the new official European forums for beta testers of the upcoming title. While the English version are currently the only forums to see any activity, the bulletin boards are a place for testers to keep up to speed with the latest news regarding the long-awaited title. Blizzard has assured testers that the bilingual forums will be made available in conjunction with the German and French version rollouts.

According to different sources on the internet, the World of Warcraft beta is going extremely well, and the game is expected to ship before the end of the year. Stay tuned to IMG as we'll bring you the latest developments on the new title; meanwhile, fans wanting to get their hands on the new game as soon as it ships should head over to the IMG Store to pre-order their very own copy:

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Mac Games News for Monday, October 4, 2004

Aspyr Announces Men of Valor8:20 AM
Bridge Construction Set Contest Underway8:20 AM
The Gamesome Mac Talks with Myst IV Producer Genevieve Lord8:20 AM
 
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