Aspyr to publish Doom 3 for Mac

Aspyr Media Inc. on Wednesday announced plans to publish id Software's Doom 3 for the Macintosh. The game is currently in development for the Mac by id, and will be released in February, 2005.

"The ruins of an ancient Martian civilization have unlocked the secrets to teleportation and the Union Aerospace Corporation will stop at nothing to harness this world-altering technology. As part of a Marine detachment sent to protect the facility, your duty seemed simple enough -- until the invasion. Now, in an epic clash against pure evil you must fight to understand who is with you, who is against you, and what must be done to stop this nightmare from reaching earth."

Doom 3 is the latest installment of id's legendary bloody first person shooter series -- a line of games that has defined the genre. This newest game utilizes a new 3D graphics engine that provides levels of detail and lighting effects heretofore unseen on computers. The game, which features both single-player and multiplayer capabilities, is already available for the PC -- the Windows version went "gold master" last July. A Macintosh version has long been anticipated, as id Software itself has confirmed plans to make the game for the Mac. This is the first confirmation of who's publishing that Mac version and when it will be released.

System requirements for Doom 3 are unprecedented for a Macintosh game -- Aspyr says the game will require Mac OS X v10.3.6 (not yet available), a G5/1.5GHz or faster, 384MB RAM (with 512MB recommended), 2.2GB hard disk space, ATI Radeon 8500 or Nvidia GeForce3 or better 3D graphics with at least 32MB VRAM, and a DVD drive.

Aspyr is already accepting pre-orders for the game for US$49.99, and it sports an "M" for "Mature" rating from the ESRB.

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