Feral to Release Black & White 2 at Macworld

Feral Interactive will release the Mac version of the strategy game Black & White 2 at next month's Macworld Expo, the publisher said on Monday. The brainchild of well-known game developer Peter Molyneux, the sequel once again places players in the role of a god who lives on a world called Eden and who can treat his people well or do terrible things to them.

As in the previous game, players can also adopt and train a creature who does their bidding, for good or bad. This time, however, the storyline revolves Greeks who were driven from their homeland by the Aztecs. Players help the Greeks by building up their towns an assimilating nearby Norse settlements, giving them the forces they need to strike back against the Aztecs.

Black & White 2 features a physics engine that produces real results when players pick up villagers, boulders, or other things and fling them across the landscape. The inhabitants of Eden also have more sophisticated technology this time, allowing them to fight with weapons, from handheld ones to the siege variety.


Fun with physics

The Battle of the Gods expansion pack, which features new challenges and the threat of a rival god, is also included. The complete game will sell for US$49.95 and will be available for purchase at the Feral booth at Macworld. System requirements call for Mac OS X version 10.4.8, a 1.8GHz Intel Mac (no PowerPC support), 512MB RAM, 128MB video RAM, 5.1GB of hard drive space, and a DVD drive. Intel GMA graphics chipsets are not supported, but GeForce 9400 M graphics cards, found on Apple's newest MacBooks, are supported.