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Railroad Tycoon 2 Platinum, Mac Possibility?
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On Tuesday this week, Gathering of Developers announced an upcoming bundle which repackages the titles of the classic Railroad Tycoon 2 series into a Platinum edition with a very reasonable price. As it wasn't readily apparent that there will be a Mac version of this release, since Gathering of Developers divested themselves of all their Mac titles (to MacSoft) some time ago, we decided to do some investigation before running the press release.


We spoke with Phil Steinmeyer of PopTop, creators of the RT2 series, about the possibility of a Mac-specific release of this game -- after all, the original RT2 and the sequel The Second Century came to the Mac OS, as well as the bundle Railroad Tycoon 2 Gold. "It's unclear at this point. We're talking to a couple Mac publishers," Phil said. "It's not certain whether the game will come out on Mac or not. If it does come out on Mac, it will be a Mac specialist publisher, not Take 2 - Take 2 wants to let Mac specialists handle their Mac games."


At this point the "Mac specialist" most closely aligned with Take Two would of course be MacSoft, which took on the bulk of GoD's Mac releases and even a few surprises. However they have a very full plate at present, so the possiblity of another publisher isn't ruled out.


In case you're curious about what this game might be, here are excerpts from the press release:

High end computer and video game publisher
GodGames, a subsidiary of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.
(NASDAQ:TTWO),
today announced it will publish Railroad Tycoon II Platinum Developed by
PopTop Software, the exclusive special edition, which includes the smash hit
strategy-simulation Railroad Tycoon II, the critically acclaimed expansion
pack
Railroad Tycoon II: The Second Century, the official 200 page Railroad
Tycoon
II Strategy guide in electronic format, plus 50 new scenarios and a
soundtrack
with over two hours of original blues music, is scheduled for release in
August
2001, for a suggested retail price of $19.99.


"Railroad Tycoon 2 was the first of the recent string of 'Tycoon'-game
hits,"
said Mike Wilson, CEO of GodGames. "Railroad Tycoon 2's continuing
popularity
is a testament to its outstanding gameplay, and the broad appeal of trains
and
railroads to gamers around the world."


With more than 125 scenarios to choose from, gamers will test their
engineering
skills across continents and amid an ever-changing global marketplace.
Among
the new scenarios, gamers can tackle the Russian revolution and attempt to
smuggle Lennon across central Europe and back into St Petersburg. Or they
can r
eplicate Andrew Carnegie's feats in building an empire of steel using
monopoly
control of East Coast U.S. railroads. Global campaigns throughout the world
challenge gamers to re-create the greatest historical railroad feats with
over
60 engines from around the world, including the French TGV, the Brenner 412,
the
4-8-8-4 Big Boy and the Vulcan 240. The 50 new scenarios include a mixture
of
original ones created by PopTop, plus some of the best fan-created
scenarios,
chosen from over 2000 user maps created by RT2 fans since the game's
original
release.

While the status of a Mac version of this game is still up in the air, we're sure that it could not hurt to mail your favorite Mac publisher and suggest they add the title to their catalog.

Pop Top


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