Writing for Apple’s Games site, Ellen Beeman has a look at the online multiplayer combat game WarBirds III. The new article is entitled
WarBirds III Swoops Onto Mac OS X.
The long-running WarBirds franchise is legendary for its simulation of World War II-era aircraft of all shapes and sizes, from recon planes to fighters to bombers. Players join squadrons with other online players and help their teams to gain terrain by fighting in massive aerial conflagrations over land and sea.
Previous generations of WarBirds for Macintosh have used older, less taxing flat-shaded polygonal graphics, but WarBirds III employs hardware-based 3D graphics acceleration for a much more realistic look. WarBirds III is also the first version of the game to utilize native support for Mac OS X.
WarBirds III executive producer Jay Littman told Beeman that OS X enables the game to work faster at higher frame rates and use less memory than its OS 9 counterpart. He also told her that future versions of the game would be OS X only. Littman said that iEntertainment Network, creators of WarBirds, plan to continue supporting the Mac.
Littman also hinted at future plans for the same technology, such as a Korean conflict-era game and a futuristic Mars scenario.