Mac game publisher Aspyr Media has posted details about its forthcoming release of the real-time strategy game Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds, currently in development.
Announced by Aspyr during January’s Macworld Conference & Expo event in San Francisco, Calif., Star Wars: Galactic Battleground utilizes the same core engine technology put to use in the enormously popular game Age of Empires, but it’s set in the universe of the popular motion picture series Star Wars. You assume the role of one of six different species: the Galactic Empire, the Rebel Alliance, Wookiees, Gungans, Royal Naboo and Trade Federation.
You must manage resources and upgrade your technology as you seek to overcome your enemies, deploying your military might in the form of X-Wings, TIE Fighters, Imperial Walkers and other Star Wars vehicles. In fact, you can manipulate over 300 different units in all as you wage war in single-player modes or multiplayer games too.
The settings for these battles take place in a variety of different environments from the surface of asteroids and aerial encounters, to submerged cities, according to Aspyr. And best of all, the game will include its own scenario editor, so you’ll be able to create your own battlegrounds, too.
System requirements are still preliminary, but Aspyr lists them as Mac OS 9.1 or Mac OS X 10.1; ATI Rage Pro or Nvidia GeForce 2 with at least 8MB video memory; 64MB built-in memory; stock G3 or G4 of 333MHz or greater; 4x CD-ROM compatible drive.
Currently in early development, Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds is expected to be released in April. You can pre-order it directly from Aspyr for US$49.95.