Aspyr Media Inc.
noted on Wednesday that its Macintosh version of
Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell
has finally reached its beta milestone. In Splinter Cell, you take the role of Sam Fisher, a covert operations specialist who operates through a secret department within the National Security Agency (NSA), tasked with spying, stealing, assassination and other operations that the U.S. government will deny any responsibility for if you’re caught.
While Aspyr now says that Splinter Cell should ship in May, this Macintosh version of Splinter Cell is long overdue — plans to do this conversion were announced last August, along with another Tom Clancy title, Rainbow Six 3: Raven Shield. Aspyr indicated that both games would be released in December. Raven Shield shipped, but Splinter Cell’s Mac development has languished for months.
Developed around characters and situations inspired by the works of thriller author Tom Clancy, the game emphasizes stealth techniques like sniping, split jumping, zip lining, rappelling and using human shields. You get to use intelligence gadgets like night and thermal vision goggles, prototype weapons and surveillance gear and more.
Preliminary system requirements call for a G4/733MHz or later, 256MB RAM, 1.7GB hard disk drive, ATI Radeon or Nvidia GeForce2 MX or better video card with 32MB VRAM, and a DVD drive to install and play. The game is currently available for pre-order for about US$50, and has been rated T for Teen by the ESRB.