Wolfenstein Patch Clarifications
9:07 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story
Some readers have written IMG, concerned by the situation with patches for Return to Castle Wolfenstein. With the game's online multiplayer being a major selling point, any discrepancies in patch schedules between Mac and PC which might break the network compatibility causes major headaches for both players and Mac publisher Aspyr Media.
The most recent 1.33 patch is dubbed a "beta" patch, and a small snafu occured when the initial installer download was corrupted. It should be noted that the patch was quickly fixed by Aspyr, and as of now the current download being offered at Macgamefiles is the correct 1.33 patch.
IMG talked briefly with Glenda Adams, president of porting house Westlake Interactive, for any insight on a possible "final" version of 1.33 for the Mac. She noted, "1.33 is considered 'beta' in name only, it was fully tested for quite a longtime before being released. We are looking into some reports of slowdowns, although we haven't been able to duplicate them on our test machines yet."
Anyone experiencing issues (especially if your original download was corrupted) should attempt to re-download the patch from Macgamefiles and give the installer a try again.
Another cause for concern among gamers is that, according to a recent QuakeCon interview posted at LinuxGames, it seems there could be yet another, version 1.4 patch coming down the road as well. They talked with id's Linux guru Timothee Besset, who noted while there is no release date for 1.4, it is in the works, and " id intends to improve elements of online gaming for players, such as adding server and mod URL support within RTCW to facilitate access to server info."
When asked about 1.4, Westlake's Adams simply noted it's too early to talk yet about a Mac version of any subsequent patch. It's likely it might not even break network compatibility, but if so, you can be sure IMG will stay on the subject.
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