Retail briefs: Activision, OziSoft, Apple

Retail briefs: Activision, OziSoft, Apple

Activision acquires software developer

Activision has acquired US console software developer Treyarch Invention to boost its product development across game platforms. Treyarch focuses on action and sports video games. Under the terms of the agreement, the company will become a subsidiary of Activision. The acquisition, which involves the allotment of Activision shares to Treyarch equity holders and employees, will help Activision strengthen its multi-platform development capability. The developer is already in production on several games for the publisher-cum-distributor, including Shaun Palmer's Pro Snowboarder, Kelly Slater's Pro Surfer and Minority Report.

OziSoft's Xbox titles

OziSoft has announced the development of four Xbox titles by developer and publisher Codemasters. Ultimate Blade of Darkness will be dedicated to the anticipated games console and is due on the market in November 2002. Codemasters is developing three additional titles:

V8 Supercar Race Driver, LMA Manager and Mike Tyson Heavyweight Boxing. "With our Xbox titles we will provide a level of realism significantly higher than on any previous platform," said Codemasters development director John Hemingway.

Apple ups Mac OS X

Apple's first major upgrade of its Mac OS X version 10.1 has hit retail shelves. The upgrade to Mac OS X delivers enhanced performance, a refined Aqua user interface and support for digital media and devices including DVDs, MP3 CDs, MP3 players, printers, digital cameras and DV camcorders. The retail package is available for a recommended price of $229 and current Mac OS X users can upgrade using the standard Mac OS Up-to-Date program for $19.95. A free Instant Up-to-Date upgrade kit for existing Mac OS X users will be available through participating Apple Authorised Resellers until October 31 or while stocks last.

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