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Monday, June 25, 2001

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Mac Black and White "In Progress"
3:43 PM | Michael Eilers | Comment on this story

Veteran readers of IMG know that this publication has maintained an upbeat attitude about a Mac port of Lionhead's unusual title Black and White. In fact, we've been covering the game since late 1999/early 2000, although we toned things down when it became painfully obvious that a Mac port of the game would be a long time coming. Once it became clear that a simultaneous (or even near) release of a Mac port was an impossibility, speculation about this title cooled until April of this year, when some comments by a small UK company known as Entourage sparked the flames of interest once again.

Even though Entourage promised more information "soon," it seems Lionhead themselves are the ones who have confirmed, once and for all, that Mac Black and White is coming. However, the news is both good and bad -- while a port is indeed in progress, we might not see results until late 2001 or early 2002. A report on the fan site LionGames confirms in passing that the Mac version is on its way; here is the update from Mark Webley of Lionhead:

  • PlayStation version is underway at the moment and we are expecting it to be finished within 2-3 months.
  • Playstation 2 and Microsoft Xbox version are also underway - being developed by Black & White Studios - we expect to see them finished (but not released) in June 2002.
  • The Macintosh version is most definitely underway and we hope to see something released before Christmas.
  • The Linux and BeOS never managed to get anywhere. We haven't necessarily given up hope but the publishers we have been speaking to about this are not too optimistic about the marketplace for selling Linux or BeOS titles. Black & White is a VERY big project to convert and I guess for some people the cost of converting it, is just too restrictive.
With this confirmation all the pieces of the puzzle fall into place: Entourage is porting this game, and their longtime partner Feral Interactive is the likely publisher. For more information on the game follow the link to a list of past articles on the subject.

LionGames Web Site
Past Articles on Mac Black and White
Feral Interactive
Lionhead Studios
Black & White

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