Will NS be coming to Mac?

RideRide Join Date: 2003-11-11 Member: 22511Members
Now that Steam is coming to Mac (including Half-Life and its fellas), will NS be coming to Mac, too? Im not sure if UWE actually has to recode anything, but I can imagine certain adaptions will have to be made in order for NS to function properly.

UWE: Do you have any insight in how mods are going to be shipped over to the Mac version of Steam?

<a href="http://www.valvesoftware.com/news.php?id=3568" target="_blank">http://www.valvesoftware.com/news.php?id=3568</a>

<!--quoteo--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE </div><div class='quotemain'><!--quotec-->March 8, 2010 - Valve announced today it will bring Steam, Valve's gaming service, and Source, Valve's gaming engine, to the Mac.

Steam and Valve's library of games including Left 4 Dead 2, Team Fortress 2, Counter-Strike, Portal, and the Half-Life series will be available in April.

"As we transition from entertainment as a product to entertainment as a service, customers and developers need open, high-quality Internet clients," said Gabe Newell, President of Valve. "The Mac is a great platform for entertainment services."

"Our Steam partners, who are delivering over a thousand games to 25 million Steam clients, are very excited about adding support for the Mac," said Jason Holtman, Director of Business Development at Valve. "Steamworks for the Mac supports all of the Steamworks APIs, and we have added a new feature, called Steam Play, which allows customers who purchase the product for the Mac or Windows to play on the other platform free of charge. For example, Steam Play, in combination with the Steam Cloud, allows a gamer playing on their work PC to go home and pick up playing the same game at the same point on their home Mac. We expect most developers and publishers to take advantage of Steam Play."

"We looked at a variety of methods to get our games onto the Mac and in the end decided to go with native versions rather than emulation," said John Cook, Director of Steam Development. "The inclusion of WebKit into Steam, and of OpenGL into Source gives us a lot of flexibility in how we move these technologies forward. We are treating the Mac as a tier-1 platform so all of our future games will release simultaneously on Windows, Mac, and the Xbox 360. Updates for the Mac will be available simultaneously with the Windows updates. Furthermore, Mac and Windows players will be part of the same multiplayer universe, sharing servers, lobbies, and so forth. We fully support a heterogeneous mix of servers and clients. The first Mac Steam client will be the new generation currently in beta testing on Windows."

Portal 2 will be Valve's first simultaneous release for Mac and Windows. "Checking in code produces a PC build and Mac build at the same time, automatically, so the two platforms are perfectly in lock-step," said Josh Weier, Portal 2 Project Lead. "We're always playing a native version on the Mac right alongside the PC. This makes it very easy for us and for anyone using Source to do game development for the Mac."

Support for the Mac in Source and Steamworks is available to third parties immediately. Interested developers should contact Jason Holtman at jasonh@valvesoftware.com.<!--QuoteEnd--></div><!--QuoteEEnd-->


  • puzlpuzl The Old Firm Join Date: 2003-02-26 Member: 14029Retired Developer, NS1 Playtester, Forum Moderators, Constellation
    They will have to replace DirectX with OpenGL and rewrite any windows specific code to be portable. Then they'll have to build the mod for OS X as part of their release process.
  • RideRide Join Date: 2003-11-11 Member: 22511Members
    edited March 2010
    Ugh, so its kinda like the BUS. darn.

    Thanks for the insight!
  • MaxMax Technical Director, Unknown Worlds Entertainment Join Date: 2002-03-15 Member: 318Super Administrators, Retired Developer, NS1 Playtester, Forum Moderators, NS2 Developer, Constellation, Subnautica Developer, Pistachionauts, Future Perfect Developer
    I assumed from the announcement that when they say Counter-Strike and the Half-Life series, they are talking about the Source versions of those games.
  • SekerSeker Join Date: 2007-03-06 Member: 60259Members
    edited March 2010
    <!--quoteo--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE </div><div class='quotemain'><!--quotec-->March 8, 2010 - Valve announced today it will bring Steam, Valve's gaming service, <b>and Source, Valve's gaming engine</b>, to the Mac.<!--QuoteEnd--></div><!--QuoteEEnd-->

    Edit from Tf2 blog

    <!--quoteo--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE </div><div class='quotemain'><!--quotec-->Yesterday, we announced that Steam and all our Source engine games will be coming to the Mac<!--QuoteEnd--></div><!--QuoteEEnd-->
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