Legacy, Vivendi team up for lots of Mac games this fall
By Peter Cohen
has long given Mac gamers a taste of real-life action with its line of Emergency Room role playing games, which put players in the role of ER doctors who must work fast to save lives. Now Legacy has an interesting TV show-based game and a five-title distribution deal in the works that both promise to keep Mac gamers entertained.
Legacy Interactive is continuing its efforts to bring Mac and PC gamers gritty real-life drama, with a new title based on the popular NBC television show Law & Order. The company recently signed a deal with Studios USA to develop Law & Order Interactive, which Legacy spokesperson Tricia McCafferty assured MacCentral will be coming available for the Mac. Show stars Jerry Orbach, S. Epatha Merkerson and Elisabeth Röhm will all participate in the game’s production.
In Law & Order Interactive, players will play both detective and prosecutor as they gather and analyze evidence, interrogate suspects, then put them on trial. Mysteries you’ll need to solve include the murder case of a scientist who is conducting cloning experiments, and the murder of a high-tech investment banker. The new game will be released sometime during the winter of 2002.
In related news, Legacy Interactive has struck a distribution deal with Vivendi Universal Publishing. The deal covers both the future release Law & Order Interactive, and several other new titles that will be shipping this fall. Vivendi Universal Publishing will distribute the games worldwide.
Titles covered under the distribution deal include:
— Which takes Legacy’s “real life” emergency room games in a new direction — this time to veterinary medicine.
— You’re a paramedic on the streets of Los Angeles, making life or death decisions during chaotic emergency situations.
Emergency Room Code Red
— (Pictured above.) You have to save lives and manage the staff of the ER during a city-wide state of emergency.
Combat Medic: Desert Storm
— As an Army Reserve surgeon, you’re airlifted to the middle of the desert during a conflict to take care of the war-wounded. Manage supplies, treat wounds, and don’t let the pressure get to you.
Look for each of the new titles to ship in September, with suggested retail prices of around $30. System requirements for the games call for a PowerPC-based Mac running at 266MHz or faster, 32MB RAM, System 7.6 or higher, 16-bit (thousands of colors)-capable video, 16x or faster CD-ROM drive.