MacPlay takes Aliens vs. Predator 2 pre-orders

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United Developers LLC subsidiary MacPlay is now accepting pre-orders for Aliens vs. Predator 2 (AvP 2), the first-person shooter. The game has reached its Final Candidate development milestone and is anticipated for release in July.

Aliens vs. Predator 2 is a first-person shooter brings players to the Planet LV1201, where Aliens, Predators and human Marines vie for survival. Each species sports special abilities and equipment that gives them distinct advantages, while suffering inherent shortcomings that let others even the odds.

The game series, which features the characters seen in the popular science fiction thrillers of the same names, is known for its fast-paced action and downright scary sequences. If you're a fan of the original, you'll discover that each species has new abilities, too.

Aliens vs. Predator 2 features 21 single player missions in three interlocking story lines, as well as a multiplayer mode that lets 1 to 16 characters take on all comers in 12 multiplayer levels with varied game types like Survivor, Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch and Hunt. The game's engine, based on the LithTech Development System, supports 32-bit animated light mapping and other advanced features.

One of MacPlay's breakout hits of 2001 was the Mac release of the first Aliens vs. Predator. At Macworld Conference & Expo in January 2002, MacPlay announced plans to bring the sequel, AvP 2 to the Macintosh along with a bevy of other games, most of which have already been released -- the company fully intended to ship AvP 2 last year. Alas, serious development problems plagued the project, and MacPlay was forced to switch third-party developer affiliations. MacPlay ultimately teamed up with long-time collaborators The Omni Group to help get the project finished.

Rated M for Mature by the ESRB, Aliens vs. Predator 2 will require a G4/700MHz or faster processor; 256MB RAM; ATI Radeon 8500 or GeForce2 MX graphics or better with 32MB VRAM; and Mac OS X 10.2.5 or higher.

MacPlay is currently accepting pre-orders for the game, which costs US$49.99. Gamers who pre-order now will get a free action figure with their order.

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