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MWSF: Tamte Talks Destineer
3:28 PM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

Peter Tamte of Destineer Studios talked with IMG this afternoon about his company's many upcoming titles. The biggest of these is likely Dungeon Siege, a massive action RPG being ported right now by Westlake Interactive.

Tamte pointed out his favorite features of the game are its use of 3D as a strategic element, the fast-paced action, and of course, the full co-operative play. While the PC version uses DirectPlay, there will be Mac-to-Mac co-op play, which Tamte describes as extremely fun.

While there are more optimizations to be done with the game, Tamte expects it to have slightly higher system requirements than a game like Jedi Knight II (which needs a 400MHz processor and Radeon/GeForce-class video card).

Halo is doing well, though still early in development at Westlake. Tamte noted they are on track for a summer release still, and that the Mac version will be compatible with the upcoming PC title as well.

As far as flight sim fans are concerned, those looking for Microsoft Flight Simulator aren't completely out of luck. While Tamte can't commit to any sort of timeline still, Destineer is still committed to bringing the series to the Mac at some point in the future.

Links Championship Edition seems to have a slightly slower start than expected, but has turned out to be a very consistent seller, according to Tamte. He also notes even older titles like Age of Empires 2 are doing well for the company over the holiday season.

Be on the lookout, as Desinteer has very big plans for 2003. While they will have a few more Microsoft titles to announce before the year is out, there should be even more news to bring to you in the near future, so stay tuned.

Destineer Studios

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