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Mark Adams on Elite Force Mac Status
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Last week Aspyr Media announced that this Star Trek-themed shooter would be coming to the Mac OS, and yesterday we reported that Voyager: Elite Force has reached 'first playable' status. Now Mark Adams, president of porting house Westlake Interactive, has contacted us with more information on this port in progress. It seems that the pace of development is extremely rapid, and Westlake may be able to skip the 'alpha' stage altogether and get straight to testing and optimizing this title. Here is Mark's update:

The game is up and running well in both single and multiplayer. We've
got all the levels working, the AI/event scripting, video cut-scenes, and
in-game cutscenes. We'll probably go straight to beta from first
playable, fairly quickly.
This rapid progress is most likely due to the cross-platform nature of the Quake 3 Arena engine upon which this game is based. Star Trek Voyager: Elite Force will be published for the Mac OS by Christmas.


In related news, fellow Gamecenter Alliance member Stomped has attempted to be first out the gate with a review of this title, which has just shipped in the last few days for the Windows platform. They were thrilled with the action and authenticity of this title, and hailed it as a rare gem -- a fun Star Trek title among many awful attempts. Here is an excerpt from their review:

The game's greatest achievement is the AI of the Hazard Team members. Unlike some games, such as Daikatana, there is no need to "baby-sit" your fellow Hazard Team members as they go about their various tasks. They follow the paths they are supposed to, respond accordingly to threats, and generally behave like you want them to behave. It's an achievement that couldn't have been easy to come up with, but Raven did it. They also managed to give each of your teammates a separate, if limited, personality. You actually care about each of your team mates, which goes a long way to making the situations Elite Force gives you seem more real.
For even more information about this title as well as screen shots, be sure and read IMG's own preview. Watch this space for more news on the rapid development of this title.

Westlake Interactive Product Status Page
Star Trek Voyager: Elite Force
First Look: Elite Force
STV: Elite Force Review at Stomped
Star Trek: Elite Force Reaches First Playable
Aspyr Media
Raven Software
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Star Trek Voyager: Elite Force


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