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Thursday, May 24, 2001
 

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12:42 PM | Michael Eilers | Comment on this story

Cornered Rat has updated the web site for the just-gold massively-multiplayer title World War II Online with some information that might come as an unpleasant shock to Mac gamers looking forward to this title. While the visuals for this game definitely hinted that the system requirements would be steep, some might balk at just how steep they are. The FAQ for this game was updated with these recommendations:

Macintosh OS 9.0 or higher (minimum system requirements)

G4/400, 256MB RAM, 16MB 3D Video Card, 8X CD ROM, 56K Modem w/Internet Access


Macintosh OS 9.0 or higher (recommended system requirements)

G4/400, 512MB RAM, 32MB 3D Video Card, 40X CD ROM, 56K Modem w/Internet Access

As you might expect, such a high bar to entry into this online world has caused some outcry in the Playnet forums. However, it is worth noting that the system requirements are fairly high on the PC side as well -- the reccommended hardware for PC gamers is a Pentium 3/600 MHz, 256 MB of RAM and a 32-MB video card.


Cornered Rat's Mac programmer, known as "Hoss," dropped by with a response to some forum posters who voiced their disappointment at the high system requirements. Here is his reply:

While the current macintosh version will *run* on lower end systems, I don't believe that it provides a pleasant gaming experience *at this time*.


I'm working on lowering those requirements. However, there's no gain in me under-reporting the truth of the matter.


Because of its continually-updated nature, you may indeed hear about the mac version requiring less horsepower within the first 30 minutes of "going live". But until that happens, it's my honor-bound duty to tell the truth about current system requirements.

The online, persistent nature of the game itself will allow it to be updated live as gameplay progresses, so future optimization is certainly in the cards. As the project itself is such an ambitious effort in its own right, fans should not be too shocked that the game demands serious hardware.


In related (and somewhat more pleasant) news, the Images and Media section of the web site has been updaed with new screen shots showing the view from a grunt-level perspective for the first time. If your ambition is to try out your FPS skills in the trenches, be sure and check out these shots from the gold version of the game.

World War II Online FAQ
Strategy First
Cornered Rat Software
World War II Online


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