Good news, Mac-owning LotRO fans!

The upcoming Riders of Rohan expansion for LotRO from Turbine

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.

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3 Responses to “Good news, Mac-owning LotRO fans!”

  1. August 25, 2012 at 04:59 #

    My iMac and myself approve of this development! /. Currently EVE and Warhammer Online are the only MMO’s I can enjoy in a Mac environment. Not into WoW at all these days, as you know, and CoH isn’t my thing. I still play LOTRO a lot and it would be awesome to do so without having to use bootcamp. I spend far too much time in Windows these days…

    • August 25, 2012 at 10:10 #

      I hadn’t realised you were a fellow Mac user!

      And yeah, I too approve of this development :) My Mac Pro isn’t fit for gaming on any more, it being so old, but I’m planning on replacing it with a new Pro either this year or (if I can hold out til the new models) next year. It’d be very nice to be able to leave the gaming PC switched off sometimes.

  2. Bruce Baugh
    September 18, 2012 at 00:30 #

    This is all late and stuff but I’m really glad to know. :)

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