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Wednesday, July 5, 2000

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Games Based on Unreal Tourney Engine
10:31 AM | Michael Eilers | Comment on this story

3D Action Planet has produced an excellent roundup of upcoming games based on the Unreal Tournament engine, as licensed by Epic and Digital Extremes. Why is this relevant to Mac gamers? Well, in case you hadn't noticed, games based on this powerful, flexible engine appear on the Mac platform with gratifying frequency; in fact, of the five titles listed here, two are already destined for our platform, and one is a "definite maybe." RUNE and Deep Space Nine: The Fallen are definitely on the way, and we've heard enough talk of a Mac version of Duke Nukem Forever to pencil this one in as a likely port as well.

One of our very favorite titles from this year's E3 is on the list: RUNE, of course, in development by Human Head and currently being ported by Westlake Interactive. 3D Action Planet waxes fairly ecstatic about this title, as evinced by this excerpt:

The setup is simple yet seductive. You are a maturing Viking out to find out the truth behind the mysterious events that have happened recently. As you proceed in the game, you will find a huge variety of weapons, ranging from a absolutely gigantic ax to a simplistic hammer (originally used to put that odd, um, ornament on your head, no doubt). Take note, however -- the weapons are all melee weapons! That means no cowardly sniping off someone with a bow or KFC someone with a magical grenade launcher. These fights, my readers, are for brave, brave men.
That is certainly the first time we've seen 'KFC' used as a verb. Regardless, all five mini-synopses are worth the read. As Westlake Interactive is the Mac developer with the most - well, let's be frank, with ALL of the experience - porting Unreal-based titles to the Mac OS, it is obvious that if any of these titles are due to come to our side of the fence, it will be by their services. Glance over this article and then Westlake's Projects list, and perhaps you can begin to fill in a few of those blanks. Just speculation on our part, of course.

In related news, 3D Planet has also cooked up a similar roundup dealing with games based on the Quake 3 Arena engine; two of the four titles here (specifically Heavy Metal F.A.K.K II and Star Trek Voyager: Elite Force) are scheduled to come to our platform as well; details about the other two are very sketchy at this point.

3D Action Planet Q3A Engine Roundup
3D Action Planet Unreal Engine Roundup
Westlake Interactive Projects Page
Gathering of Developers
Human Head Studios
Westlake Interactive

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