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Wednesday, June 12, 2002
Neverwinter Nights PC Gold, Mac News
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Yesterday Infogrames announced that the PC version of Bioware's Neverwinter Nights is gold and should be shipping to retail stores under the Atari label before the end of the June. So what about the Mac version?

A reliable source that wished to remain anonymous told IMG that an announcement regarding the Mac version will likely be made today. The source would not provide any other details beyond that. So stay tuned, hopefully we'll be bring the announcement sometime later on in the day (pending approval) regarding Neverwinter Nights Mac. And trust us, it'll be good!

There's been a lot of confusion regarding Neverwinter Nights on the Mac. While Bioware early on in development intended the game to be a hybrid CD (PC, Linux, and Mac) all in one box, that all seems to have changed when Infogrames bought the rights to publish NWN. Unfortunately, confusion still remains. Online retailers are falsely selling a "hybrid" version of the game that supposedly contains the PC, Linux, and Mac versions. Do not be fooled into buying it as only the Windows version is in the box! As promised, we'll have news on NWN Mac soon.

In the meantime, check out this excerpt from the PC press release of NWN:

"Finally, PC gamers the world over can breathe – their dream computer game is complete and only days away from their PCs," said Jean-Philippe Agati, senior vice president and general manager of Infogrames’ Los Angeles studio. "Neverwinter Nights has lived up to all of its promises – engaging and exciting single player campaign, a groundbreaking multiplayer component, never-before-seen user editing abilities and, for the first time ever, a true translation of the D&D® ‘Dungeon Master’ to electronic entertainment."

Neverwinter Nights redefines the electronic role-playing game genre using the fully-3D BioWare Aurora Engine and the Third Edition of the Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) core rulebook, published by Wizards of the Coast, Inc. The game contains an amazing 60-100 hour single player campaign that is also playable in multiplayer mode. More than just a game, Neverwinter Nights breaks new ground as the first complete role-playing system for the computer platform, allowing its players to step into the shoes of the Dungeon Master to tell their own stories and create their own adventures in the spirit of the exciting pen and paper original.

One interesting bit later in the PR is a note about the Linux client, which seems to be suffering from a delay in release:
The PC version of Neverwinter Nights will ship to retailers before the end of June. Linux gamers can anticipate the online release of the Neverwinter Nights server at launch and the client program shortly afterward. Linux gamers will still need the Windows version of the game to register at the Neverwinter Nights community site (http://neverwinternights.com) and to import essential game resources into their Linux server and game.
While this is fairly standard for Linux games, it may provide a clue as to Bioware's recent development status for the non-Windows versions of the game. Keep an eye on the page for any new updates we receive on the Mac client situation later today.

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