Guild Wars 2 Players Get Free Mac OS X Beta

September 18, 2012 -

We have served a fair share of negative news about Guild Wars 2, so we are always eager to mention something good about the game (which by most accounts is a pretty awesome game experience - bannings and hacking schemes aside) when it happens. The good news is that a beta of the popular online RPG is coming to Mac OS X today. The Guild Wars 2 beta will be connected to the game's main live servers, which will allow Mac and Windows computers to play together, according to publisher NCSoft. Also the Mac Beta is free to anyone who bought the PC version of the game. To use it, players will have to activate their game code and use the Guild Wars 2 account management site to gain access to the beta client.

The beta was made possible through ArenaNet's partnership with TransGaming, a company known for its great work on porting PC games to the Mac.

Anyone who purchases Guild Wars 2 today and going forward will be able to play it on both PC and Mac and the game will be a universal purchase even after the Mac beta closes so players only need to buy the game once to use it on either platform. Good deal.

You can learn more about it here.

Source: Polygon

 


Comments

Re: Guild Wars 2 Players Get Free Mac OS X Beta

I would have rather had a 64-bit client, or a DX11 client, or a client that actually makes use of my GPU, then have them waste time on a Mac client.  It serves the smallest subset of their playerbase.

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Re: Guild Wars 2 Players Get Free Mac OS X Beta

Wait. You want them to ignore a subset of their player base that could number in the thousands if not more, in order to focus their attention on you, a single person? That makes no sense.

Re: Guild Wars 2 Players Get Free Mac OS X Beta

You think I'm the only person who wants a 64-bit client or DX11 support?  Or are you claiming I'm the only one of 2 million + GW2 players who has a 64-bit OS and DX11 card?

The subsections of the playerbase that want either of those, if not both, is FAAAR larger than people that want a Mac client, I'm sure.  Which is my point - if the Mac "gaming community" is large enough for its own client, why do they get appeased first?

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Re: Guild Wars 2 Players Get Free Mac OS X Beta

I think you may be missing the point. For that matter, so are the devs.

The point of having a client available on a different architecture is to reach new clients, not provide something to old clients. Are you willing to pay to buy GW2 again in order to get DX11 or 64 bit? Probably not, and I don't blame you. Are there people who have compatible systems, but won't buy GW2 until it gets DX11 or 64 bit? Possibly, but probably not as many.

A mac client would be bought by people who have Macs and don't want to dual boot or emulate in order to play a game. Although I have to admit that buying the PC version and getting a beta quality Mac client is probably also not that tempting an offer.

Re: Guild Wars 2 Players Get Free Mac OS X Beta

This might have merit, if it weren't for the fact that it implies that the number of people who own a Mac AND PC game without dual-booting or PC emulation is more than people who won't buy the game without a DX11 client or 64-bit support.  Neither of us can say for sure.

Considering how fast this game has sold and is still selling, and the fact that their previous game sold almost seven million copies without a Mac client, along with the statements they made in the announcement, I'd say this isn't a move to sell more copies.  It's to appease a faction of the current playerbase.

--- With the first link, the chain is forged.
 
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