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Wednesday, October 4, 2000

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Mac Volition Q&A
8:46 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

With OS X Beta being all the rage lately, we decided to ask Volition's Mark Allender if their two main projects Summoner or Red Faction would be "carbonized." This would allow the games to run natively under Mac OS X. Here was his response:

There are currently no plans for OS X. When we started Summoner over two
years ago, we had considered it, but the timetable for OS X release has
changed. I don't think it makes a lot of financial sense to shift
direction of any development of Summoner (or RF) to OS X at this time.
Releasing any kind of software for a new OS always produces surprises.

Carbonizing the game isn't out of the question.

We also were wondering about how Red Faction was progressing on the Mac side. In past talks with Allender, he's noted that Summoner is moving very concurrently for all three versions (Mac, PC, and PS2). Here is his report on Mac Red Faction:
Unknown about the hardware requirements. The Macintosh version of RF isn't
as far along as the PC version right now. We are looking to get those in
sync quickly. The biggest thing to do is to plug the Macintosh specific
graphics layer from Summoner into RF and that will make up about 90% of the
missing ground.

This is not the case with Summoner. Both the PC and Macintosh versions of
Summoner are at the same stage.

This is very good news for Mac fans, who love to have simultaneous releases. Summoner is currently set to be released for the Playstation 2 later this month and this Winter for Mac and PC; the delay will be fruitful, as Volition will use the time to insert online multiplayer code. Red Faction should be out for all three platforms in the first half of next year. A big thanks to Mark for answering our questions, and doing such great work to keep these titles headed towards the Mac platform. Watch for Mark in our Forums, he shows up occasionally; he also can be reached on the Apple Mac Devlist.

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Summoner Web Site
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