Mac game publisher
MacSoft, now a division of Destineer, sent word today that its conversion of Master of Orion III has gone gold master — the final step before a game goes into duplication.
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MacSoft general manager Al Schilling noted that the discs have been handed off MacSoft’s manufacturing facility on Monday. Alas, that puts the game’s actual publication date back a few days. While MacSoft had previously reported that Master of Orion III would be on store shelves by March 19, it now looks like March 25 is the date. That still only puts the Mac version of the strategy game about a month behind its PC counterpart, though.
Designed and ported to the Mac by Quicksilver Software, Master of Orion III is the latest version of an epic game of strategy in which you vie for control of the cosmos as the leader of a spacefaring civilization. You can lead through diplomacy, trade or aggression, wage battles in space, and manipulate political leaders on your way to victory.
Master of Orion III is available from pre-order from online resellers and should be sold wherever you buy Mac games. It carries a suggested retail price of US$49.99. System requirements include a G3/350MHz or faster, 128MB RAM (256MB recommended), Mac OS 9.1 or Mac OS X 10.1.5 or higher, 800×600 resolution with thousands of colors, and 400MB hard disk space.
In related news, MacSoft at long last will finally have a Web site URL that makes sense. Due to a prior registration from a company unaffiliated with Macintosh gaming, the macsoft.com URL has already been spoken for — but it appears that Destineer has registered
Macsoftgames.com. The URL works, and a placeholder page and the MacSoft corporate logo announces that the site will go live on March 17th.