'Payback' Due This Fall, 'WipeOut 2097' Later
10:02 AM | Michael Eilers | Comment on this story
European developers are starting to become a larger part of the Mac community, as our platform slowly makes headway in that PC-dominated arena. Thanks to help from an IMG reader and German Mac site Games4Mac we've discovered yet another company who is converting Amiga PPC titles to the Mac OS. The name is Blittersoft and they currently have two Mac titles in progress.
According to the Blittersoft web site, two ports are in the works: Payback, a game similar to the very classic (and very controversial) PlayStation and PC game Grand Theft Auto, and WipeOut 2097, a futuristic 3D racing title. Games4Mac recently sent us an update on the progress of the Payback port, and the programmer working on the conversion seems to think it will be out this Fall. Here is their update; as English is not their first language, the phrasing is a little off -- but we are certain their English is better than our German:
As us the programmer indicated to the original Amiga version James DanielsWe've contacted Blittersoft for confirmation of this information. Here are some details on Payback itself, from their web site:
on request, the Mac version of the GTA clone "Payback" progressed meanwhile
quite far. The play that by Blittersoft
on the Mac one publishes, will be available probably thereby in the late
autumn this yearly for the Mac.
If you'd always wondered what it would be like to be a master criminal, then Payback is the game for you. It's entirely non-linear - to complete a level you simply have to obtain a certain number of points - how you get those points is entirely up to you; you can do what the local kingpin tells you, uncover secret missions or just go on a mad killing spree. There are lots of hidden surprises to discover, so you'll have to play the game through several times to find all the extras. As you'll have probably guessed, the game is inspired by Grand Theft Auto, but every effort is being put in to make sure that Payback beats GTA in every way. The game engine supports perspective correct texture mapping, environment mapping (reflections), bump mapping, realistic shadows, alpha-channelling (lens flares, explosions and shockwaves), 12 channel 3D sound and realistic physics. The game will also be translated into several languages.The game uses a top-down view of a real-time 3D engine, and features motion captured human animation, 3 huge cities to explore and dozens of vehicles to drive. It isn't know how Blittersoft is planning to publish or distribute this game, but we'll be certain to bring you more details as the date draws near.
Our thanks to Games4Mac for the heads-up; check out the Blittersoft web site for details on both games, or the link to Apex Designs for screen shots of Payback in action. Note that these images are from the Amiga version, not the Mac port.
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