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Summoner PC Test/Demo, No Mac Version
11:09 AM | Michael Eilers | Comment on this story

Over the weekend THQ and Volition released a playable demo of the console RPG Summoner; unfortunately this demo was for PC only, although a Mac OS version of the game is coming for certain via Graphsim. We contacted Mark Allender of Volition, always a ready source of information, for an explanation as to why Mac users were left out of the loop.

His response is a familiar one -- essentially, the PC 'demo' is actually a test release designed to ferret out video and sound card driver issues. As the Mac platform has a much smaller pool of hardware available in those categories, they didn't see a need for a Mac test version. Here is Mark's reply:

Unfortunately we will not be releasing a public demo (or beta) for the
Macintosh version. One of the primary reasons for the PC demo release is to
test card compatibility for the PC version. Since the Macintosh has much
less of this type of problem, there was little incentive to do the Macintosh
version in the sense that we don't need to gather the type of data for the
Macintosh that we do on the PC. I hope that makes sense.
It certainly does, but it also does little to assuage our disappointment. In any case we hope that Volition reconsiders their position once the game is complete and releases a Mac demo, as gamers do love to try before they buy. We expect the PC demo will generate many reviews and reports from PC news sites, so we'll be sure to bring you the details. For more information on Summoner, visit the official web site or take a trip through IMG's news archives for our many reports on this title.

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