That’s definitely one of the things we’re looking at next. We want to get this launch under our belt and everything stabilized and happy, and then we’ll look at other platforms, and (native Mac version of SWTOR is) obviously one of the first ones.
Star Wars: The Old Republic has been out for 14 days and it’s been quite the experience so far. SWTOR’s been logging some impressive stats including but not limited to:
- Over 60 million in-game hours — roughly equivalent to watching all six Star Wars movies over 4 million times
- Over 850,000 Sith Warriors and over 810,000 Jedi Knights created
- Over 260 million quests completed
- Over 44 million PvP battles
- Over 9 million space combat missions completed
- Over 3 billion NPCs killed
One of the issues that we Mac users have had since the launch was the lack of the ability to play SWTOR on a Mac! Well there’s the Boot Camp option that we discussed previously but it’s never an ideal solution. Don’t get me wrong, Boot Camp works great with SWTOR, but it just feels wrong for some of us to have to boot into Windows in order to play a game.
BioWare’s Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk, during their recent interview with Massively in Manhattan, noted that they they “know there’s a big Mac audience of BioWare fans” and that they “know that (they’re) an important and large audience“. Muzyka went further to say “We’ve done a lot of Mac ports before of our games. We haven’t announced any details yet for The Old Republic, but we know that’s an important and large audience“.
We aren’t sure when we’d be seeing the native Mac version of Star Wars: The Old Republic, but it’s certainly relieving to know that BioWare hasn’t forgotten about us, Mac gamers. With Blizzard’s success with the native Mac version of World of Warcraft, it seemed inevitable that BioWare would have to develop a native Mac version for their latest MMO. There’s a huge gamer-base that currently uses Macs and it would be foolish not to allow us to play ‘normally’ on our Macs.
As always, we’ll keep you posted about the latest about SWTOR and Mac support. In the meantime, check out the Boot Camp option – although not ideal, it still produces some great performance numbers for SWTOR.
I also checked on the Wine support for SWTOR and it still seems to be unplayable on the Mac. I’ll keep you folks posted with the latest, as always.
May the Force be with you
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