MWNY: MacPlay Ready To Ship SOF2 and NOLF
12:29 PM | Patrick Leyden | Comment on this story
IMG staff at Macworld met today with MacPlay's Henry Price to discuss their company's latest offerings. The big news is that the releases of both Soldier of Fortune 2 and No One Lives Forever are imminent, with copies of SOF2 likely being available for purchase at the MacPlay booth Thursday. In fact, the publisher's whole booth design is an homage to this latest installment of the John Mullins franchise and the first version on the Mac...complete with camouflage netting & olive drab sandbags.
MacPlay's other a-list itles in development -Aliens versus Predator 2 and Freedom Force- are well into their respective coding cycles. While the engine for Freedom Force hasn't been seen before on the Mac platform & will require more development effort to realize the Macintosh version, AvP2's LithTech engine has already been ported to the MacOS which should lead to a shorter time-to-market for this eagerly-awaited sequel.
The other big initiative from MacPlay is their Value Series of titles. According to Price, MacPlay is "trying to expand the [Mac game] market" with this extensive library of titles. The first wave of these games encompasses eighteen titles for under $20 MSRP. These titles run the gamut from first-person shooters (Heretic II & Hexen II) to real-time strategy (Earth 2140, Knights and Merchants, & Majesty) to adventure games (Zork Grand Inquisitor & The Feeble Files) to classic arcade style action games (Jinni Zeala Pinball & Birdie Shoot).
Price also stresses that "we [MacPlay] really do look at the [suggestions] people write us," so Mac gamers should keep those cards and letters coming.
Ken Leyden contributed to this story.
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