Targetware Aims at the Mac
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Targetware is a new company looking to bring multiplayer 3D flight-sims to a new level on the Mac and PC. Their first project due out this year, called Target Korea, will simulate the dogfights between the two primary planes of the Korean War, the MiG-15 and the F-86 Sabre. Targetware is looking to make their products much more "open" than the current standard, though, with all of the specs published so players can create and customize much of their content.
The physics engine for the game is being developed by Sylvan "sick" Clebsch, most famous for his Roger Wilco game communication product.
While the engine is flexible enough to handle a variety of games, Target Korea will its showcase title, showing of its power and expandability.
Here's an excerpt from the game's description page:
Targetware's initial product release is Target Korea, a flight simulator set during the Korean War. Target Korea has been designed to capture the essence of this conflict, using authentic terrains, air bases and ultra-realistic flight models for all of the antagonists' aircraft. Gameplay currently consists of aerial combat between the MiG-15bis and F-86F-30 Sabre jets, the preeminent airplanes flown during the war. More aircraft and more extensive gameplay will be available once the game is released.The game will have a flat fee of $10 a month, which includes both client and server software. This means you will be able to either jump onto an official Targetware server, or start up one of your own capable of hosting up to 250 players. System requirements are expected to be a 300MHz system with OpenGL hardware acceleration.
The initial beta of Target Korea will include two jets: the F-86F-30 Sabre and the MiG-15bis. After the game is released, Targetware will make available additional Korean War aircraft. Players will also be able to create and fly their own aircraft, as well as personalized skins, ground objects, 3-D models and terrains.
There are two very good interviews posted recently, which talk with the Targetware's Doug Peel about the project. SimHQ and Dogfighter have both talked with the Marketing and Business Development Manager about many of the specifics surrounding the title. The Targetware site also has more details on the game and engine itself. Target Korea is currently in closed beta, with the open beta expected to be released in around three months.
Targetware Web Site
SimHQ Interview with Targetware's Doug Peel
Dogfighter Interview with Targetware's Doug Peel
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