Mac game publisher MacPlay announced plans to support Mac OS X extensively with its line of products, expected out between now and the end of the year. The company is using this week’s Macworld Expo in New York to highlight several products currently in development, and announce some new games as well.
MacPlay is showing Macworld Expo attendees Baldur’s Gate II: Shadows of Amn, a role-playing game set in the land of the Forgotten Realms; Giants: Citizen Kabuto, a multiplayer 3D game that pits the Meccaryn, the Sea Reapers and the giant Kabuto against each other as they vie for control of their world; and Sacrifice, a 3D real-time strategy game.
MacPlay indicated that Baldur’s Gate II: Shadows of Amn is close to completion. It will ship in August of 2001 and will be Mac OS X and Mac OS 9 compatible. Originally developed for the PC by Bioware, Baldur’s Gate II: Shadows of Amn is based on the Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game.
Giants: Citizen Kabuto will be published exclusively for Mac OS X — that title is being developed by Mac OS X/OS X Server developer the Omni Group. Giants is also the first title for the Mac that supports some of the special features of the Nvidia GeForce3 graphics chip, available on a card offered as a build-to-order option from the Apple Store. Although a GeForce3-based card is not a system requirement of the game, users of Macs so equipped can expect to see “a noticeable boost,” according to MacPlay. Giants: Citizen Kabuto is expected to be released this summer.
MacPlay also announced that it has inked a deal with PC game publisher Activision to bring three catalog titles to the Macintosh. The company plans to publish Mac versions of Heretic II, Hexen II, and Zork Grand Inquisitor later this summer, as well. MacPlay will also be supporting Mac OS X with these games.
Heretic II is a 3D first person shooter that transports you to a world infected by a deadly magical plague — you must use magic and your cunning to overcome various obstacles and foes as you make your way through the land.
Hexen II is another 3D, first person shooter that brings you to various worlds as you battle the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. The title supports both single and multiplayer modes as you hack and slash with various weapons including swords and daggers, and magical weapons including wands and spells.
Zork Grand Inquisitor returns players to the Great Underground Empire, scene of one of the first classic text-based adventures available for person computers. This time it’s rendered in 3D, as you, “the Adventurer,” must do battle with the Grand Inquisitor’s regime.