October 16, 2017
Archives  News  Blizzard and Future Point  


Tuesday, August 1, 2000
 
Blizzard and Future Point
1:51 PM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

For those of you that are thankful for the quick release of a Mac port of Diablo II, ahead of Blizzard Entertainment's usual schedule, you may be interested in the company behind this occurrence. Future Point is the relatively quiet company that has actually produced the Mac versions of Blizzard's games. Members of Future Point include John Stiles, of Emulation.net and Skittles 2 fame, along with Anthony Tribelli, who occasionally helps out frustrated gamers on Usenet.

In a recent post, Tribelli notes how Future Point recently moved and became Blizzard's in-house Mac team, and the benefits they gained by this move:

In Diablo days Future Point was a little smaller and we were working on both Diablo and Starcraft at the same time. We are also now reaping the benefits of all the Win32 and DirectX compatibility code we wrote for Diablo and Starcraft. Diablo II was the fourth product to use this code, number three was Warcraft II Battle.net Edition. We are writing less and reusing more in this area. Finally, in February we became part of Blizzard, the permanent in-house Mac development team. Future Point had a great working relationship with Blizzard. We would move into Blizzard QA when a game entered it's testing phase. However it is much better to be permanently at the main office with most of the development teams and QA, to frequently visit the Blizzard North development team (Diablo) and work more closely with them, to have everyone working off the same source code, to be involved in projects at an earlier date than was possible as an outside contractor, ...
Obviously this also means good news for Mac gamers, who can now expect a port of Warcraft III to closely follow the PC version. A large thanks to Anthony, John and the rest of the team for their continuing hard work on making Mac Diablo II a great port. We'll bring you word as soon as the 1.03 patch becomes available to the public.

Blizzard Web Site


Other Mac Games News for Tuesday, August 1, 2000

Deus Ex Demo Released6:51 PM
Deus Ex Demo Coming Tonight3:44 PM
The Sims 1.1.1 Patch Released2:09 PM
• Blizzard and Future Point1:51 PM
Unreal Tourney PC at 4251:35 PM
Graeme talks to MacCentral12:00 PM
Marathon InputSprockets11:56 AM
Update on id11:50 AM
Summoner Screen Shots11:10 AM
Hands-on Black & White11:05 AM
New Red Faction Movie10:58 AM
Bungie.net Update, Future10:13 AM
Mac FAKK2 Status10:08 AM
HappyGear Released9:44 AM
 
View all of the Mac games news for Tuesday, August 1, 2000 on one page

Mac Games News for Monday, July 31, 2000

Radeon Review at GameCenter6:53 PM
World Sports Cars Closer to Mac?5:15 PM
MacNN Checks Out Cro-Mag Rally3:24 PM
Voodoo5 Shipping Date3:07 PM
On the DS9 Demo12:27 PM
Neverwinter Nights Update12:04 PM
More Elite Force Details11:52 AM
Sims Creator Q&A11:45 AM
New Tribes 2 Movie11:19 AM
Masters of Orion III Interview11:11 AM
Deus Ex 1.0.1 Update Released11:05 AM
Mac AvP Source Code Plans11:05 AM
Devine Interview on Q3:TA11:01 AM
Rocket Arena UT Released10:53 AM
FAKK2 for PC is Gold10:40 AM
Deus Ex Demo Delay Details10:35 AM
 
View all of the Mac games news for Monday, July 31, 2000 on one page


Recent Mac Games News

Friday, July 28, 2000
Thursday, July 27, 2000
Wednesday, July 26, 2000
Tuesday, July 25, 2000
Monday, July 24, 2000


Search for other Mac games news stories or browse our Mac Games News Archive.



Archives  News  Blizzard and Future Point