Although Mac conversions of popular PC role playing games (RPGs) get the lion’s share of the media’s attention,
has for many years supported the Mac platform with its own line of RPGs. Recently the company provided details about its forthcoming release
Avernum 3, which is the final game in the Avernum trilogy.
Spiderweb explained that Avernum 3 features over 100 towns, villages and dungeons to explore — the areas populate a dynamic world which changes depending on what you do.
In Avernum 3, you emerge from an enormous labyrinth of underground caves and tunnels — the settings for the previous two installments of the Avernum trilogy — into the sunlit world, only to discover than your land has been ravaged by plagues and monsters. The same empire that once sought to enslave you calls upon you to defeat its foes and restore the land to its previous glory.
Spiderweb bills Avernum 3 as massive and open-ended. You can assume many different roles — that of hero or merchant; commoner or fighter. It all depends on how you want to play. Experience with the previous two installments of the Avernum story is not necessary, by the way.
System requirements for Avernum 3 call for a PowerPC-based Mac; 12MB available RAM; 20MB hard drive space; 800×600 pixel screen resolution rendered in 16-bit color. The game will cost US$25, or $32 including a hint book. Look for it to be released in Spring of 2002 for the Mac — a Windows-compatible version will follow sometime in the summer.
In related news, Spiderweb Software’s Jeff Vogel recently posted an update on what’s happening at the shareware RPG developer. The company’s next game up to bat will be Geneforge, a fantasy-based role-playing game with a science fiction twist. Genforge is expected to be released for the Macintosh this December. Visit the Spiderweb Software Web site for more details about Geneforge.