Myth III to use GameSpy for Multiplayer
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Since the day Myth III: The Wolf Age was announced, fans of this series have been wondering how the netplay portion of the game -- a critical element of the success and popularity of the titles -- will be implemented. The previous Myth games each had their own server (known as Bungie.net) and interface, and recently the Myth II server completed its move to the Microsoft campus in Redmond, WA. Microsoft owns Bungie.net but Take Two owns the Myth series -- a curious situation indeed.
However a solution has appeared, and in retrospect it seems quite obvious. Popular PC game connection service GameSpy will provide the server matching service for the game. Although the GameSpy client is currently PC-only, the game has an extensible toolkit which has already been used to create one Mac OS GameSpy browser for the game 4x4 Evolution. Thus this same toolkit will be used to provide Mac users with a way to connect to servers and chat with online opponents. Here is the press release:
Computer and video game publisher GodGames, Mike Donges confirmed that the Mac browser would be in-game, and we've asked him for further details on how this will be implemented. In any case the inclusion on the GameSpy browser on the PC side will certainly increase the exposure of this title over the proprietary Bungie.net service, so there will certainly be many opponents (and teammates) to choose from once this game launches.
MumboJumbo and GameSpy Industries Team Up for Myth III: The Wolf Age
a subsidiary of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ-TTWO), along with
developer MumboJumbo today announced that GameSpy Industries, the leading provider
of consumer online entertainment and technologies to the games industry, will
provide multiplayer support for "Myth III: The Wolf Age." The game is the third
installment of the critically-acclaimed Myth franchise, and is set for release
on Mac and PC in November 2001.
"GameSpy's technology allows us to focus on 'Myth III''s modern graphics engine
and gameplay," said Mike Donges, Executive Producer at MumboJumbo. "GameSpy has
everything that we need to expand multiplayer gaming beyond what was achievable
in the previous Myth titles."
When "Myth III: The Wolf Age" ships, gamers may utilize GameSpy to play online
right out of the box, battling against friends on specialized netplay maps.
The online portion of the game includes multiplayer modes like Capture the Flag,
Territories, Steal the Bacon, and Assault. In addition, gamers may team up with
friends to play the single-player game cooperatively.
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