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Monday, July 23, 2001
Cross-Platform Development and MOO3
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QuickSilver's Rob Barris recently made two posts to the Mac strategic Usenet group about developing Master of Orion 3 simultaneously for Mac and PC. According to him, this third in the very popular series of strategy games is being developed for both every day, which cuts down on the game's bugs, as opposed to causing any slow down in their dev time. Here's what Barris had to say:

MOO3 is being simultaneously built on both platforms pretty much
every day, this seems to help. I very much prefer the co-development
route to porting. We especially notice this with respect to bug hunting
- there have been a few that were downright hard to nail down on one
platform, that are a turkey shoot on the other (and that goes both ways).
In a second post, Barris attempts to respond to a question about co-developing a game for the Mac and PC like this. While things don't always build nicely for both, he feels they're more often in the right:
It can be hard to get started. You need a critical mass of stuff
that works, and you need people that care about getting it working and
keeping it working. I don't have an easy way to measure the costs
and/or savings off the top of my head.

It is great when you get into the groove and feature after feature
comes up and works on both targets.. and there also times when that
doesn't happen - sigh. I feel we're far more frequently in the former

For more information on Master of Orion 3, head over to its official web site. The title will be published for the Mac by MacSoft upon completion early next year.

Master of Orion 3 Web Site
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