Mac Version Of The Old Republic: Coming Soon? Massively Reports
Over the course of three years following the game and running Ask A Jedi, in all of the interviews I’ve conducted with BioWare, LucasArts and Electronic Arts I’ve always asked about a Mac version of the game. I was never given a “no” answer, but rather some variation of “just Windows at this time” or “we can’t take about that yet.” In fact, our first-ever interview was with James Ohlen back at E3 in 2010, and he had this to say when asked about a Mac version of TOR (click for audio):
Ask A Jedi: What are your plans to support TOR on the Mac?
James Ohlen: Um, currently I can’t talk about Mac… can’t talk about that. The only thing I can say is we’re coming out on the PC.
We even did Blue Milk & Cereal not too long ago that showed over 34% of the respondents would play TOR on a Mac if it was an option to them. That’s more than 1/3 of the players, and similar to a poll of World of Warcraft players.
I’m a pretty staunch supporter of the Mac. Heck, I wouldn’t even own Windows if it wasn’t for Star Wars: The Old Republic. There was just no need for it in my daily professional and personal life. So imagine my excitement when I read Ben Gilbert’s post on Massively today, summarizing a discussion he had with BioWare co-founders Dr. Ray Muzyka and Dr. Greg Zeschuk about the importance of the Mac market:
“I’d say ‘not yet,’” Zeschuk assured me when I told him that, as a BioWare fan, I’m unable to play The Old Republic on my less than two-year-old MacBook. Though Muzyka was quick to remind me that I cantechnically play the game on a Windows partition, he also admitted that it wasn’t an ideal situation. “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.”
While the statement is far from an official announcement, seeing the Doctor’s speak of it, I have great confidence that given BioWare’s past track record, and seeing how well Blizzard has done with the Mac version of World of Warcraft, it’s only a matter of time before we see a Mac version of TOR.
Now, let’s hope it’s a truly native version and not a Cider port or some other virtualization layer. If it is all that I will hope it will be, I’ll be placing my recently built Windows rig on eBay faster than you can say iPad 3.
Hop on over to Massively for the full read.