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Wednesday, May 19, 2004

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BF1942 in Beta, Other Aspyr Updates
8:10 AM | Johan HansÚn | Comment on this story

Aspyr Media sends word this morning their much anticipated WWII first-person shooter, Battlefield 1942: Deluxe Edition is already in beta testing. This is great news for fans of the upcoming strategic online FPS, who can expect to see it released as early as next month.

The Texas-based Mac game publisher has also updated their project status page, revealing the state of development of some of their other titles. The latest changes let us know that the space based sim game Space Colony and the action filled first person shooter Delta Force: Black Hawk Down have both reached Final Candidate, meaning they should be ready to ship soon if approvals goes smoothly.

The long awaited expansion to SimCity 4, named Rush Hour has reached first playable and is also targeted for a release in June. The last update is that the recently announced space strategy game Homeworld 2 has reached alpha. Homeworld 2 is planned to ship in August if all things goes as planned.

Stay tuned to IMG for the latest news on Aspyr's upcoming titles. Also check out the IMG store for pre-orders on any of these games.

Aspyr Media
Battlefield 1942: Deluxe Edition
Space Colony
Delta Force: Black Hawk Down
SimCity 4: Rush Hour
Homeworld 2
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Sweeney Talks Next Unreal Engine
8:26 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Beyond Unreal managed to snag some time with Tim Sweeney of Epic Games during the recently held E3. The focus of the interview is on the Unreal Engine 3, which was demoed at E3 and has quite a few folks in the gaming community buzzing.

While the usual questions about poly counts and system requirements are asked, Sweeney also elaborates on the improved physics and character animation in the latest engine, noting that skeletons made up of several hundred bones are available, making things like articulated fingers and faces available. He also elaborates on "breaking strength":

There'll be more integration between hand created animation, physics animation and procedural animation. Now days, all our joints have breaking strength in them. So if you actually shoot a character's arm with enough force it will break his arm off and go flying. You can pull arms or body parts off characters nowadays. It has some sick possibilities, but you can do it.
Also commented on are the new level of physics detail, the capability for mechanized vehicles, and collision detection.

Beyond Unreal - Tim Sweeney on UE3
Epic Games

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Doom 3 Trailer from E3
8:10 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Gamers Hell has made the E3 trailer for Doom 3 available for download. Currently in development by id, Doom 3 is the latest installment in what has become a classic line of FPS titles.

While the trailer is composed of Xbox footage, it shows off the kinds of experiences that players can expect to encounter during gameplay. Most everything is draped in heavy shadows, and a number of warped creatures are shown both attacking and getting shot up.

The trailer is in Quicktime format, and is sized at around 67 MB. Several download mirrors have been provided by Gamers Hell for those interested in acquiring it.

Gamers Hell - E3 2004 Doom 3 Trailer
id Software
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Shadowbane In-Development Updates
8:10 AM | Mike Apps | Comment on this story

Shadowbane players may be interested to hear that the latest patch to the game, patch 3.0, has gone into redesign. Ubisoft reports that the details for the new patch will be revealed next week. Here's the full announcement:

The Secrets of Power content update, or patch 3.0, is currently in re-design and scheduling mode. We expect to announce the details of our upcoming patch next week, after the list has been finalized and approved by the Shadowbane Team. The older Secrets of Power listings in the In-Development section have been moved to a new section called In-Design. Items listed as in-design are approved game changes that await a permanent release schedule. More news on Patch 3 to come.
For more information, please follow the links below.

Shadowbane In-Development Updates
Wolfpack Studios

Mac Games News for Tuesday, May 18, 2004

Sony Halts Development On Mac Everquest11:18 AM
IMG Reviews Dark Horizons: Lore10:56 AM
IFTD to Distribute Virtual Grand Prix 2 in North America8:49 AM
Marathon:Resurrection Beta Patch 1.3 Released8:36 AM
IMG Launches Blogs For IMG Pro Users8:33 AM
Digital Eel 'Boiler Plate Special' for OS X8:32 AM
MoH: Breakthrough in Duplication8:30 AM
Simodifier Adds Character Manipulation Features8:30 AM
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