Mac release?

#1 Posted by LocoRocker (210 posts) -

Any news or speculation?

#2 Posted by dsplayer1010 (2227 posts) -

I hope so

#3 Posted by Maxszy (2064 posts) -

Haven't heard anything about this, but speculation would cause me to say perhaps. I am not sure if BioWare has a history of doing that, but considering WoW and Blizzard does it... I think they will probably follow that role.

#4 Posted by AltDimension (257 posts) -

I wouldn't rule it out, I mean there's MMO's for Mac, most notably WoW but smaller MMO's have been offered; like EVE. I guess it depends on what type of Graphics technology it runs on (can you run direct X games on mac?)

Having said that, OS x 10.5 comes with boot camp, so you can run windows natively enabling you to play any Windows games you'd want.

#5 Posted by Scooper (7882 posts) -

My guess would be that they eventualy put it out on Mac but not at launch with Windows.

#6 Posted by Maxszy (2064 posts) -
@Scooper said:
" My guess would be that they eventualy put it out on Mac but not at launch with Windows. "
While this would make sense, Blizzard puts out a Mac and Windows version at the same time on the same exact discs? Why would BioWare do this part of the game differently? I think if they are going to do it at all, it will probably be at the same time. Not to alienate anyone to start.

But as AltDimension stated, with the ability to boot windows simultaneously with a Mac, I don't think there's an issue running it no matter your system.
#7 Posted by Scooper (7882 posts) -
@Maxszy said:
"
@Scooper said:
" My guess would be that they eventualy put it out on Mac but not at launch with Windows. "
While this would make sense, Blizzard puts out a Mac and Windows version at the same time on the same exact discs? Why would BioWare do this part of the game differently? I think if they are going to do it at all, it will probably be at the same time. Not to alienate anyone to start.But as AltDimension stated, with the ability to boot windows simultaneously with a Mac, I don't think there's an issue running it no matter your system. "
You're probably right since Blizzard and BioWare share the same mentality of only putting a game out when it's done so a simultaneous release isn't as far-fetched as I first thought.
#8 Posted by Cerza (1653 posts) -
@AltDimension said:
"Having said that, OS x 10.5 comes with boot camp, so you can run windows natively enabling you to play any Windows games you'd want. "
Most games run like shit though. I dunno if it's the GPU Apple uses or what, but my experience with my MacBook Pro is that the boot camp thing is not really a viable way to game on a Mac. It's just good for running the occassionally needed Windows only application.

I agree with you that I wouldn't rule out a Mac release though. I mean Bioware is owned by EA now and EA has released most of their other stuff for Mac. Well all their big stuff anyway. 
#9 Posted by AltDimension (257 posts) -
@Cerza said:
"
@AltDimension said:
"Having said that, OS x 10.5 comes with boot camp, so you can run windows natively enabling you to play any Windows games you'd want. "
Most games run like shit though. I dunno if it's the GPU Apple uses or what, but my experience with my MacBook Pro is that the boot camp thing is not really a viable way to game on a Mac. It's just good for running the occassionally needed Windows only application.I agree with you that I wouldn't rule out a Mac release though. I mean Bioware is owned by EA now and EA has released most of their other stuff for Mac. Well all their big stuff anyway.  "
Ah, really? Guess it's the same as running Windows XP on Windows 7 (which at present works like crap). Yeah, I get what you mean, and it would be in the best interest of the publish to put it out for both, and with the Mac's increasing user base it could be very profitable for them.

 As @scooper said chances are it'll be on Windows at launch with a Mac client to follow... Pending the games success I suppose.
#10 Posted by Nasar7 (2606 posts) -
@Cerza: Do you use XP or Vista for bootcamp? I remember I tried gaming with Vista back in 07 but it was horrible. After I replaced it with XP I've played CoD4, Bioshock, Mass Effect, and Cod: WaW with no problem.

@LocoRocker: They probably will, WoW is huge on the Mac and I can't see them not wanting the same for their game.

#11 Posted by LocoRocker (210 posts) -

I've been using Bootcamp on my MBP for a while now for all things Steam and it actually works flawlessly. I guess I'm just too lazy for this constant switching now that Mac is my main OS. So a Mac release would be very welcome.

#12 Edited by Cerza (1653 posts) -
@Nasar7 said:
" @Cerza: Do you use XP or Vista for bootcamp? I remember I tried gaming with Vista back in 07 but it was horrible. After I replaced it with XP I've played CoD4, Bioshock, Mass Effect, and Cod: WaW with no problem.

@LocoRocker: They probably will, WoW is huge on the Mac and I can't see them not wanting the same for their game.

"
I use XP. I hate Vista with a passion. Vista is what made me switch from Windows to Mac. Also, how did you get those games to play properly? Because they were among the slew of games I tried (Oblivion, Mass Effect, Half Life 2, Counter Strike Source, Bioshock, Call of Duty 2 & 4, LOTRO, Fallout 3 to name a few) and the only ones I could get to run properly were either super optimized (Guild Wars for example), or old (Morrowind, UT1, Quake 3 for example). I was getting terrible FPS and/or dropping frames in games that were either new, or recent and I wasn't playing them on high or max settings.
#13 Posted by CrossTheAtlantic (1145 posts) -

I was shoehorned into getting Vista (don't ask), and despite a year of major frustration, it now works pretty well. Also, I'm running Bootcamp on a MBP. The games I run on here have all worked flawlessly (Oblivion, Mass Effect, L4D, Orange Box, and other Steam stuff), and as an architecture student, I'm constantly using 3d modeling and rendering programs and have never had an issue. I mean, I've had issues with the program, rendering 500mb files for 20 hours multiple times is liable to cause some major headaches and heartaches, but it's never been at the fault of the laptop (I'm not sure what would have more success, beyond a dedicated desktop which just isn't practical as a student) so much as a file issue, setting issue, or the like.

#14 Posted by Brontes_Muse (187 posts) -

I think it'll come out for the Mac.  EA's been good with the mac stuff.  EA's also making an old republic iphone game.  Bioware hasn't released anything on the mac, but Microsoft is no longer their publisher. 

#15 Posted by fingofongo (118 posts) -

I am amazed that this thread is 14 posts deep yet no one has said "lol mac gaming" yet


But yeah I hope this comes to OS X

I'm bootcamping XP on my MBP, but games don't run as well as I had hoped. 
#16 Posted by akfresh (31 posts) -

Pretty please Bioware.

#17 Posted by Lies (3866 posts) -

Hopefully it comes to Mac, I would really like to be able to play this game.

#18 Posted by Volgin13 (191 posts) -

Hopefully in the next interview these guys get they'll ask them. I'm a huge Star Wars fan and KOTOR is one of my favorite games of all time. I had been waiting for KOTOR 3. EA has released major properties onto mac like Medal of Honor, Sims, Spore, Command and Conquer, and also Warhammer Online. 
 
By the way KOTOR is available on Mac.  
http://www.amazon.com/Star-Wars-Knights-Old-Republic-Mac/dp/B00027IOEU/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&s=videogames&qid=1260137455&sr=8-7

#19 Posted by captain_clayman (3319 posts) -

probably 
i mean, WoW's doing it, Warhammer's doing it, C & C, Sims, Spore, they're all doing it 
why not SWTOR?

#20 Edited by Osphere (207 posts) -

It makes sense, from a business perspective.  Blizzard has fostered the growth of a Mac MMO community over the past 5 years (which has been in conjunction with the growth of the Mac platform in general), and TOR would be the first alternative to come along that is to any degree comparable in quality and value.  I'd wager that a large chunk of that established base would at least be curious to try it out after five years of effectively having WoW serve as the singular pillar of Mac gaming.   
 
Though if Bioware does decide to do this, I hope that it isn't a clunky port, like those often shelled out through Aspyr.

#21 Posted by Von (328 posts) -
@captain_clayman said:
" probably i mean, WoW's doing it, Warhammer's doing it, C & C, Sims, Spore, they're all doing it why not SWTOR? "
I hope not, if they're going to do it like 'all of them'. Of all those games, only WoW (and maybe Warhammer, haven't looked it up) runs with a truly native application. The rest of them is ciderized versions of Windows games and they run much slower and lacks some graphical effects. The worst offender is Sims 3, which doesn't support anti-aliasing and some lighting effects plus it's not optimized at ALL which adds to the general sluggishness.
#22 Posted by TheMustacheHero (6655 posts) -
@Von said:
" @captain_clayman said:
" probably i mean, WoW's doing it, Warhammer's doing it, C & C, Sims, Spore, they're all doing it why not SWTOR? "
I hope not, if they're going to do it like 'all of them'. Of all those games, only WoW (and maybe Warhammer, haven't looked it up) runs with a truly native application. The rest of them is ciderized versions of Windows games and they run much slower and lacks some graphical effects. The worst offender is Sims 3, which doesn't support anti-aliasing and some lighting effects plus it's not optimized at ALL which adds to the general sluggishness. "
Yeah Warhammer's  Mac release was a while ago, and they did it right too. You could automatically download the game free for Mac if you had already bought it for windows, now that's service.
#23 Posted by captain_clayman (3319 posts) -
@Von said:
" @captain_clayman said:
" probably i mean, WoW's doing it, Warhammer's doing it, C & C, Sims, Spore, they're all doing it why not SWTOR? "
I hope not, if they're going to do it like 'all of them'. Of all those games, only WoW (and maybe Warhammer, haven't looked it up) runs with a truly native application. The rest of them is ciderized versions of Windows games and they run much slower and lacks some graphical effects. The worst offender is Sims 3, which doesn't support anti-aliasing and some lighting effects plus it's not optimized at ALL which adds to the general sluggishness. "
a native port would be awesome, but a cider port, eh at least you get the general experience.
 
i do respect blizzard for making fully functional, NATIVE ports for all of their games, and it'd be SUPER cool if bioware started doing that too.  the mac market is starting to grow, game devs can't keep denying it FOREVER.
#24 Posted by Kombat (2205 posts) -

I hope so.  MMOs make more sense to release on a platform with a smaller install base compared to other computer games due to the subscription fee.

#25 Posted by Geno (6477 posts) -

Can Macs even run this game? They basically don't even have graphics cards. 

#26 Posted by grotto (18 posts) -
@Geno said:
" Can Macs even run this game? They basically don't even have graphics cards.  "
Macs definitely have graphics cards - iMac offers intel i5 and i7 w/ ATI 4850 on the iMac.  My next computer by the way - with the 27 inch screen.
#27 Posted by Geno (6477 posts) -
@grotto said:
" @Geno said:
" Can Macs even run this game? They basically don't even have graphics cards.  "
Macs definitely have graphics cards - iMac offers intel i5 and i7 w/ ATI 4850 on the iMac.  My next computer by the way - with the 27 inch screen. "

I was being slightly sarcastic.
#28 Posted by Systech (4078 posts) -

Man, I hope so. It probably will, but likely a few months from its PC release.

#29 Posted by j_drace (353 posts) -

I too am hoping for a Mac release since I prefer it over windows and use a Logitech Di Novo Edge wireless keyboard and Apple Magic Mouse, which are both not supported in XP so I would have to change my keyboard and mouse every time I'd want to play the game.

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