More Details on OS X Diablo II
6:00 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story
Blizzard's Rob Barris has been busy on Usenet, posting information to the comp.sys.mac.games.action newsgroup about the status of the Mac OS X client for Diablo II and its expansion pack, Lord of Destruction.
The latest report includes a description of their development for Mac OS X, noting they have worked on it for some time now. The game will require users to be using OS X 10.1.3 because of the OpenGL fixes made in this latest release.
We started working on Diablo 2 for OS X a long time ago. Well before 10.0 in fact.Later in the post, Barris also seems confident they will hit their initial release date of Q1 2002. Here's the rest:
Anything prior to 10.1 was no-good for D2 in OpenGL mode. The idea of shipping D2 with software-display only occurred to us but was rejected. We wanted to make use of all the GL extensions that were being put in to improve performance.
OS X 10.1.3 is going to be the minimum acceptable version of OS X for Diablo II to run on. A lot of things that are fixed in 10.1.3, are fixed because *developers discovered them* and reported them as being broken. Some of those things were serious enough to prevent a product like D2 from shipping on OS X at the quality level to which we are accustomed. I'm glad they are fixed and our users will be too.
The assumption that starting sooner would have resulted in a shippable product sooner, is flawed in this case - it assumes a flawless platform on which to build.While most Mac gamers would expect some sort of delay due to the continuing work on WarCraft III, seeing Diablo II for OS X within the next two weeks seems still to be a possibility. Stay tuned to IMG for the latest as the client heads towards release.
IMG News: Blizzard Announces Diablo II for OS X
Anyhoo, if we really don't release it in the next 15 days as we announced we would, email away.
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