has announced the release of Geneforge. It’s the company’s newest role playing game (RPG). Released now for the Macintosh, a Windows version is currently in development, but isn’t expected to be released until next Spring.
Billed as a “fantasy role-playing game with a science fiction twist,” Geneforge puts you in the role of a Shaper, a member of the powerful and secretive magic guild. Feared and respected for millennia, Shapers have the ability both to create life and to shape or mold it how they see fit. Shapers can create their own servants to suit their needs, thralls that obey only them.
In Geneforge, the secrets of the Shapers have been put in jeopardy — a mysterious force is trying to steal their power and take it for himself. Now he’s captured you, and wants you to share your power with him. Open ended, Geneforge doesn’t force you to adopt the role of the noble hero. You can fight this evil power, or you can join him. It’s all up to you.
Geneforge features 16-bit graphics displayed isometrically; they’re evocative of the company’s recent Avernum and Nethergate titles.
System requirements for Geneforge call for a PowerPC-based Mac running Mac OS 8.1 or later (including Mac OS X), 30MB RAM, 25MB hard drive space, 800×600 resolution with 16 bit color. The game costs US$25, or $32 with a hint book included. A downloadable demo is available from Spiderweb’s Web site.