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Friday, October 5, 2001

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Earth 2150 Series Coming to Mac OS
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Thomas Steiding of e.p.i.c. interactive sent official word on their plans for the next big RTS series to hit the Mac, the Earth 2150 trilogy. Highly-acclaimed on the PC side, compared to the earlier 2140 real-time strategy games, Earth 2150 is actually broken up into three separate titles. The first in the series, Earth 2150: Escape from the Blue Planet, will be released for the Mac this winter. Two sequels are also planned for a later date, The Moon Project and Lost Souls (which is just now heading for release for the PC). Here's the full scoop:

e.p.i.c. interactive entertainment has signed a contract with Zuxxez Entertainment to bring 3D RTS series Earth 2150 to the Macintosh. EARTH 2150: ESCAPE FROM THE BLUE PLANET will lead the way and should be available for Macgamers this winter. Sequels EARTH 2150: THE MOON PROJECT and EARTH 2150: LOST SOULS will follow at a later date. More information on EARTH 2150 can be found in the projects section. A movietrailer will soon be available. Additional information on EARTH 2150 can also be found on the official Earth 2150 homepage.
For more on the series, a recent interview at Gamers Pulse talks
with ZUXXEZ Entertainment's Dirk P. Hassinger about the third title, Lost Souls. He notes all three games use the same Earth 2150 engine, but the sequels --while value-priced-- are not considered expansion packs so people won't have to buy ealier games in order to play. Here are some detail on the game's units:
What are the different types of characters we can control?

The three factions have very different units. “Eurasian Dynasty” has heavy tanks, armored helicopters, laser technology and nuclear weapons, but no anti gravitation. “United Civilized States” counts on Mechs (both 2 leg and spiders), several air objects and uses plasma weapons and shield technology. The “Lunar Corporation” has only flying units, can influence the weather and uses energy weapons. Each party can combine the chasis of each unit type with several upgrades and weapons, what enables thousands of different units.

While ZUXXEZ developed the first two, Lost Souls is actually being contracted out to a group of dedicated fans of the series. Check out the screen shots after the interview for a better idea of how the games will look. And stay tuned for more about Earth 2150: Escape from the Blue Planet as it nears release this winter.

Earth 2150 Web Site
Earth 2150: Lost Souls Q&A at Gamers Pulse
e.p.i.c. interactive Web Site
Earth 2150

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