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Friday, May 18, 2001
 

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E3: World War II Online Update, June 6 Release
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Yesterday afternoon, we had a chance to chat with Playnet.com's Fredrik "Cuda" Wallenberg about the status of the Mac version of World War II Online. As we discovered immediately, Fredrik is extremely animated and passionate about the Macintosh. It seems that he is partly responsible for pushing the Mac version forward and keeping it up to date with the PC code. Fredrik assured us that WWII Online is in simultaneous development and will not be a "port".


The Mac version has been in beta for about 3 weeks and should be in the final beta stages within a few weeks. Fredrik has been rigorously testing the beta on his own PowerMac G4/533 with GeForce2 MX. He told us that the developer, Cornered Rat Software, is shooting for playability an iMac, but no promises are being made. It's probably safe to assume that a Rage 128 graphics card will be the minimum.


Fredrik surprised us with the announcement that both Mac and PC versions of World War II Online will be released on June 6. The Blitzkrieg theater will be the first war zone available, along with a handful of tanks, aircraft, weapons, and other vehicles. Game peripherals, such as joysticks and throttles, will be supported through Apple's Input Sprocket technology. Fredrik's talks with Saitek have been very positive, though support from other companies (Thrustmaster, CH Products) has not been finalized.


Our conversation with Fredrik ended with a discussion about Mac OS X compatibility. Cornered Rat is definitely interested in making WWII Online OS X compatible, but they have their plate full right now with completing the game and providing full support when it is released. Also, the networking and input API's for OS X have not been made public to all developers yet, but that should be cleared up at the Worldwide Developers Conference next week. When asked about the possibility about showcasing the game at MacWorld New York to a Mac-centric crowd, Fredrik was very receptive and told us he would look into it.

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