Interplay has granted United Developers exclusive worldwide licensing rights of its MacPlay trademark and MacPlay.com domain name.

The new MacPlay, a subsidiary of United Developers, has also gained the rights to publish Mac-versions of five of Interplay's games. These include Icewind Dale and Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn, currently available only for the PC. These two titles have sold over a million copies worldwide.

MacPlay was founded in the early 1990s, as the dedicated Mac division of Interplay. The new-look MacPlay is led by Ron Dimant, also the CEO of Ritual Entertainment.

He said: "No word better defines the concept of Macintosh entertainment than MacPlay. With the iMac being arguably the most compelling home entertainment appliance in existence, everything is primed for MacPlay to become the industry leader."

The company will debut with three new Mac titles over Christmas, and will release Icewind Dale and Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn early next year. The company will also release a selection of third-party titles, which have not yet been announced.

Apple's vice president of worldwide developer relations, Clent Richardson, said: "Apple is excited about MacPlay's commitment to Mac OS X, which will provide our customers with the best gaming experience any platform has to offer."

United Developers is an initiative by a group of companies designed to facilitate greater software development achievements through collaboration. It's a loose coalition that exists to share marketing and development expertise, and to help members make inroads into the games development and publishing markets.