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Thursday, November 16, 2000

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Aspyr Media has recently sent out their November newsletter, packed full of great information on the upcoming titles they are publishing for the Mac. The three big items of note are that Star Trek Voyager: Elite Force, Livin' Large, and Sim Theme Park should all be shipping out very soon! Here's the scoop on Elite Force, the Star Trek FPS from Raven Software:

Duane Johnson and the Westlake Interactive team have once again worked
their magic. The gold master of Star Trek:Voyager-Elite Force was sent
for duplication early last week and we are expecting to have the first
copies available in our offices soon, to send out to our preorder
customers. That's right, just a few days left until Star Trek:
Voyager-Elite Force ships!
Also, as we noted on the first of the month, the add-on pack for The Sims has already hit production and should be out very soon:
Philip Sulak and Westlake Interactive have been busy, as Livin' Large
went gold last week and is also days away from shipping.
Keep in mind that Livin' Large will require the full version of The Sims in order to play.

Sim Theme Park is being produced for the Mac by Feral Interactive, and they've teamed up with Aspyr to publish the title. This sim game is just about to head to production, according to the newsletter. They've also released the system requirements for the game, which sound quite reasonable:

We have word from Feral that the game has gone gold and will be going
into duplication. Word on the street is that Sim Theme Park should be
ready around Thanksgiving time. Which means, there is plenty of time
to get your preorder in.

System requirements for Sim Theme Park for the Mac are as follows:

  • Mac PowerPC G3 or G4 processor at 233 Mhz (333 Mhz recommended) or
  • MacOS 8.5 or later
  • Open GL 1.1.2 (included)
  • QuickTime 4.0 (included)
  • 64 MB RAM (128 MB recommended)-with virtual memory set to at least 128
  • 150 MB Free hard disk space
  • Supported Graphics Accelerator with 6 MB VRAM (16 MB VRAM recommended)
  • 4x CD-ROM drive


  • Online features require TCP/IP internet connection at 28.8Kbps or
    faster. Players are responsible for all applicable internet fees.
  • Aspyr has also offered a quick update on some of the titles we'll see from them a bit further down the road, so to speak. Need for Speed: Porsche Unleashed is already in the hands of Westlake and should be moving towards a first-playable state soon. Escape from Monkey Island is also already underway, being ported by Jesse Spears of Westlake. And as we reported earlier, work on Tomb Raider: Chronicles should begin very soon. There is no official release date for any of these three, though Monkey Island 4 could be early next year, and TR: Chronicles shouldn't take Westlake too long considering their extensive experience with previous games in the series.

    Aspyr Web Site
    First Look: Star Trek Voyager: Elite Force
    First Look: The Sims: Living Large
    Star Trek Voyager: Elite Force Preview
    Aspyr Media
    Raven Software
    Westlake Interactive
    Star Trek Voyager: Elite Force

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