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Yesterday we reported that Garage Games, a start-up created by ex-members of Dynamix's development team, was licensing the Tribes 2 engine and will be offering it to potential developers for a mere $100 and a piece of the "pie" if the game goes commercial. We engaged in a little speculation that this might make a Mac OS port of Tribes 2 itself more likely; while this much-anticipated tactical shooter was originally developed with a Mac OS version in mind, Sierra seemed to back away from this position as the game slipped behind schedule.

We've received more information from Rick Overman of GarageGames which both confirms our suspicions that Sierra did indeed abandon the Mac OS port of Tribes 2, and buoys our hope of a Mac port of this title. Here are his comments:

The mac platform layer for Trbies2 was abandoned early last year by Sierra.
That code is probably quite stale now and would require work to get it back
up to sync. GarageGames has no immediate plans to start work on the V12
Macintosh platform layer but would welcome any developer(s) who were
interested in undertaking this task. We are willing to trade off back end
royalty points to proven teams that want to contribute to the official
source code/technology base, and porting the platform layer would definitely
qualify. I do want to clarify that the porting of the GarageGames V12
engine to the Macintosh does not mean that Dynamix would automatically port
Tribes2, that would be entirely up to them. But having a V12 Macintosh port
would make it much easier and maybe more likely.
It would also make it possible for a third-party company to port and publish Tribes 2 as well, doing an end-run around a company that has been very reluctant to release Mac OS titles in the past. We'll keep digging for more information, but it seems that those of the Mac gaming community that wrote this game off as dead may have new reason to keep the faith. Check our article from yesterday and the GarageGames web site for more details.

Past Tribes 2 Reports and Articles
Mac Tribes 2 Update
GarageGames Web Site

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