Mac game publisher MacPlay today announced plans to debut new titles currently in development at next month’s Macworld Conference & Expo in San Francisco, Calif. In particular, MacPlay will use the venue to debut The Operative: No One Lives forever and Icewind Dale.
The Operative: No One Lives Forever is a 1960’s era secret agent thriller. The first-person action/adventure game featuring seductive yet lethal UNITY anti-terrorist agent Cate Archer, who must complete assignments in exotic locations around the world. The game was originally published for the PC by Fox Interactive, which MacPlay previously collaborated with to release the Mac version of Aliens vs. Predator Gold Edition. MacPlay said that the Mac version of The Operative: No One Lives Forever will be released in early 2002 — both for “Classic” Mac OS and Mac OS X.
The other debut game is Icewind Dale, a role-playing game based on the book series authored by R.A. Salvatore. Built around BioWare’s Infinity Engine — the same core technology used for Baldur’s Gate — this title puts players in a frozen land where they must battle foes like cyclops and frost giants as they seek to overcome an evil lying within the Spine of the World. Originally developed by Black Isle Studios, Icewind Dale was published for the PC by Interplay, which MacPlay has previously collaborated with to release several games. As with Baldur’s Gate titles, Icewind Dale is based in the Forgotten Realms campaign setting, and adheres to Advanced Dungeons & Dragons rules. Like No One Lives Forever, Icewind Dale is expected to be released in early 2002 and will work on both “Classic” Mac OS and Mac OS X.
MacPlay president Mark Cottam said that the additions of No One Lives Forever and Icewind Dale allow MacPlay to continue to bring the best in computer gaming to the Mac and to MacPlay’s customers. “Macworld is an outstanding environment for us to debut these products and showcase the blockbuster lineup available from MacPlay,” said Cottam.
MacPlay also plans to use their Expo presence to demonstrate other games they’ve already released, including Baldur’s Gate II: Shadows of Amn, Giants: Citizen Kabuto, Aliens vs. Predator Gold Edition and Sacrifice. The company also advises that they’ll be holding a special event at their booth on Wednesday, January 9th at 2:00 PM to unveil the identity of their secret project, code-named Deuce.
Macworld Conference & Expo happens from January 7-11, 2002 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. MacPlay will be exhibiting at the Apple Gaming Center at booth 4341.