On the same day that Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone is released in theatres across the US, Mac game publisher Aspyr Media has announced plans to publish a Mac version of the computer game based on the enormously popular book series and the new motion picture.
The Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone game was just released for the PC by Electronic Arts. The Mac version of the game is currently in development at Mac game conversion company Westlake Interactive. In a recent conversation with MacCentral, Aspyr said they hope the game will be released in time for Macworld Expo San Francisco, which take place in January -- less than two months after the PC game's introduction. Aspyr also extended "a big thank you" to Electronic Arts for allowing them to license the game.
Aspyr president Michael Rogers commented, "We are all big fans of J.K. Rowling's work and look forward to seeing this magical adventure."
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (the American title for Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone) is built on the same core technology that powers Unreal Tournament -- it's a full 3D action game, tailored specifically for fans of the books and movie. Here's more info straight from Aspyr:
-- Hogwarts Term begins . . .
-- Be Harry Potter in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, learning to master all things magical in a world filled with wizardry, fun and danger. The adventure begins as Harry Potter arrives at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
-- Explore Hogwarts while solving puzzles, casting spells, battling foes and uncovering secrets. Journey from Privet Drive to Hogwarts and sneak, climb and jump as you explore 3D environments.
-- Battle evil creatures using all of Harry's abilities. Learn to fly on a broomstick and play fast-paced, arcade-style Quidditch. Uncover special items including the Invisibility Cloak, wizard sweets, potion ingredients, Chocolate Frog Famous Wizard Cards and broomsticks.
-- Interact with over 20 unforgettable characters from J.K. Rowling's magical world. With Ron and Hermione at your side, cast spells and confront adversaries to thwart You-Know-Who's evil plans.
Aspyr noted that system requirements won't be finalised until the game's release, but has offered some tentative system specs: Mac OS 9.x or Mac OS X 10.1; G3/333 MHz or faster, or G4; ATI RAGE Pro or Nvidia GeForce-based video graphics system or better with 8MB or more video memory; 64MB of built-in memory with virtual memory set to at least 160MB.