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Tuesday, October 30, 2001
Mac Torque Beta Begins
7:53 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

David Chait, the programmer with GarageGames working on the Mac client of their powerful Torque 3D engine, wrote IMG with news that the Mac beta is now starting. Torque is the stripped down version of the Tribes 2 engine which is available for programmers to license for the very low cost of $100. Having a Mac branch of the code ensures any of the games released under the Torque license will be easy to recompile and run on the Mac.

In the update from Chait, he notes the OS 9 version is slightly ahead of the Cocoa OS X build. Other features like support for ATI's next-gen Radeon 8500 cards are already in place as well. Here's the full scoop:

The Torque Mac Beta is officially rolling out today. We're starting with a
reasonable, but small, beta test group which may grow a bit once we've
gotten through a 'first pass' on stability and compatibility. It'll take a
week to get everyone up and running and get the early feedback, but we think
things are looking pretty good. We're hoping to put it through it's paces,
fix bugs, enhance/add features, within maybe a 4-week period. OS9 is
definitely ahead of OSX, but not by much -- we're also hoping to find some
cycles to step back to 8.6 and check compatibility there... Additionally,
I've checked in early support for the ATI Radeon 8500 Truform (PN Triangles)
feature, including both OS9 and OSX access methods.

Oh, and there's the possibility that you'll see Torque around MacWorld/SF
come January, though nothing is locked in yet... I'll update you more if and
when I have specifics. ;)

Thanks to David and all of the other testers at GarageGames for their work on bringing this powerful engine to the Mac. We'll definitely keep an eye out for Torque at Macworld in January.

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