Yes. Games publishers are finally taking the Mac seriously as a gaming platform. Proof:
Aspyr is bringing us the smash hit Borderlands 2 this very month. Clearly pleased with the work Aspyr has done with other ports (notably Civilization V), what’s especially interesting is that arch-rivals Feral Interactive didn’t get a shot at it (after themselves having ported the original Borderlands).
Aspyr had this to say:
Aspyr prides itself on bringing the best in gaming to the Mac audience. Borderlands 2 is definitely among the best. Most sequels have a hard time living up to the first, but Borderlands 2 manages to improve on every cool aspect of Borderlands, and still finds a way to wrap the player up in a new story with a new experience.
The game will be available on November 20, with the Mechromancer and Captain Scarlett DLCs also available for purchase. It will initially debut on Steam* (with full Steamworks support) and “other digital outlets” with a Mac App Store release to follow at an undisclosed time, because Apple. It’ll have multiplayer, and you’ll even be able to use the DLC season pass (although there might be a delay between the Windows and Mac releases of future DLC.
The Windows version game was largely well received, with Jim Rossignol calling it “a sort of super-healthy offspring from the original: genetically superior and displaying all the original game’s standout traits with flair and confidence”.
Minimum System Requirements
Operating System: 10.7.5 (Lion), 10.8.2 (Mountain Lion) CPU Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo (Dual-Core)
CPU Speed: 2.2GHz
Memory: 4 GB RAM
Hard Disk Space: 13 GB
Video Card (ATI): Radeon HD 2600
Video Card (NVidia): Geforce 8800
Video Memory (VRam): 256 MB
Peripherals: Macintosh mouse and keyboard
Supported Video Cards:
NVIDIA GeForce® 8800, GT 120, 320M, 330M, 650M
ATI Radeon HD 3870, HD 4670, HD 4850, HD 5670, HD 5750, HD 5770, HD 5870, HD 6630, HD 6490, HD 6750, HD 6770, HD 6970
Intel HD Graphics 3000, 4000
Gamepad support: Borderlands 2 supports the Xbox 360 wired gamepad only.
Recommended System Requirements
CPU Processor: Intel Quad Core
CPU Speed: 2.4 GHz
Memory: 4 GB RAM
Video Memory (VRam): 512MB
*Apple original CPU’s only, CPU upgrades not supported.
NOTICE: The following video chipsets are unsupported for Borderlands 2:
- ATI RADEON HD 2000 series
- NVIDIA 8600m
- NVIDIA 9400m, 9600m
NOTICE: Apple Intel Chipsets only. Power PC Processors (G4 and G5) are not supported. NOTICE: Intel(r) integrated video chipsets are not supported.
NOTICE: This game is not supported on volumes formatted as Mac OS Extended (Case Sensitive)
Intriguingly, the minimum specs also list a range of Nvidia cards this time around, so maybe Aspyr have some advanced knowledge of some new drivers due to be released soon.
It would be prudent to not assume that the Windows version will automatically get you the Mac version, after what happened with Black Ops.
UPDATE: GameAgent confirms that it will indeed have SteamPlay, so buy the Windows version and you’ll automatically get the Mac version.