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Rise of Legends Revealed, Mac Version?
8:33 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Big Huge Games, the company that brought us the popular RTS Rise of Nations, recently announced Rise of Nations: Rise of Legends. Set in a fantastic world of sci-fi and fantasy the game is due out in early 2006 and will be published by Microsoft Studios. The game is described as a game that is focused on "a war between magic and technology".

Here's a quote from Big Huge Games describing the new game:

So… you may have noticed we didn't do a history game this time! RoN: Rise of Legends is in so many ways the spiritual successor to Rise of Nations, but the long and the short of it is we got excited about doing a fantasy game. Now clearly your traditional "orcs, elves, dwarves" sort of fantasy has been—shall we say—thoroughly covered in other games, and so the story which got us excited is one where the magic of fantasy meets a world of technology. So magic and technology collide, with cataclysmic results! As you take a peek at our first two unique nations you can begin to see the contrast: the industrial Vinci with their Leonardo da Vinci inspired machines and steampunk cities; and the desert Alim with their Arabian Nights theme—sandstorms, genies, and tall glass spires.

"Cataclysmic" is also a useful word to describe what we want to do visually—we've redesigned our graphics engine from the ground up because we want to make a game that gets our players as excited about our graphics as they have always been about our gameplay. The gameplay themes which players loved in RoN will be back in expanded form for RoN: Rise of Legends—national borders, cities, color-coded tech tracks, massive armies, and of course the open-ended strategic decisions of our "Conquer the World" engine. There will also be many new gameplay features that weren't seen in Rise of Nations. So come take a look at what we've been up to, and keep checking back as we reveal additional details about where we want to take real time strategy gaming next!

In other related news, Big Huge Games also announced that it will be using the AGEIA's NovodeX Physics SDK to drive all physics for game play and effects. This is good news for Mac gamers since NovadeX is currently being ported to the Mac and should be available by the time the game ships in 2006.

Speaking of a Mac version, IMG contacted Big Huge Games' Tim Train and asked him about the possibility of a Mac version. Here's what he had to say:

Unfortunately, we don't have any say over whether / when a Mac version of our game is done. That's all on our publisher. However, given that they did do a Rise of Nations version for the Mac, I'm hoping they'll see their way clear to putting out a Mac version of RoL as well.
MacSoft ported Rise of Nations to the Mac so the possibility of a Mac version coming out are good. We'll be sure to keep you posted.

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IMG Posts One on One With Glenda Adams
2:42 PM | IMG News | Comment on this story

Inside Mac Games has posted the 25th part in an ongoing conversation between old friends Glenda Adams, Mac gaming goddess and Director of PC and Mac development at Aspyr Media, and Tuncer Deniz, publisher and editor-in-chief of IMG.

Topics covered this time around include the new iMac G5, Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger, the upcoming DOOM 3 demo, and more. To check out the feature, please follow the link below.

IMG Feature: One On One With Glenda Adams (Part 25)

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WarZone Demo Shows Off Torque Game Engine 1.4
12:27 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

GarageGames has released Tim Aste's WarZone. The self-running demo takes you through an apocalyptic jouney through a war-torn future and showcases Torque's cross-platform development environment.

WarZone utilizes TGE version 1.4 features and third party Torque Tools and content such as: Torque ShowTool Pro, Torque LightingKit, Ragdoll Animation Pack, FF Digital: Urban Pack, Bravetree: Tank Pack and Tim Aste: Content Packs -all of which are available to purchase at

The Tim Aste WarZone demo features many built-in features of the Torque Game Engine, including:

• Rigid-body and vehicle physics
• Large outdoor terrain with multi-layered skies
• Object and particle effect system
• Dynamic mounting systems with volumetric lighting and particle emitters
• Full skeletal and blended animation system
• LOD manager, enabling large numbers of objects in complex environments
• Seamless indoor/outdoor transitions
• Multiple camera capabilities
• Scripted weather and environmental effects.

The Tim Aste WarZone Demo is available for download at the GarageGames web site. The Torque Game Engine is available for licensing from GarageGames at$495 per commercial programmer seat. Visit the GarageGames website for more information.

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Postal 2 Expansion Coming Soon
10:59 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Running With Scissors, the publisher of Postal 2: Share The Pain, announced that it will be releasing a new single-player expansion pack called Apocalypse Weekend. The expansion pack promises more shock with 20 new maps, 10 original weapons such as the Boomerang Machete, and new characters such as the Mad-Cow Tourettes Zombies. Old favorites including Gary Coleman, herds of insane elephants and the lovely Postal Babes will be in the expansion pack.

Running With Scissors told IMG that while the expansion pack will not include a Mac installer in the retail box, Mac gamers will be able to download an installer that will work on the Mac. The company has not priced the expansion pack. It is expecting to ship the expansion pack toward the end of the month.

Pre-orders for the expansion pack will begin at once a price is set.

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Aspyr To Preview Star Wars Battlefront In Austin, TX
10:16 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Aspyr will be previewing a beta of Star Wars Battlefront on May 20th at 7 PM at the monthly Aspyr game night at Apple's Austin store. Aspyr reps will be on hand to give a short demonstration of the game.

Star Wars Battlefront is an open-ended single player and multiplayer action game, which allows players to re-live all of the epic battles from the classic and prequel Star Wars film trilogies. Soldier types include standard infantry, scouts, heavy weapons and pilots. Each soldier has specialized abilities and the freedom to use ground-based turrets found on the battlefront as well as more than 25 diverse ground and air vehicles including the AT-ST, X-wing and speeder bike, and the massive Republic Gunship that can hold up to five different soldiers. The team-based action within Star Wars Battlefront is set in more than a dozen unique locations across 10 diverse planets including Hoth, Geonosis and Endor.

Star Wars Battlefront is scheduled to ship for the Mac in June 2005.

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World of Warcraft Upcoming Features Page Updated
9:57 AM | Franklin Pride | Comment on this story

Blizzard has updated the upcoming features page for World of Warcraft. The new content featured are the Battlegrounds, new camps, and a few new quests.

Player-vs-Player Battlegrounds: Players will have access to items and equipment by achieving rank in the PvP Honor System

New quests in Hinterlands, Searing Gorge, and Feralas

New Horde flight path and camp in Hinterlands and Searing Gorge

New Alliance flight path and camp in Searing Gorge

To view all of the upcoming features, visit the links section.

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MacCentral Checks Out The Xbox 360
8:49 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

MacCentral's Peter Cohen has posted an in-depth article on the Xbox 360, the next generation console from Microsoft. The new console, set to launch in November, was unveiled last night on an MTV show.

Here's a clip from Cohen's article:

The Xbox 360 is clad in a sleek white and chrome design that can rest horizontally or vertically. Equipped with wireless gamepads, the new Xbox is a far cry from the clunky plastic hell and tangled mess of wires that was the original Xbox. It’s about one quarter to a third smaller than the existing unit, so it takes up less space in your home entertainment rack and your carrying bag (if you haul your Xbox to gaming parties).
To check out the entire article, follow the link below.

MacCentral: Inside The Xbox 360

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Custer Is Doomed Again
8:41 AM | IMG News | Comment on this story

Brad Custer, IMG's resident desktop artist, has produced another fine work this week based on a nasty creature from Aspyr's popular title, DOOM 3. The demon featured in the piece is called a 'Hell Knight' and has at least one fan, according to Custer:

Doom 3 from Aspyr Media has been out now for a couple of months, but still remains to be one of the top requests in my email. This week I decided to honor those constant requests once again. I had a letter from a faithful viewer asking me to feature the Hell Knight shown on the box. So, with the help of Aspyr Media and my cable modem I was able to create this selection.
To check out this desktop or any of Custer's earlier works, head over now to his section.

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Mac Games News for Thursday, May 12, 2005

IMG Reviews iPoker2:16 PM Order 3 Games, Get Jedi Academy For Free!10:37 AM
Ritual Seeks Game 'Must-Haves'9:05 AM
Space Colony Sim Hydrothermal Updated9:05 AM
Blizzard Opens Public Test Server8:26 AM
Galactic Patrol Released as Freeware8:26 AM
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