iEntertainment Network is now offering a public beta test version of Armored Assault, a 3D action game with a strong online component that puts you in control of World War II-era tanks facing off against each other in the European Theater.
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Armored Assault enables you to participate in a simulated ground war across 16 square miles of Belgium with hundreds of other Mac and PC gamers. If the idea of operating tanks doesn’t appeal to you, you can also transport heavy guns via halftracks, or fly one of three different fighter/bomber aircraft to search for and destroy armor. Up to 400 people are able to play at once.
iEntertainment Network is best know to Mac gamers for its development of WarBirds, a long-running World War II-era aircraft dogfighting game. iEntertainment Network supports Mac OS X with WarBirds III, the latest version, which also offers features like hardware-based graphics acceleration.
Like WarBirds, Armored Assault features a massively multiplayer online environment that hundreds of different gamers cross platforms can participate in — a different scope than conventional action games with online components, which can usually only support a handful of players at once.
Also like WarBirds, Armored Assault is dependent on a subscription model for online play, although iEntertainment Network is offering users a free weekend starting today and running through March 2nd. During that time, all accounts are able to play the game for free.
iEntertainment Network is offering this open beta of Armored Assault exclusively for Mac OS X. Information on system requirements are scant, even with the included documentation, but Armored Assault uses the same technology developed for WarBirds III, and its PC system requirements are similar. If the same can be said for the Mac OS X, version, Armored Assault may run on a G3/400MHz or faster with 256MB RAM and a decent 3D graphics card. The open beta measures 118MB.