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Tamte Announces 'Destineer Studios' and 'Bold' Mac Label
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After nearly a year of silence, former MacSoft and Bungie exec Peter Tamte has revealed the name of his new company, Destineer Studios. This will be a full-time gaming company dedicated to bringing original, multiplatform games to the market. In addition to this --and as it was announced at last year's Macworld New York expo-- the company will also be working closely with Microsoft to port many of their most popular titles to the Mac platform. This includes games like Age of Empires 2, Links 2002, and more.

All of the MS games will be published under the Bold label, and it sounds like more info should be available soon (likely Macworld again). Here's the press release with more:

June 11, 2001 – Its name has been a secret ever since the creation of this new games company was announced during Steve Jobs’ Macworld Expo keynote last July. The company is now ready to announce that it will call itself “Destineer.”

Destineer™ was created by Peter Tamte, who was executive vice president of Bungie Software Products until Bungie was acquired by Microsoft last year. Before Bungie, he managed worldwide consumer marketing for Steve Jobs at Apple Computer and created MacSoft, the leading Macintosh consumer software publisher.

Destineer is creating next-generation original games for Windows, Macintosh and videogame consoles using a proprietary 3D technology that it is developing internally. Additionally, the company is bringing many of Microsoft’s most popular games to the Macintosh, including Age of Empires II ™, Links 2002 ™, and Flight Simulator 2002™.

The company’s original content will be marketed under the label “Destineer Studios.” Each of the games the company converts to the Macintosh from Windows will be marketed under a new label created by the company, called “Bold™.”

According to Peter Tamte, “Destineer is all about adventure. We hope playing our games will give people the exhilaration of discovering something new. We’ve had a team of engineers and artists building our own 3D engine since January to make sure our original games look and play differently than other games.”

The Macintosh label is explained by saying, “Bold, on the other hand, has a very different mission. Age of Empires II, Links, Flight Simulator, and other Microsoft games are some of the most import and popular games ever created, and Microsoft has many more games like these coming. Microsoft is interested in making sure their games are available on the Macintosh, and we want to give users ‘Mac-in-tized’ versions of these great games.”

Destineer intends to announce ship dates for some of its Macintosh titles shortly. Its original content will be unveiled in 2002. The Web site will be running in late July.

Well, after months of speculation, it seems there is more good news for Mac gamers. While the Microsoft ports should certainly prove popular, it will be even more interesting to see what 3D adventure creations Destineer will come up with. We should have more on Destineer and Tamte later in the week, so be sure to stay tuned to IMG as more on the company is revealed.

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