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[News] Northland nearing completionANN.lu
Posted on 16-Jul-2003 11:47 GMT by Thomas Steiding31 comments
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RTS game Northland is nearing its completion on the Mac and will go beta on MorphOS/Pegasos very shortly. A MorphOS demoversion will be released in august. 16.7.2003 Northland getting closer to release The Apple Macintosh version of Northland is very close to completion now. The game has been in betatesting for some time now. "Northland", which was developed by Funatics Software for the PC is ported to the Apple Macintosh and other platforms by e.p.i.c. interactive. The Macversion will require at least a G3/350 with 128 MByte RAM and OSX. A OS 9.x version will also be supplied on the CD but the memory requirements are not 100% known yet. "Northland" for the Macintosh should start shipping from the middle of august and preordering from our webstore will start next week, when the demoversion of Northland for the Mac will be launched. More information on Northland can be found at: www.northland-game.com or at www.epic-interactive.com The MorphOS version of Northland should go beta very soon. A demoversion for the Pegasos and MorphOS can be expected in august.
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Posted by JoŽl EHRET on 16-Jul-2003 09:56 GMT
Great... I can't wait seeing the demo... NorthLand roxx :)
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Posted by Rafo on 16-Jul-2003 10:09 GMT
My, this game looks really graphic intensive. I really doubt 128MB RAM
will be enough to run it on Pegasos.
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Posted by Amon_Re on 16-Jul-2003 10:23 GMT
Looks intresting, gonna test it on my mac some day ;)

Cheers
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Posted by Emeric SH on 16-Jul-2003 10:25 GMT
Looking forward for the demo. If it will be the same quality as the previous E.P.I.C. games for MorphOS, I'll definitely buy it too.
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Posted by Amon_Re on 16-Jul-2003 10:27 GMT
In reply to Comment 4 (Emeric SH):
Erm, honest question, what games?

Cheers,
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Posted by Emeric SH on 16-Jul-2003 10:34 GMT
Birdie Shoot and Knights and Merchants, namely.
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Posted by Emeric SH on 16-Jul-2003 10:35 GMT
And forgot software tycoon. Better check out the EPIC page.
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Posted by Emeric SH on 16-Jul-2003 10:36 GMT
And Feeble Files... (Damn it :-))
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Posted by Amon_Re on 16-Jul-2003 10:46 GMT
In reply to Comment 8 (Emeric SH):
But isn't Birdie Shoot the only one that's MOS only? Up untill now?

Cheers
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Posted by David Scheibler on 16-Jul-2003 10:51 GMT
In reply to Comment 9 (Amon_Re):
No, K&M is MOS only too.
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Posted by Emeric SH on 16-Jul-2003 10:53 GMT
Sorry, I've lost you.

You mean "exclusive MorphOS games"? Of course most of them are ports. (I didn't had a single "original" title for my BlizzPPC save for Payback maybe))

Or you mean "native"? AFAIK Knights and Merchants is native MorphOS.

In either case it has little to do with my purchase - if it will perform well and will be rock stable, I see no problem.
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Posted by Amon_Re on 16-Jul-2003 10:55 GMT
In reply to Comment 11 (Emeric SH):
It's ok, seems we had a little ilcomunicado ;)

I was under the impression that you (or was it someone else?) meant that they already had alot of "MOS-Only" games (iow, non AOS, non WOS, non PPC)

Cheers
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Posted by Emeric SH on 16-Jul-2003 10:59 GMT
"(iow, non AOS, non WOS, non PPC)"

MorphOS games are usually PPC ;))))

No prob though :)
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Posted by Amon_Re on 16-Jul-2003 11:01 GMT
In reply to Comment 13 (Emeric SH):
LOL ;)

Well, i meant "non PUP" but i think you gotten my drift ;)

Cheers
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Posted by Lando on 16-Jul-2003 11:37 GMT
Great news :) I can't wait to get my hands on this game, it looks great!
Very new too, only just come out for PC and got some very good reviews.
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Posted by Thomas Steiding on 16-Jul-2003 11:45 GMT
In reply to Comment 15 (Lando):
Actually the international pc version will be released in the middle of august by GMX Media. And yes, it is also getting positive reviews from outside of germany, where it scored 80% or more in the main magazines.
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Posted by Anonymous on 16-Jul-2003 12:09 GMT
In reply to Comment 2 (Rafo):
if 128 is enought for osx then the half will be largely enough for
morphos ;)
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Posted by Anonymous on 16-Jul-2003 14:23 GMT
In reply to Comment 17 (Anonymous):
You forgot MOS has no virtualmem enabled. ;-)
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Posted by Jupp3 on 16-Jul-2003 18:28 GMT
A Strategy game. So 80's.

Only MorphOS could get such quality game...
Instead of "modern" FPS crap.
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Posted by Christophe Decanini on 16-Jul-2003 19:41 GMT
And I love the 80's (Amiga, hard rock, tv series, ...)
Maybe it is a sign that I'm getting old ;)
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Posted by Jupp3 on 16-Jul-2003 20:33 GMT
In reply to Comment 20 (Christophe Decanini):
/me too...

SO many things were better back then...
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Posted by anonymous on 16-Jul-2003 23:59 GMT
In reply to Comment 21 (Jupp3):
Are all you done with the circle jerk yet?

Have you not yet concluded that the rest of us could care for your spin on the world? "MOS exclusive" titles. Right. yaaawn!
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Posted by ehaines on 17-Jul-2003 00:00 GMT
In reply to Comment 10 (David Scheibler):
> No, K&M is MOS only too.

Strange, it runs really well on Macs for a "MOS-only" game. So does
Birdie Shoot.

There are, of course, no MOS-only games. It would make no sense
whatsoever to invest money for an exclusive in such a non-market.

(Note: this applies to OS4 as well; there probably won't be any
OS4-only games. So don't say I'm bashing, just being realistic.)
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Posted by Jupp3 on 17-Jul-2003 08:34 GMT
In reply to Comment 22 (anonymous):
If you're not interested, I have news for you:

You're on wrong thread!
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Posted by Kelly Samel on 17-Jul-2003 14:53 GMT
Usually I am not into strategy games, but
Northland's theme and the fact that it seems
to have some adventure/rpg elements make it
quite interesting. I will certainly try the
demo version. The screenshots showing some
apparent "dungeon" exploration piqued my interest. :)

"Divine Divinity" also looks great and
more the style of game I like to play too.
I wonder how DD is progressing?
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Posted by [JC] on 17-Jul-2003 19:41 GMT
In reply to Comment 25 (Kelly Samel):
Divine Divinity is getting there slowly. Fortunately for us Northland was developed with some degree of portability in mind, and with a very clean structure, which is why it has been possible relatively quickly (for a game port!) along with some very hard work by Paul.

Divinity is less tidy and in places very much Windows specific (especially the Unicode stuff) and it has taken me a while to reorder things as well as integrate the latest code from the updates. There have been other personal mishaps along the way to delay things however.

The good news is the Mac and MorphOS releases of Divinity will have all the latest fixes and patches as standard so there will be no upgrading and patching later on to render saved games useless. OpenGL support will come in a future update, but the game plays very well with most effects in software mode (although I have not yet determined whether some of the more advanced effects will require a G4 cpu)
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Posted by alan buxey on 18-Jul-2003 07:58 GMT
In reply to Comment 19 (Jupp3):
..thats right. attack the MOS platform because its getting some games.

You like FPS games? fair enough. Quake2 sourcecode is out there.
lots of people attacked the AmigaOS version...lets see if you can
make the MOS version ...maybe make it better? ;-)

Alan
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Posted by JoŽl EHRET on 18-Jul-2003 09:12 GMT
In reply to Comment 27 (alan buxey):
The Right answer.... nothing to add....
except : Keep the work on!! you're on the right way :)
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Posted by Lando on 18-Jul-2003 11:22 GMT
In reply to Comment 27 (alan buxey):
Quake 3 Arena sourcecode is also available now. I don't know what the terms are though. Still would make a nice port for Pegasos.
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Posted by Anonymous on 18-Jul-2003 18:48 GMT
In reply to Comment 27 (alan buxey):
Quake 2 is awesome on Pegasos and has hardware 3d reneder too! Super fast 640x480 16bit! Lovely
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Posted by Jupp3 on 18-Jul-2003 21:41 GMT
In reply to Comment 27 (alan buxey):
As I said before, I'm not really into 3D fps games...

And about me making Quake 2 port for MorphOS?

Can't really see any reason, why I should bother...

Reasons:

1. There's already one (but it's currently unreleased beta)
2. I don't really care that much about FPS games.
3. I rather concentrate on my own software projects.
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