Aspyr Media Inc. announced Tuesday that its Macintosh conversion of
Star Wars Battlefront
has gone “gold master,” the final step before a game is sent to duplication. It should begin shipping on Monday, July 18, 2005 and will cost US$49.99.
Licensed from LucasArts and converted to the Mac by Beenox Studios, Star Wars Battlefront is a single-player and multiplayer action game that lets you relive the epic battles depicted in all of the Star Wars movies. You can select from one of 20 different soldier types from each of the four major factions seen in the movies: The Rebel Alliance, Imperial Army, Clone Army and Droid Army.
You can play as standard infantry, scout, heavy weapons expert or pilot, each with specialized abilities to suit his expertise. More than two dozen ground and air vehicles are at your disposal as well, on massive battlefields spread across 10 different planetary surfaces, including icy Hoth, barren Geonosis and the forest moon Endor.
Multiple single player modes help keep you in the action — “Instant Action” offers quick melee combat, while “Galactic Conquest” and “Historical Campaigns” test your skill as you play an elaborate single-player campaign. Mac users can also compete with other users online, via GameRanger. Aspyr notes that Mac to PC multiplayer gaming is supported.
System requirements call for Mac OS X v10.3.6 or later, G4/1GHz or faster, 256MB RAM, 2.7GB free hard disk space, ATI Radeon 8500 or Nvidia GeForce4 MX or better 3D graphics with at least 64MB VRAM, and DVD Drive. Star Wars Battlefront is rated T for Teen by the ESRB.