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Thursday, March 1, 2001
 
Update on Westlake Projects
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Mark Adams of Westlake Interactive was kind enough to send us a huge update on the many projects this porting house has been working on. The project that is probably the foremost in the minds of Mac gamers is the Deus Ex multiplayer patch, and add-on in high demand. We are glad to report that Mark is personally completing the port, and is very close to finishing it:

Testing has been going very well on the DX MP patch. I believe the final PC patch (which is what the Mac version is based on) is due to be released very soon, and we're currently planning to have the Mac version ready within a few days of the PC release (just long enough to get a bit more heavy duty testing in against PC servers).
According to the Westlake Project Status page, the patch should be released in about a week.


Next in the queue are Escape From Monkey Island 4, American McGee's Alice, and Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2. These games all generated a lot of interest on the PC side, and that is just one of the reasons Mac publishers are bringing them to the Macintosh, through the services of Westlake. According to Mark, they are all progressing very well:

Monkey Island is very close to final, its really in the last stages of
cleanup and polish. Alice is coming along quickly, our work on Elite Force
gave us a lot of knowledge of the Quake3 engine, so that has helped. I
think we will hit a first playable version on Alice very soon. Tony Hawk is
just about to go into beta, and looks really nice. I'm still somewhat
addicted to it, and its nice to play it on the Mac. My person high score is
now 2.25 million :)
It sounds like Mark has been "busy" testing Tony Hawk 2, to say the least.


Last but not least are two more Westlake ports in progress, Hasbro's Centipede and Eidos' Tomb Raider: Chronicles. Centipede will be aimed toward the casual gamer/family market, and TR: Chronicles is the last in the series of action/adventure game featuring Lara Croft. Here is the latest word from Mark:

Centipede also is almost ready for beta test. I think its one of the better
arcade adaptations, it has a lot of the feel of the original but with some
cool twists.


Finally, TRC is a bit ahead of schedule, and we may start beta testing it in
the next week or two. I've been adding some little extras that we weren't
able to get into TR:TLR, like multiple monitor support, mip mapping (which
makes the levels render much cleaner in the distance), and EAX reverb for
the Sound Blaster Live! cards. I'm also looking at supporting the MacAlly
iShock II force feedback gamepads in TRC.

Wow! It looks like TR: Chronicles will have many goodies when it is released. It is very encouraging to see Westlake use upcoming technologies in their projects.


To top everything off, Westlake has begun working on an "Unnamed Project." Do you have a guess at what it is? Do you think you can beat Mark Adams at Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2? Post your thoughts in the IMG forums.

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Westlake Interactive Project Status Page


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