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Aspyr Media, publishers of such fine Mac titles as Deus Ex and The Sims, announced at the Paris Expo that they are adding three new titles to their release schedule: the expansion pack The Sims: Livin' Large, the racing title Need for Speed: Porsche Unleashed and first-person shooter Star Trek Voyager: Elite Force. All three titles are due before the end of the year, and will expand the already amazing catalog of games available from Aspyr.

Aspyr has sent out their newsletter with details on these three titles. Here are some excerpts from their announcement:

Everyone has been wondering, what's next from Aspyr? Well it's time to
let a few cats out of the bag. Here we go.... These titles are
currently in conversion (by Westlake Interactive): The Sims: Livin'
Large Expansion Pack, Star Trek Voyager: Elite Force and Need For
Speed: Porsche Unleashed.

-1-Mac gamers have been wanting to know if it would be coming to the
Mac and the answer is YES! The Sims: Livin' Large Expansion Pack was
released a few weeks ago for the PC and has gotten some great praise
from the gaming industry. Maxis has taken the monster hit The Sims and
given gamers the opportunity to more than double their gameplay with
new objects and architecture, custom skins, new characters and a few
new "interesting" situations. Mac gamers rejoice, the Livin' Large
Expansion Pack will receive a warm welcome from the Sims in your

-2-Star Trek Voyager: Elite Force is the upcoming release from Raven
Software and Activision. It is the first game based on the Star Trek
Voyager universe. Star Trek Voyager: Elite Force pits players against a
multitude of Star Trek enemies, including the relentless Borg and
never-before-seen aliens in intense single-player and multiplayer
combat missions. Star Trek Voyager: Elite Force is the ultimate in
sci-fi 3-D first-person shooter action, using the Quake III Arena(TM)
engine. Mac gamers prepare to join the Elite Force!

-3-Get ready for a racing game that will rev your Mac's engine. True
to the award-winning Need For Speed heritage, Need For Speed: Porsche
Unleashed delivers mind-numbing open road racing experiences with an
extensive collection of cars from the 50-year history of the most
storied performance car manufacturer in the world ?Porsche. Push every
boundary to unleash the potential of these incredible vehicles while
weaving through traffic, against fierce competition, and escaping the
police to ultimately discover your own limits. Experience the thrill of
piloting the historic and future line-up of road and racecars in ways
only you could dream of. Dare to unleash Porsche's potential.

No official release date has been announced for The Sims: Livin' Large
but with Phil Sulak and the Westlake Interactive team working
double-time, I'd get your preorder in SOON, as in today soon. That's
right, place your preorder today for The Sims: Livin' Large Expansion
Pack, via our web site (www.aspyr.com). We'll also keep you posted on
updates of Star Trek Voyager: Elite Force and Need For Speed: Porsche
Unleashed. Preorders for these two upcoming games will be taken soon.
If we keep this up, you'll never leave the house again.

Of the three, the only real surprise is Need for Speed. Livin' Large is a no-brainer, considering the success of the Mac port of The Sims, and Elite Force for Mac has been in development for quite some time, begun internally at Raven Software -- it was only a matter of where it would finally pop up. There is an interesting story behind Elite Force, however; originally the Mac OS version was being bid on by several Mac publishers at once, and Aspyr snapped it up at the eleventh hour.

IMG has posted three in-depth 'first looks' at these titles for your edification, complete with screen shots and links to the official sites. Expect Livin' Large and Elite Force within the next several months; Aspyr notes that preorders for all three titles will begin in the near future, indicating they plan to ship all three before the end of the Holiday season.

First Look: Need for Speed: Porsche
Aspyr Media
First Look: The Sims: Living Large
First Look: Star Trek Voyager: Elite Force
Aspyr Media
Raven Software
Westlake Interactive
Star Trek Voyager: Elite Force

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