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Tuesday, September 17, 2002

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Heroes of Might & Magic IV Multiplayer Info
6:00 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

Over the weekend IMG chatted with Chris Jacobson of Contraband Entertainment about a recent multiplayer patch for the PC version of Heroes of Might & Magic IV, and how it might affect the Mac client currently being ported by the company. Jacobson confirms the content of the patch will make it into the Mac version, but while they use the GameSpy interface, the game depends on Microsoft's proprietary DirectPlay technology and will therefore break Mac-to-PC compatibility

Here's his response:

They use GameSpy for game finding only; Mac/PC compatability won't happen as they still use DirectPlay (unless they changed it again since the last drop I saw; we're awaiting final code on the patch, which is highly unlikely). We will be going with GameRanger.
For an even more in-depth chat about the current status of Mac Heroes of Might & Magic IV, Rocco "rogue27" Carello has posted a Q&A with Jacobson on his fan site dedicated to the series, Mac Heroes. The interview covers difficulties with the port (which includes the game's editor), working with publisher 3DO, and the demands of the title's completely re-written engine. Here's a clip:
Rogue: The requirements, especially video RAM, were rather steep for the Windows version considering that it is a 2D turn-based game. Is this something that is being addressed in the Macintosh version of the game?

Chris: Being a 2D game doesn't necessarily mean it will have lower memory requirements than a 3D game. Having many frames of animation for a 2D sprite takes up more RAM than a skeletally animated 3D model with a single texture. The game is VERY graphically intensive. On top of that, graphics are not the only use of RAM; game data, music, sounds, etc. all have to be considered.

Be sure to head over now for the full scoop on the game's status. According to the Contraband site, Heroes of Might & Magic IV is due out late this year, but we'll keep you updated with any official changes in its status.

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