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Thursday, May 24, 2001
E3 Report Uncovers Mac Adventure Games
11:15 AM | Michael Eilers | Comment on this story

If there is any lesson to be learned from a trip to E3 -- besides the value of comfortable shoes -- it is that specialization is the key, just as in the natural world. Darcy Danielson of Just Adventure went to the show with a single subject in mind, and in the process uncovered several gems that slipped under the radar of everyone else (yes, including ourselves). Not only do they have news on upcoming titles from Dreamcatcher and LucasArts, the report also contains hints of future MYST sequels, and some previously undiscovered companies laboring to bring us Mac adventure games.

Perhaps their biggest find at the show was the discovery of Arxel Tribe and their upcoming titles Hitchcock and Casanova. As you might expect, the first of the two titles is based on the films of the master of suspense himself, Alfred Hitchcock. Little is known about the title, and the web site is no help, but the Just Adventure article contains this description:

The biggest Mac news at E3 is the upcoming release of Arxel Tribe's Hitchcock, which will be published by Universal. We were able to get a preview of the game, and it looks absolutely phenomenal. The developers are using sets from Hitchcock's movies as inspiration for the background game areas, and extracts from Hitchcock's films are used as flashbacks. JA was told that the biggest reference used in design if one were to look at others in the genre was Blade Runner. There's no difficulty level, but the player gets a "psychic flash" if he/she is stuck in a gameplay area for a certain amount of time, which looks as though it will be a very clever built-in hint system. The best news of all for Mac players is that the anticipated release date of the Mac port is only two weeks after the PC release (what a relief if this pans out--can anybody say Beyond Atlantis?). Arxel also plans a Mac port of their upcoming game Casanova.
The report also reveals that Dreamcatcher (publishers of Riddle of the Sphinx and Traitor's Gate) has two titles in progress for the Mac OS, Beyond Atlantis and Atlantis: The New World. Beyond Atlantis should be complete in about a month. Let's just cross our fingers and hope that more of Dreamcatcher's future games (including Dune and Necronomicon) follow this path.

Darcy also spoke to Pan Interactive about their upcoming game based on the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series, and uncovered some gameplay details as well. According to the report the Mac version should ship very soon after the PC version is released; no word on a possible release date.

Be sure and read the rest of this report for details on the next MYST titles (IV and V are supposedly already in progress) and hints of future LucasArts adventure titles. Of particular interest is a quote from a LucasArts member who said the partnership with Aspyr to produce the Mac version of Escape from Monkey Island was a success, and they are looking into more arrangements of this type in the future.

Dreamcatcher Games
Just Adventure's E3 Report on Mac Games
Arxel Tribe

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