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Friday, June 30, 2000
 
Clusterball Updates, Mac Info
9:24 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

The official Clusterball web site has been updated recently with some items of interest. Foremost among them is word from Daydream Software of the final release of this game [at least for the PC] on July 17. A PC preview release is also available now for play online or against bots on two levels, but this will expire on July 3.

We were somewhat disturbed by the lack of information available on the Clusterball website about the Mac version of the game, as this game has been slated for a simultaneous Mac/PC release for nearly two years. We contacted them in hopes that this had not changed; the good news is that, yes, there will be a Mac version, although we may have to wait for a while. We received this quick reply from Jan Phersson-Broberg, CEO of Daydream, in regards to the Mac version of Clusterball:

No dates yet, but it will come.
Jakob Nyman was even more excited to confirm that the Mac version was still on course:
There will be mac-version! As we are mac-freaks here at Daydream, we could never neglect the mac-community! We had to focus on the PC-version first (a question of locating resources, money and market) - but that does not mean that there wont be a mac-version.

So just keep the faith!

Great news, Jakob, we will! And we will be sure to bring you any new info we receive from the Clusterball team

Clusterball is attempting to be a unique offering in a number of areas. Billed as the first true online sport for the millennium, Clusterball involves flying a small ship around various arenas picking up small balls, non-lethal weapons and ammo. The balls trail behind you as you race to fly through a goal and score points. Your opponents are also competing for the same goal, of course, and they will be trying to knock you out of the sky to steal your bounty.

The payment system for Clusterball is also new, as they are going to attempt a pay-per-play system. The game itself will be free or extremely low-cost; instead you will pay for your matches online with microcharges. While exact details are sketchy, it should be interesting to see how this arcade model works for home PC users.

The music soundtrack for Clusterball is also available online at Toontrack.com. If you would like to check out MP3s of music from the game.

We will keep digging and bring you any news on the specifics regarding the Mac version.

Toontrack Music
Clusterball Web Site


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