Guild Wars 2 launched earlier this month to great success and fairly high critical praise. Personally I’ve had more fun with Guild Wars 2 than any other MMO since EverQuest and vanilla WoW. However, the game was released as a PC exclusive, barring access to millions of fans of a certain brand of overpriced hardware made by a certain fruit-inspired company.
But no more, as yesterday it was announced that a Mac version of Guild Wars 2 is pretty much good to go. The beta version of the client is available for download right now for anyone who owns the game. Apparently a bit of pseudo-emulation-based sorcery via Cider was involved in getting the game to run on Mac:
“To bring Guild Wars 2 to the Mac, ArenaNet worked with our partners at TransGaming, whose Cider technology allows us to mirror the game experience as closely as possible between the PC and Mac. This means that future updates to Guild Wars 2 will be available for both platforms simultaneously.”
More people getting to play an awesome game. That’s great. Of course, Mac users could already play via Bootcamp, but having a version that can run natively is sure to be far preferable. Too many would-be “WoW killers” fail to launch with Mac support, losing out on plenty of potential sales. Blizzard’s games have launched with full support for both PC and Mac for years now, with good reason. The market is too big to justifiably ignore at this point.