On the LithTech Engine
11:55 AM | Michael Eilers | Comment on this story
One of the more quiet revolutions taking place in the Mac games market is the slowly-increasing number of cross-platform game engines that will make future ports require much less effort, and make simultaneous releases the rule, rather than the exception. Westlake's initial effort to port the Unreal engine to Mac OS has borne fruit as quick ports of Unreal Tournament, Klingon Honor Guard, Deus Ex and soon Rune; id Software's effort to make the Quake 3 Arena engine cross-platform will help bring Heavy Metal F.A.K.K 2 and possibly Star Trek Voyager: Elite Force to our platform.
There is a third engine in the works which will be cross-platform for the Mac OS as well, and it is gaining momentum in the PC arena as a flexible, extensible "game operating system" licensed for dozens of upcoming titles. LithTech 2.1 is the creation of Monolith, and began as the base engine behind the shooter Shogo: Mobile Armored Division (featured in the screen shot.) As we have been reporting for some time, European developer Hyperion Software is bringing Shogo to the Mac OS, and along with it the entire LithTech engine -- and of course, as with previous engines, once the first port is complete, other titles will inevitably follow. A feature posted on Computer Games Online provides extensive details on this engine and its applications, as well as the following excerpt relevant to Mac gaming:
LithTech Inc. intends to bring the engine to a variety of platforms. The company currently develops and maintains LithTech for the Windows PC, and is close to finishing LithTech for Playstation2. Hyperion Studios is making a port of the engine for Linux, MacOS, and BeOS.Read the rest of this feature for many more details on this engine. The LithTech engine is the basis of many future titles, including 3D0's Legends of Might and Magic, the James Bond shooter No One Lives Forever and KISS: Psycho Circus; this is no guarantee that these titles will come to the Mac OS, but when Hyperion completes their work it will make this occurrence much more likely.
Lithtech Engine Feature at CGO
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