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Friday, October 19, 2001
Giants: Citizen Kabuto Goes Gold
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It has been quite a week for "Gold" games, and now the first Max OS X-only commercial release joins the ranks: Giants: Citizen Kabuto, a unique shooter/RTS hybrid with gorgeous visuals, has been declared gold and will soon be published by MacPlay. With three radically different "races" and styles of gameplay, this solo and multiplayer title has been ported by Omni Development, staunch proponents of Apple's Cocoa API and OS X as a gaming platform. If Apple has been wishing for an A-list game to really show off their hardware and OS, this is the very game they were looking for.

Here's the press release:

MacPlay is pleased to announce that
Giants: Citizen Kabuto, the first game to be released exclusively for Mac OS
X, has officially gone gold. One of the most visually stunning games,
Giants: Citizen Kabuto will initially be released for the North American
market October 25th, and is being localized for a French and German release
later this year. To see a preview, a QuickTime trailer is now available on
Apple's Games web site at www.apple.com/games.

Giants: Citizen Kabuto, the single and multi-player masterpiece, is played
in real-time 3D. Battle ensues on a massive fragment of shattered planet
consisting of 30 separate islands. Gamers will play three very original
creatures, the Sea Reapers, the Meccaryn and the giant, Kabuto. All are
fighting for control of the beautiful 3D world. Originally published by
Interplay Entertainment, and developed by Planet Moon Studios, Giants
features innovative 3D gameplay. The game was declared one of the top five
games of 2000 by Voodoo Extreme, and was also Game Guru's Game of the Year
and Action Game of the Year.

"MacPlay is thrilled to bring a graphical marvel like Giants: Citizen Kabuto
to Mac OS X," said Mark Cottam, President of MacPlay. "The talented
engineers at Omni Group have implemented SMP (Symmetric Multi Processor)
support into Giants, which takes advantage of Mac OS X's symmetric
multiprocessing feature when running the dual processor Power Mac G4."

"Playing Giants on a dual 800 MHz Power Mac G4 with Mac OS X and a GeForce 3
graphics accelerator will be the best gaming experience one could enjoy on
any platform."

"Mac OS X is built upon an incredibly powerful, rock-solid, UNIX-based
foundation that features core gaming technologies such as OpenGL, QuickTime
and advanced networking capabilities," said Ron Okamoto, Apple's vice
president of Worldwide Developer Relations. "MacPlay's Giants is stunning
in every way and we are excited to have it as the first game to be exclusive
for Mac OS X."

Giants: Citizen Kabuto for Mac OS X will make extensive use of OpenGL for
spectacular 3D graphics, and will gain a noticeable performance boost on
systems equipped with premium graphics adapters. Giants is the first game
on the Mac to support the pixel and vertex shader capabilities of NVIDIA's
new GeForce 3 GPU, and deliver the ultimate Mac gaming experience.
"NVIDIA is pleased that this version of Giants will take advantage of the
unprecedented visual realism that is achievable with GeForce3," said Dan
Vivoli, Vice President of Marketing, NVIDIA Corporation. "GeForce3's OpenGL
capabilities on the Mac are a perfect match for this title, allowing the end
user to appreciate the ultimate 3D experience."

For more details on this game, be sure and read our preview of the title. The MacPlay web site is still accepting pre-orders for the game; it is unknown at this time whether a demo version will be released.

Preview: Giants: Citizen Kabuto
Planet Moon Studios
Omni Group
Giants: Citizen Kabuto
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