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4x4 Update Coming, 'Treasure' Maps
10:54 AM | Michael Eilers | Comment on this story

Fan site 4x4 Garage, a great source of information and downloads for Terminal Reality's SUV racing sim 4x4 Evolution, has posted two news items of interest. Apparently there is a patch for both Mac and PC 4x4 EVO on the way, which fixes several bugs. Unfortunately, there is no date for the release, and it appears the Mac OS version will be delayed.


"Evan" from Terminal Reality gave 4x4 Garage the following update:

"Ok 4x4 fans. Here is the official update on the patch....
The PC version of the patch currently in the later stages of testing in my lab.

The patch WILL:

1. Disable the profile reset situation that people are getting.

2.Fix a bug in time attack that no one has found yet (or at least they haven't reported it). We found the bug in time attack a few days after we went gold, so I am glad we can squash it.

3. The patch will also have a little extra optimization for OpenGL and DirectX.


The patch will NOT:

1. Add damage

2. Display the loading screens when using OpenGL

3. Add any new vehicles

4. Add force feedback

5. Move the treasure chest on Construction Junction to a spot above the ground surface.

6. Change physics

I hope this information helps to give some satisfaction to a few of you. It will be released "when it is done", and no sooner. It will be marked as a "beta patch" because it has not gone through full compatibility testing - but I don't anticipate any problems.

For the Mac patch, our Mac guy is in crunch mode on another project, and has promised to get the Mac patch - with the same fixes as the PC minus the DirectX optimization - done as quickly as he can. I can't offer any more information than that. It will come, I just can't say when.

It does make one curious as to exactly what the Mac programmer at TRI is up to, as they don't currently have any Mac-compatible future titles announced; perhaps a patch for Fly2K is in the works. In any case, it looks like we will have to be patient, but 4x4 is quite playable and fun in its current unpatched state. IMG readers have rated this game as a nine out of ten in our user reviews, and no demo we've ever posted on MGF has had so many downloads.


In related news, you might have noticed Evan's comment about a "treasure chest." There are indeed hidden treasure chests on all of the maps in 4x4 evolution, each containing a small amount of cash ($2000-$4000). A serious 4x4 fan has put together a collection of screen shots which give you hints as to where to find these little bonuses. While they are useless in Quick Race or multiplayer games, they are a definite plus in Career mode. Be sure and check this out if you need a little boost for your virtual bank account -- let the treasure hunt begin!

4x4 Evolution Review
4x4 Treasure Maps
4x4 Garage
Terminal Reality
Gathering of Developers
4x4 Evolution


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