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Monday, January 29, 2001

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Tomb Raider: Chronicles at First Playable
8:19 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

The Westlake Interactive site has received an update recently, announcing their work on Tomb Raider: Chronicles. This game, which has just reached the "First Playable" mark, was actually announced for the Mac last Fall by Aspyr, though this is the first time Westlake has placed it on their project schedule. Chronicles is the "last" in the current generation of Tomb Raider titles, with the next series promised use a new graphics engine and to be 'episodic' in nature.

The big announcement with the PC version of Chronicles was that the game would include a level editor which would allow players to make new maps for all of the Tomb Raider games. We of course hassled Westlake and Aspyr about a Mac version of the editor immediately, and they even address the possibility of a port of the editing tools in the update (though nothing definite is known at this time). Here's the post in full:

Westlake is officially taking the wraps off development of the Mac version of the latest in the Tomb Raider series: Tomb Raider Chronicles. While this game was announced by Aspyr Media, at AspyrWorld a few months ago, we are now officially adding it to our project status page and posting development updates.

TR Chronicles Mac is at first playable, and has been a very smooth development, especially with Westlake's prior experience with the Tomb Raider series. There is no announced ship date yet.

To answer the burning question everyone has about TR Chronicles, the status of a Mac port of the TR editor is still undecided. We are waiting for source code for the PC editor from Eidos to review. Needless to say, Westlake & Aspyr understand how popular the editor would be, and we're planning to do everything possible to try to get it on the Mac.

If there was to be a Mac level editor for the game, it would surely be a huge hit with fans of the series. But don't think that Westlake gets the editor for "free" just because they ported the games -- often, editors are just as complex and challenging to port as the games they edit, and in some cases (such as when the editor was written in Visual Basic) a port is literally impossible. We'll keep you posted on the game and the editor's status.

In other Westlake news, their project releases page has also been updated with the status of all of their announced games. Here is a summary:

  • Monopoly Casino is in Final Candidate,
  • Escape from Monkey Island and Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2 have moved to Alpha
  • Chronicles and Centipede are at First Playable
  • Need for Speed: Porsche Unleashed is still in Early Development.

    IMG has published previews of many of these titles, if you wish to learn more.

    Westlake Interactive's Project Status Page
    Westlake Interactive's Tomb Raider: Chronicles Announcement
    IMG News: Aspyr Adds Three Titles
    IMG Preview of Need For Speed: Porsche Unleashed
    IMG Preview of Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2
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    Westlake Interactive
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