Mac game publisher Aspyr Media Inc. let it be known on Monday that it’s publishing a Macintosh conversion of Homeworld 2. It’s an epic real-time strategy game featuring space combat created by Relic Entertainment and published for the PC by Sierra.
Homeworld 2 was released late last year; it’s the sequel to a game released in 1999. The game continues the story of the Hiigarans and their leader, Karan S’jet. Their Mothership must confront a new foe — a renegade clan from the eastern fringes of the galaxy — as they uncover the truth behind their exile.
In Homeworld 2, you must protect your Mothership — not only your home base but also the place where raw resources are processed from nearby asteroids — as you protect your mining units and create potentially huge fleets of spaceships used to attack your enemy. You can create different fleet formations and apply different techniques depending on the situation.
Preliminary system requirements for Homeworld 2 will call for Mac OS X v10.2.6 or later, G4/800MHz or faster, 256MB RAM, 1.6GB of hard disk space, ATI Radeon 7500 or Nvidia GeForce 2MX or better 3D graphics with at least 32MB VRAM, and 8x CD-ROM. The game’s multiplayer capabilities will be Mac to Mac only, according to information provided on Aspyr’s Web site.
Aspyr noted that Macintosh conversion of Homeworld 2 is being handled by Canadian developer Beenox Studios, a frequent collaborator of Aspyr whose Shift Division has previous worked to bring forth Mac conversions of The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King, Wakeboarding Unleashed featuring Shaun Murray, Tomb Raider: Angel of Darkness and other games. The game is currently at its Early Development stage and is expected to be released in August, 2004. You can pre-order it from Aspyr’s Web site for US$49.99.