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Friday, July 20, 2001
Mac WWII Online Update, AltiVec Info
3:37 PM | Michael Eilers | Comment on this story

The official forums for the massively-multiplayer online title World War II Online were recently updated with a post by "Hoss" (a member of the Cornered Rat Software team) providing an update on the Mac binary of this game. A patch which will bring the PC version of the game, released just over a month ago, to version 1.20. According to Hoss, this is also the same version that the Mac version will be when it ships, which should be within the next two weeks.

He also responded to the numerous requests for a G4/AltiVec optimized version of the game, an option many Mac beta testers have begged for as a way to improve performance; unfortunately this seems to be an impossibility. Here is an excerpt:

Releasing the mac and 1.2 at the same time isn't even an option-- 1.2 will be a patch, the mac version will be retail. Setting up a retail release means *physical* boxes, and that takes time. Once we know *for certain* when it's going to be in stores, we'll let you know.

Why don't I answer questions on this board, especially about G4 and altivec? Honestly, because I don't read the boards very often. They become a HUGE time suck. So instead I just hunker down and work at stuff.

There ain't much in the code that will benefit from altivec in the near term, because altivec requires that data be in a very particular format. Getting our data in that format would not only mean restructuring our data, but also the program flow.

The number of actual Altivec-optimized games currently shipping is zero, so this is not a tremendous surprise. Watch for the Mac version of this game to ship in the next few weeks.

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