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Monday, March 19, 2001

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Marathon: Rubicon Released
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As promised, the long-awaited Marathon Infinity "total conversion" Marathon: Rubicon was posted for downloading over the weekend. Featuring all-new textures and sprites, redesigned weapons and the longest solo game of any Marathon scenario, this is a must-grab for fans of the now-retro shooter. As many of the gameplay details have been discussed in our interview with the Rubicon team and in previous articles, we will just summarize the features:

Four years in the making, Rubicon is the is the largest Marathon scenario project ever created. To give some sense of the magnitude of this scenario, Rubicon features:

-360+ new textures

-Over a dozen new characters

-Tons of new scenery

-8 new weapons

-More solo levels than any other Marathon scenario to date

...all wrapped into a nonlinear plotline that can be traversed in any number of ways, featuring different endings based upon a player's choices over the course of the game. Randy Reddig, the texture artist and a mapmaker for Bungie's original Marathon Infinity, called Rubicon's visuals "...the nicest I've ever seen come out of Marathon." If you've ever played any Marathon game, Rubicon will reignite your love for the series.

There is some degree of confusion about the install options, so we'll try to clear things up: The Aleph One download is indeed a stand-alone game which requires no previous Marathon Infinity files on your hard drive; while this version doesn't yet take advantage some of the Aleph One open-source project's enhancements to Infinity, such as transparent water and animated cutscenes, it will do so in a future revision. The Infinity download of Rubicon does require that you have Marathon Infinity 1.5 installed. Grab either one and prepare for alternating waves of nostalgia and surprise. Be patient with the downloads, however; the FTP mirrors are under a degree of strain. We'll let you know when more mirrors are brought online.

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