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Wednesday, August 15, 2001
MacPlay Status Updates
2:04 PM | Lucian Fong | Comment on this story

Although MacPlay has dropped back into "stealth" mode, programmer Bill "Burger" Heineman assured us that they are hard at work on the titles they have announced. In a brief chat with him yesterday, Heineman revealed that he is personally responsible for four projects: Heretic, Zork: The Grand Inquisitor, Fighter Squadron: Screaming Demons Over Europe, and a Mac OS X patch for SiN: Gold.

"All my current and future titles are both Classic and OSX," said Heineman, confirming MacPlay's commitment to Apple's new operating system. Zork, which was close to completion before being canceled long ago, has been augmented with Mac OS X support and is in the release candidate stage. The OS X patch for SiN: Gold is in final testing and will be released alongside a new SiN demo. Heretic II is a bit further behind and in the pre-beta stages.

Flight simulator fans will be glad to know that Fighter Squadron has progressed quite a bit since the build we were shown at E3. First, the OpenGL renderer was overhauled by Heineman, which naturally improves framerates. Networking has been implemented (but not yet complete) and will have GameRanger support when released. And of course, Fighter Squadron has also been updated to work in Mac OS X.

Heineman was unable to provide us with solid release dates, but seeing as how Fighter Squadron is in beta and Zork is very close to completion we hope that MacPlay releases them as quickly as possible into the eager hands of Mac gamers.


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