With the de-NDA-ification of Riders of Rohan, the upcoming LotRO expansion, comes the news that Turbine’s been working on a native Mac client for LotRO.
My main Mac is a little past its best for gaming now (it’s a six-year-old Mac Pro), but I’ve long thought that developers ignored the Mac at their own risk. There are so few MMOs available for the Mac that those that are (such as WoW) have something of a captive audience. Off the top of my head, I can only think of WoW, EVE and CoH that cater to the Mac market. Even before they were a phenomenon, Blizzard has always made an effort to develop all their games in a Mac-playable variant – and in fact their install discs always had the installers for both OSes right on the same disc. I know a lot of Mac users who really appreciated the consideration, and I’m pretty sure Blizzard profited handily from it. (Well, if it hadn’t been profitable, they wouldn’t have kept doing it, would they?)
I really hope this pays off for Turbine, because I’d love to see more developers follow suit.