id Software announced earlier this week that its long-awaited first person shooter
Doom 3 has gone gold master — the final step before a game goes into duplication. While Doom 3 will appear for the PC first, id Software’s CEO, Todd Hollenshead, confirmed in
his .plan file that a Mac OS X version was on the way. This is the first confirmation that a Mac OS X version is on the board in quite some time.
“… Mac and Linux: Unfortunately I don’t have dates for either of these. However, Linux binaries will be available very soon after the PC game hits store shelves. There are no plans for boxed Linux games,” said Hollenshead. “More remains to be done for the OSX version of DOOM 3 and that will take some time. We won’t release the OSX version until it’s just as polished as the PC version. The date for OSX DOOM 3 remains ‘when it’s done’, but I can confirm that it’s definitely coming.”
id Software’s last major original release, Quake III Arena, was published by Activision, the same company that will be releasing Doom 3 in short order. At this point, there’s no indication who the Mac publisher will be. MacCentral will provide more details as they become available.