MacPlay says that its next title, Sacrifice, has reached the beta stage of development. The company also says that the game is scheduled to go gold in December. Sacrifice is a 3D real time strategy game (RTS) that offers the ability to play either a commander or an individual combatant. From MacPlay:
MacPlay, a subsidiary of United Developers, announced today that Sacrifice, the highly-anticipated action game for the Mac, has reached beta and is scheduled to begin shipping to retail in early December.
Sacrifice provides a truly fresh approach in the 3D RTS genre, allowing players to act as both commander and combatant over huge, real-time generated landscapes in single or multiplayer modes. Sacrifice serves up over 50 of the most fantastic creatures ever seen in interactive combat scenarios and offers versatile and imaginative spells that can be cast throughout the course of the game. The Windows version of Sacrifice received ratings of 9 out of 10 from Happy Puppy, as well as 4.5 out of 5 from PC Arena and 9.5 out of 10 from ign.pc.com. According to Apple.com, "The Stunning visuals and all-out action should keep you glued to your Mac."
MacPlay has teamed up with Brady Games to offer a pre-order special for customers who purchase Sacrifice. The special offer includes a FREE copy of the Sacrifice Official Strategy Guide, a $19.99 retail value, plus free ground shipping for customers in the continental US. The pre-order special is available through MacPlays Web site. The Sacrifice Official Strategy Guide features complete walkthroughs for every variant of every Sacrifice level, as well as a detailed list of all available spells. The multiplayer section allows users to clue in to valuable tips and tricks for fighting live opponents.
Boasting an impressive line-up of voice talent, Sacrifice features Tim Curry ("Rocky Horror Picture Show," "Home Alone 2: Lost in New York"), who plays Stratos, God of Air; Brad Garrett ("Everybody Loves Raymond") as James, God of Earth; and Tony Jay ("Beauty and the Beast," "The Hunchback of Notre Dame") as Mithras the Sage. The rich musical score was composed and orchestrated by established film and game composer Kevin Manthei, whose recent work includes "Scream 3" and "Buffy The Vampire Slayer."
You can find more information on Sacrifice at MacPlayis Web site. The company is accepting pre-orders for US$49.99 that includes a strategy guide.