Homeworld 0.5 Alpha Released
7:46 AM | Conrad Quilty-Harper | Comment on this story
Since Relic Entertainment released the source code for the space strategy game, Homeworld, a small group of enthusiastic Mac gamers have been eagerly producing a Mac OS X version.
Homeworld pioneered the introduction of 3D strategy games to the genre by providing a battlefield in space. Released nearly 3 years ago, no Mac porting houses chose to port Homeworld, though Aspyr has recently released its sequel, Homeworld 2, for the Mac to much acclaim.
Here's what's new in the latest Homeworld alpha version:
-UPDATED: now uses SDL 1.2.8 (SDL 1.2.8 fixes)Mac users wishing to play Homeworld on their mac using this alpha require a commercial PC version of the game, as well as a means to install it. Any version of Virtual PC with Windows 95 should allow installation.
-UPDATED: new icon which is more in keeping with Mac OS X styling
-FIXED: crash when third-party multiplayer maps are installed
-FIXED: trail rendering
-FIXED: widescreen resolutions and those greater than 1600x1200 are now allowed
(NB: there are some minor mouse pointer misalignment issues when using widescreen aspect ratios)
-FIXED: additional screenshot key, primarily for laptop users: [±]. (The key under [ESC], above [TAB] and left of [1 !])
-FIXED: alt-click no longer changes focus to your Mothership
(NB: alt-clicking of enemy ships still does not work properly. You should drag-select a box over the enemy ship, press alt and then release the mouse button to focus on them)
-FIXED: configuration file parsing issues
Follow the link below to download the alpha version and for instructions on how to extract the PC files.
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