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Wednesday, August 22, 2001

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MacPlay to Publish Aliens vs Predator
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As with our announcement that DS9: The Fallen had shipped, the following information seems almost surreal -- a story which we anticipating writing over a year ago, and yet is now finally being committed to publication. Aliens vs Predator has been a lost and wondering soul in the Mac gaming pantheon, orphaned by the collapse of Logicware and 20th Century Fox's publication department and delayed by seemingly insurmountable technical issues. It is only fitting that the resurrected MacPlay in turn revitalizes this game which so many Mac gamers have declared "dead," and brings it not only to Mac OS 9 but to OS X as well.

MacPlay's new PR person Andrew Hoolan just fired off this missive:

MacPlay, answering the rising demand in
Mac gaming, has recently acquired Aliens versus Predator Gold Edition, one
of the most frequently requested titles for the platform. The product is
scheduled to be available September 21, 2001 on the Mac OS X and Mac OS 9

Based on the popular and terrifying Fox film sagas, Aliens and Predator,
Aliens versus Predator Gold Edition pits three of the deadliest species
against each other in a bloodthirsty battle for the ultimate prize of
survival. Players take their stand as a Colonial Marine, a Predator, or an
Alien as they stalk their way through some of the most chillingly detailed
futuristic environments ever seen on a Mac. The game includes the Millennium
Expansion Pack, an enhanced version of the original game that contains new
levels and weapons.

The highly acclaimed game garnered ratings of 9 out of 10 from Happy Puppy
and Sharky Extreme, as well as 4 out of 5 from Thresh's Firing Squad and
Computer Games Online. The game even prompted to say "Do not
play this game at night... unless you wanna have nightmares."

"We listened to the Macintosh gaming community when we pursued the rights to
Aliens versus Predator," said Mark Cottam, President of MacPlay. "We're
excited to partner with Fox Interactive to bring the best in computer gaming
to the Macintosh and are fully committed to our loyal customer base."

MacPlay is also offering visitors to their website an opportunity to take advantage of MacPlay's
worldwide preorder special. The offer allows customers within the U.S. who
preorder Aliens versus Predator Gold Edition, at the introductory price of
$24.99, to receive free shipping and handling, while a minimal charge of $15
will be applied to all international customers.

Aliens versus Predator Gold Edition


  • 3 different species: Each with different strengths, weapons,
    physical abilities and objectives
  • Over 40 different levels in environments including Spaceships, Alien
    Temples and Underground Caverns
  • Deformable Environments
  • 10 Multiplayer Modes
  • Particle and Dynamic Systems
  • Hyper Advanced Artificial Intelligence
  • Total freedom of movement
  • Dynamic lighting
The path from Logicware to MacPlay is actually quite direct and logical; former Logicware founder Bill "Burger" Heineman was behind the original port of AvP; he now works for both United Developers and Mumbo Jumbo, whose products are published under the MacPlay label.

We've inquired as to whether there will be a demo for this title. We have linked to our preview of AvP, but it was posted so long ago that it is in the "old" static HTML content system, and is full of broken links. In any case detailed information and screen shots should be available on the MacPlay site in the future.

Preview: Aliens Vs. Predator
Long-running Thread on the AvP Publishing Controversy
Aliens vs Predator Web Site
Fox Interactive
Aliens vs. Predator: Gold

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