Elite: Dangerous, the hotly anticipated space-adventure game from Frontier Developments is now available for Mac. After a limited beta release that started early April, Elite: Dangerous was officially released on Mac today, May 12.

The game was released in December 2014 for PC, and ever since, we’ve been waiting impatiently for a Mac release. So much so, a few of you insisted that it had to be part of my 2015’s Most Anticipated Mac games.

Elite: Dangerous is a space adventure, trading, and combat simulator taking place in a realistic 1:1 scale galaxy based on the real Milky Way. The game is the sequel to Frontier: First Encounters, the third game in the Elite series, released in 1995.

In Elite: Dangerous, you start with a spaceship and a small amount of funds and then take on an open world galaxy (comprised of about 400 billion star systems!). You can go at it legally or illegally, through missions, combat, trading, bounty-hunting, piracy and assassination. This is also the first in the series to feature online multiplayer:

The Mac system requirements were very demanding during the beta phase, but Frontier Developments managed to optimize the Mac version of the game and reduce the minimum system requirements significantly:

  • 2.3 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5
  • 4 GB RAM
  • NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M with 1GB video memory
  • 8 GB of hard drive space
  • Mac OS 10.10.x

By the way, you can download the original 1984 version of Elite for the Macintosh for free!

Are you eager to give it a try? You can get the game on Steam for $59.99.

For more information, head on to Frontier Developments’ store.