It may have missed Christmas, but
MacSoft’s Mac conversion of Myth III: The Wolf Age won’t miss Macworld Conference & Expo in San Francisco next month. MacSoft confirmed today that the game would be available to attendees of the show (and it should be in stores at about the same time, too). MacSoft indicates that Myth III has finally gone gold master, the last step before software is put into duplication. The company also plans to sell Sid Meier’s Civilization III at the show.
Myth III: The Wolf Age is the newest game in the ongoing Myth series that was originally created by Bungie Software. This most recent installment was crafted by MumboJumbo Games and released for the PC by Take Two Interactive Software in early November. After a well-publicized series of delays trying to get the game ready for the Macintosh, MumboJumbo’s Mac conversion of Myth III is finally ready. Unfortunately, with less than a week to go, it’s not possible to get the games into stores before Christmas. But when early January rolls around, Mac gamers can look forward to laying their hands on this eagerly anticipated title.
As with previous installments of the Myth series, Myth III: The Wolf Age is a squad-level 3D real-time strategy game. Unlike previous installments, the game makes use of a brand new graphics engine that provides players with many new modern enhancements (no more poorly scaling sprite-based graphics here).
Myth III: The Wolf Age is a prequel to the first two games. This title is set a thousand years before the stories told in Myth: The Fallen Lords and Myth II: Soulblighter. The game tells the story of Connacht the Wolf, the greatest of mankind’s heroes, who leads troops into battle against the vicious Myrkridia and the oppressive Trow.
Myth III: The Wolf Age features more than 40 unique units, each with their own attacks and spells. The game sports 25 single-player levels across all kinds of terrain — deserts, swamps and frozen wastelands. Weather like rain, snowfall and wind is simulated, too.
Multiplayer gaming for Myth III is being handled by GameSpy Industries. While a Mac version of their GameSpy Arcade client is nowhere in sight, Mac users of Myth III are still able to play online battles through specialized netplay maps, in game modes like Capture the Flag, Territories and Steam the Bacon. Online players can also team up together to play the single-player game cooperatively. (GameSpy has previously been used on the Mac to power the online gaming features of Gathering of Developer’s 4×4 Evolution.)
In other news, MacSoft indicated that Macworld Expo attendees would also be able to get their hands on the Mac version of Sid Meier’s Civilization III. It will be on display at the show and copies should be available for sale in MacSoft’s booth.
Following the steps of its legendary predecessor, Civilization III is a turn-based strategy game puts players in charge of a burgeoning civilization. It’s up to you to decide how your civilization grows and evolves: You extend the borders of your land and the capabilities of your people through discovery, the management of resources, the development of technology, diplomacy with your neighbors, and the conquest of your enemies. New features in Civilization III include new combat options, an enhanced trade system involving trade routes and commodities, and greatly expanded diplomacy features.
Macworld Conference & Expo happens from January 7-11, 2002 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, Calif. Look for MacSoft at booth 4227.