World War II Online coming to Mac in early November
By Peter Cohen
Strategy First, Playnet and Cornered Rat Software announced that
World War II Online
will ship for the Macintosh in early November.
World War II Online is a massively multiplayer action game that puts players in a virtual battlefield covering a 1/2 scale map of Europe, complete with accurate terrain modeling. Like other massively multiplayer online games, World War II Online is persistent, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Players can operate equipment like tanks and airplanes, and fight hand-to-hand as infantry.
In fact, some Mac gamers have already gotten their hands on World War II Online as part of a limited beta test of the software; it’s currently in late development. The technical team behind World War II Online includes folks who previously worked on iEntertainment Network’s enormously popular WarBirds series of online aircraft dogfighting games. World War II Online is a more ambitious project; it enables users to participate in a variety of ways beside just flying.
Despite its massively multiplayer aspects, the game isn’t just a free for all deathmatch or melee — strategy plays an important role here as players ally themselves with each other and fight towards common goals — the capture and preservation of territory in the European theater.
Noting that Mac users have shown that they’re waiting and ready for a massively multiplayer online game like World War II Online, Playnet executive producer Al Corey added, “Our development team has worked to ensure that gameplay is identical across all platforms and we’re excited to welcome fresh recruits to the battle.”
The company noted that the Mac version of the game will include a large foldout wall map, the official music track, and 20 original illustrations and wallpapers inspired by the game. Look for the game to hit store North American shelves courtesy of Infogrames.