Several dozen games ported for macOS
One developer in particular has stood out in this area over the past ten years: the American Ethan Lee ported several dozen games for macOS. The more than three dozen titles he has provided include Rogue Legacy, Eversion, Escape Goat, and Skulls of the Shogun. Lee is also known for his lead work in the development of FNA, the open source alternative to Microsoft’s XNA gaming runtime, which was discontinued years ago.
No new games for the Mac
Now, however, Lee has announcedthat he will not port any more games to macOS and will focus on Linux and Windows in the future. The developer justifies this step, among other things, with the fact that Apple has made a change of course with the Mac in recent years, which he does not want to and cannot follow. The Californian group has abandoned more and more open standards such as OpenGL and is relying on in-house developments such as Metal. That makes porting more difficult and requires considerable effort, which independent developers in particular can hardly afford.
Existing games will continue to be supported
So 2021 will be the year for him, writes Lee, in which he will have to stop Mac support. However, he will not immediately stop supporting the games he has already ported to Apple’s computer. Those who have purchased a Mac version can of course continue to use it. This promise is underlined by the fact that Lee released updates for more than 30 games just a few days ago. He also wants to at least try to port some existing games for new Macs with Apple Silicon. However, because of Apple’s product policy, he is not ready to replace his older MacBook with a new device from Cupertino. At the latest when the existing computer from Cupertino gives up its ghost, Lee finally stops his activities for macOS.