Raven Speaks, Elite Force Screens
11:07 AM | Michael Eilers | Comment on this story
Our Gamecenter Alliance partner Stomped recently went to QuakeCon in Mesquite, Texas, and came back with a beta copy of Raven Software's upcoming Star Trek-themed shooter Voyager: Elite Force as well as an interview with programmer Jake Simpson. While the interview deals mainly with industry issues and Raven's other recent release, Solider of Fortune, it does contain one item of interest to Mac gamers. On the subject of ports of this title, Simpson had this to say:
I can confirm that there will be a Mac port for Voyager. We are committed to that. We have said we wanted to do it. At E3 we had Elite Force multiplayer working on a Power Book, although we didn't actually demonstrate it. Recently we added some new code that breaks the Macintosh compatibility but it's not hard for us to be able to do it. It would be stupid of us not to. The Quake 3 engine is designed to work on the Mac. A Playstation 2 port will be done purely on sales numbers. If (the PC version) sells well, then they will look into it.As IMG recently confirmed, a Mac publisher has indeed been secured for the port of this title (Activision passed on publishing the Mac version themselves.) Simpson's comments are only more confirmation that we will be playing this title on our Macs, and soon!
Stomped has also posted a short preview of the game in question, based on a beta copy. More first impressions than an actual preview, this piece has four new screen shots. Here's an excerpt:
The game was developed by Raven Software and their reputation for quality and their experience with modifying id Software engines shines here. The Quake 3 Arena engine is used extremely well and Raven's own texture and lighting work give the engine a look that is perfect for the material. There isn't much new information here, but it is yet another perspective on this upcoming shooter. As soon as we can announce the publisher and a ship date, we will bring you more details on Mac Elite Force.
Storywise, the game feels like something straight out of a TV episode, and that's a good thing. Voyager is sent to a Sargasso Sea in space where the ship's Hazard Team (the Elite Force of the title) is recruited to help Voyager get out of their situation. The ships vary from the Voyager itself to several different alien (and one other Federation) ships.
Jake Simpson Interview at Stomped
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