MacSoft has announced that Halo: Combat Evolved, "The most anticipated game in Macintosh history," will be shipping Thursday, Dec. 11. It is expected to be in North American stores the week of Dec. 14.
The hit first-person shooter, which was originally to be released for Mac and PC in early 2000, became the subject of controversy after Microsoft bought Bungie, the gameis developer, to bolster titles for its Xbox. After the Nov. 2001 Xbox release, there was serious doubt that it would make it to the Mac until Microsoft announced the upcoming port.
According to MacSoft, the Macintosh port features enhancements over the Xbox version. From MacSoftis Halo Web page:
Intense Online Multiplayer Shootouts
Halo for Macintosh lets you compete against 15 other Mac or Windows users on the Internet or a Local Area Network. Take the battle online with gamers all over the world in a variety of individual and team-based games such as King of the Hill, Capture the Flag, Race, Oddball, Death Match, and more.
Halo for Macintosh looks great on just about any modern video card. And, it is one of the very first games to take advantage of the ?pixel shaders? found in the most recent NVIDIA and ATI video cards. Grass is thick. Vehicles shine in the sunlight. Alien buildings reflect like mirrors, and much more. Additionally, Halo for Macintosh supports video resolutions up to 1600x1200 for remarkable visual clarity.
The Fuel Rod Gun for multiplayer is of Covenant origin. Itis an arching, lob-type weapon similar to a grenade launcher. With firepower roughly on par with the rocket launcher, you can decimate opponents over obstacles and defenses.
The Flame Thrower -- burn, baby, burn!
It?s true! You can now fly the Banshee in multiplayer games. Plus, there?s a new Rocket-equipped Warthog, and you can also control Covenant Gun Turrets in multiplayer.
More game information can be found at MacSoftis Halo Web page.