Aspyr expects to release Lord of the Rings: Return of the King in April 2004.

Development on the Mac port of the game of the movie of the book is currently at alpha. The company says: "In the final installment of the blockbuster movie trilogy, players must destroy the One Ring by casting it into the Crack of Doom, freeing Middle Earth from the clutches of the Dark Lord Sauron."

Features will include eight playable characters with voices provided by the movie actors; a cooperative teamwork mode, twelve interactive environments (Minas Tirith, the Black Gate, the Crack of Doom), and more. The game also contains "never-before seen" movie footage.

Preliminary system requirements (which are subject to change) include: Mac OS X 10.2.6 or later; G4 800MHz or faster; 256MB RAM; 2GB hard-disk space.

Two modern warfare games – Delta Force Black Hawk Down and Activision's Call of Duty are also at alpha. The latter game puts players in the role of a young soldier engaged in key battles of WWII, while Delta Force transforms players into a crack military unit engaged in battle against the hostile warlords who run a non-US sovereign state.

Aspyr has also confirmed that the final extension pack for its smash-hit The Sims game, The Sims: Makin Magic is "expected" to ship this month; an extension pack for SimCity 4, SimCity 4 Rush Hour, is in "early development" and is expected to ship in June.