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Friday, May 31, 2002

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Elite Force II Preview at IGN PC
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IGN PC is featuring a hands-on preview of Star Trek Elite Force II which is being produced by Activision. This time around, the game is being developed by Ritual Entertainment rather than Raven Software, who were apparently too busy to take on another major project. Raven designed and developed the first Elite Force title, Star Trek: Voyager — Elite Force.

In this installment, the player is no longer limited to the Starship Voyager, but will be able to serve at Starfleet Headquarters and, ultimately, the well-loved, utterly familiar Starship Enterprise. Fans will rejoice to know that Patrick Stewart himself will be supplying the voice of Captain Jean-Luc Picard.

Here's an excerpt from the preview that gives some details on the latest addition to the series:

The team is planning a filling the game world with about a dozen different environments with multiple missions in each area. You're not just limited to the interiors of ships this time as the environments will range from ship interiors to swamps to deserts and beyond. There will, of course, be multiplay in the game as well. All the modes from Elite Force and the expansion will be brought over into Elite Force 2.

In addition to the normal cast of Klingons, Andorians, Borg, Romulans, and Ferengi, Elite Force 2 will include three never-before-seen races that will be unique to the game. They aren't giving out the names at this point, but we got to see one of them in action today as we were attacked by these lizard-praying mantis type creatures with long tails and scythe blades for hands. All in all they look pretty creepy, and should fit in well with the shooter.

Although there is no official word as to the status of a Macintosh port, the success of the previous title and the portability of the Quake III engine and Ritual's Uber toolset makes a Mac version of Elite Force II seem likely. Keep an eye on Aspyr Media, who brought the first Elite Force title to the Mac, for any information concerning Elite Force II.

Follow the link below to read the entire preview and even see a few screenshots.

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