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Aspyr: GH3 USB Guitar, ETQW Nears Final Testing, NN2 Delayed
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 11 comments

Aspyr Media's latest newsletter offers a snapshot of progress on the company's upcoming Mac game titles. Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock will come with a Gibson X-Plorer USB guitar and will feature a mouse and keyboard play option. Enemy Territory Quake Wars is nearing the last round of testing, with online play against Windows machines working well. Progress on Neverwinter Nights 2 continues despite difficulties with the game's graphics engine. Finally, Aspyr has just started work on The Sims 2 Bon Voyage.

GUITAR HERO III: Legends of Rock
We've spent the last month adding extra optimization for the graphics engine under OS X, and making sure the game will work under Apple's new OS update, Leopard. The PC & Mac version will come with a Gibson X-Plorer Model USB guitar, giving you the full Guitar Hero experience.   We've also gone through the extra effort to make a very fun keyboard & mouse control option, in case you want to play the game on your Mac Book Pro when you don't have the guitar handy.

We've been working on compatibility with OS X Leopard, and tuning performance on the broadest range of Intel Macs we can.  The online part of the game is playing very well against PC's, and as soon as we polish up a few more optimizations and bug fixes the game should be ready to go off for the last round of testing and approvals.

The completely reworked graphics engine in Neverwinter Nights 2 has proven a challenge to get running well on a broad range of Intel Macs and versions of OS X. We're focusing on compatibility with some of the older Intel iMac video cards and Apple's upcoming OS X release, Leopard, and this has unfortunately delayed development on NWN2. We're unsure if the game will be done before the end of the year, but Aspyr Studios' engineers are busy working with Apple, nVidia and ATI to get the game running the best it can.

We've just started work on the latest Sims 2 expansion pack for Mac, Bon Voyage.  We are working as quick as we can to get this game on shelves, stay tuned for more information.

To read the rest of the newsletter click over to the link listed below.

Aspyr October 07 Newsletter
Aspyr Media (add to watch list)
Enemy Territory: Quake Wars (don't use) (add to watch list)
The Sims 2: Bon Voyage (add to watch list)
Buy Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock
Buy Neverwinter Nights 2


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