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Tuesday, November 14, 2000
Myth III Details
9:36 AM | Michael Eilers | Comment on this story

A recent article at Gamecenter entitled "Not Dead Yet: Eight Upcoming Real-time Strategy Games Examined" doesn't contain much of interest to Mac gamers, unfortunately; but it does contain a momentary mention of Myth III, the 'mythical' sequel to the popular Bungie series. Since this licence was acquired by Take Two Interactive as part of the Microsoft buyout of Bungie, not much has been heard of their plans for this franchise. This short mention doesn't contain any details, but it does confirm some murmurings IMG has heard from within the industry.

Here's an excerpt from this long article:

Take 2 Interactive has three separate RTS products under contract, including Bungie's Myth III, Rockstar's Wild Metal Country, and PopTop Software's Tropico. Myth III will again feature a fully realized, rotateable 3D environment and an intricate military component, two reasons why the series has been so successful with gamers worldwide.
While we can't even speculate what Wild Metal Country would be about (some bizarre clash of antithetical musical tastes?) this brief mention of Myth III might be enough to jump-start what is often claimed to be a flagging community. While the number of new submissions and downloads at IMG Network member site The Mill is still strong, Myth and Myth II does seem to be confined to an audience of hard-core fans of the game. Perhaps the emergence of more details about Myth III will light a fire under this loyal fan community.

The rest of the article is an interesting read, though alarmingly few of the games mentioned are destined for the Mac OS. Gamecenter's definition of real-time strategy is a little loose (we'd classify Tropico as an empire-building game) but they do cover a large number of games coming down the pipe. One interesting tidbit is their mention of the fact that there are three Sims games in the works from Maxis: Simsville, an online massively-multiplayer game, The Sims 2, a sequel to the original, and Sims: The Next Generation, another iteration of the Sim City series. Considering the popularity of both the Sim City and Sims titles on the Mac OS, one or more of these titles could be destined for the Mac OS as well.

No release date is given for Myth III, but we have a suspicion there will be more revelations about this project in the near future. What we have heard so far will definitely raise a few eyebrows when the curtain of secrecy is lifted.

The Mill
Take Two Interactive
Article on Upcoming RTS at Gamecenter

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