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Thursday, April 5, 2001

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Shadowbane Mac Version Assured
10:51 AM | Michael Eilers | Comment on this story

Yesterday we reported the alarming news that the tactics-focused online RPG Shadowbane was currently without a publisher after being allegedly dropped by Gathering of Developers. However our subsequent discussions with two Wolfpack team members has assured us that the Mac version of this game is completely inseparable from the PC version, and simultaneous development and publishing of both versions will continue.

While neither staff member would speak on the record, as they are most likely negotiating with other publishers at this time, both said repeatedly that they are 100% behind the Mac OS version of the title and wouldn't even consider separating its development or dropping it in favor of the Windows version. As we reported some time ago, Wolfpack's Chief Technology Officer is indeed a Mac user and will program on nothing else, so our future in this MMORPG is guaranteed.

In related news, several sources pointed us towards a thread on the official Shadowbane message boards in which Wolfpack team member 'Warden' (all of the team members go by their RPG character name) also voiced his support for the Mac OS version of the title. He explains how they have planned for a hybrid release of the title from the very beginning, which will be their strategy should they find a publisher less enthusiastic about the Mac OS version than Gathering of Developers was. Here is his post:

Our plan is to do joint packaging for both the PC and the Macintosh -- single CDrom that contains both versions of the client software, wrapped up nicely in a single box marked "Shadowbane for the PC or Macintosh Computers." This works nicely for a couple reasons; not only does it pushes both product versions out through a single distribution channel, but it also makes it hard to do anything BUT a joint release.
Although we were always confident of a Mac OS release of this title, the confirmation by three staff members that our platform is an inseparable part of their plans is certainly a relief. For more information about Shadowbane itself, visit the Shadowbane web site or read our many past articles on the subject.

'Warden' on Mac Shadowbane Plans
Past Articles on Shadowbane
Wolfpack Studios

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