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Thursday, July 20, 2000
MW: Westlake Updates
9:45 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

Westlake Interactive, the company which has ported many extremely popular titles to the Mac, has updated their webpage and revealed many of their secret projects. All but one "Stealth" project has been revealed, and it looks like MacSoft is again a major contractor for Westlake ports. Yesterday we noted MacSoft's announcements of many new games for the Christmas season, and now it has been revealed that four of these are being ported by Westlake. Hardcore gamers might be disappointed, as these games are 'value' titles which tend to be around $20 (and which sell many copies, because they appeal to a wider audience). Here's a quick rundown of the games:

Risk 2:

Westlake is very pleased to announce a new project, Risk 2, the computer version of the classic boardgame, to be published by MacSoft.

Risk 2 lets you play the classic board game, either single player or multiplayer over a network, and also has new variations, including a simultaneous-turn version.

Risk 2 has been a critically acclaimed hit on Windows, and been proclaimed one of the best computer versions of a board game by several reviewers.

Wheel of Fortune:
Westlake is excited to be bringing the latest computer version of the classic game show Wheel of Fortune to the Mac. To be published by MacSoft, Wheel features tons of new puzzles, graphics, and video clips featuring Vanna White.
Another recently signed project for Westlake, Jeopardy brings the latest incarnation of the original answer and question game show to the Mac. Thousands of unique answers (you supply the questions!), live video clips of host Alex Trebek, and some of the most challenging trivia imaginable.
Monopoly Casino:
Development has started on another Westlake project, Monopoly Casino (to be published by MacSoft).

Monopoly Casino gives you dozens of life-like casino games to play on your Mac, including slot machines, video poker, roulette, and blackjack. All designed with Monopoly characters and themes, you can hone your skills and try to win millions in Monopoly money!

If you were expecting Duke Nukem Forever, Max Payne or other such titles, you may have to look elswhere for signs of these ports, or hope they become future projects. At least with Westlake we can be assured timely and quality ports, regardless of the topic. Risk 2 and Wheel of Fortune are currently at 'First Playable' and set for release this Fall. Jeopardy and Monopoly Casino are still in 'Early Development' with the former coming out this Fall and no release date yet on the latter. The last remaining secret project is intruiguing; we have a guess as to what it is, but we will reserve that for now. While some may be disappointed that Westlake isn't porting more 'hardcore' games, this is actually a great opportunity for the company - 'consumer' titles sell millions of copies on the PC side, often rivaling or beating hardcore titles soundly on the sales charts. With these consumer titles, Westlake actually stands a chance of collecting royalties, ensuring their financial health - and that is a good thing, is it not?

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