Aspyr Media Inc.
on Friday announced plans to publish a Macintosh conversion of Command & Conquer Generals. This is the first installment of the hugely popular Command & Conquer series to appear on the Macintosh since the original version was released a number of years ago.
Command & Conquer Generals is a 3D real-time strategy game published for the PC by Electronic Arts. The game’s Macintosh conversion is being handled by i5works, the same company with whom Aspyr has previously collaborated to bring games like Ghost Recon Game of the Year Edition and SimCity 4 to the Macintosh. Aspyr noted that the game is already at its Alpha development milestone.
Command & Conquer Generals installs players as generals in control of high-tech armies that face off against each other on a global battlefield “teetering on the brink of Armageddon.” Players choose between the U.S. Army, the Chinese military or the fictional “Global Liberation Army,” each equipped with modern and near-future military weaponry. The game features a single-player campaign populated with 22 unique missions and an extensive multiplayer capability too.
Preliminary system requirements call for Mac OS X v10.2.6 or later; a 733MHz or faster CPU; 256MB RAM; 8x CD-ROM and 32MB ATI Radeon or Nvidia GeForce2 MX or better video card.
Aspyr pegged Command & Conquer General’s estimated release date for January, 2004. It’s currently available for pre-order for US$49.99. The game has been rated T for Teen by the ESRB.
Aspyr has indicated to MacCentral that a demo version of the game will be made available. What’s more, the company will make the Mac version able to communicate with its PC counterpart in multiplayer mode.
This story was updated with information about the demo and multiplayer capabilities.