After finally setting a definitive release date for Total War: Warhammer, Feral Interactive reveals another surprise:

F1 2016 Mac version is now available for Mac.

It’s been three years since a new F1 game was released on Mac and I’m glad Feral managed to lock down one of the best-rated Formula 1 games from recent times.

Released on April 6, 2017, for Mac and in August 2016 for Windows, the game was received with 85% Very Positive reviews on Steam and a 86 Metascore.

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Other than featuring the official 2016 World Championship, including the full calendar of 21 tracks and roster of 22 drivers and 11 teams, F1 2016 introduces improved graphics and the iconic Safety car for the first time.

The game also goes to lengths to add more drama to what goes on behind the scenes. You can now work with your agent, engineer and a whole team to improve your car.

F1 2016’s Mac version is also the first port from Feral to use Apple’s Metal API and that should greatly improve the port’s performance. According to Feral:

F1 2016 has the latest photorealistic rendering effects, such as dynamic smoke, grass and hair, as well as the smoothest possible anti-aliasing.

Metal makes more efficient use of the processor and graphics card than was previously possible, so F1 2016 runs on a wide range of Macs.

The game requires a 2.8Ghz Intel Core i5 processor with 8GB RAM and a 2GB NVIDIA 680, AMD R9 280M, Intel Iris 540 graphics card or better.

F1 2016’s Mac recommended requirements call for a 3.3Ghz Intel Core i7 processor with 16GB RAM and a 4GB AMD R9 395X graphics card.

 

Another sign of Metal’s recent improvement

We knew the latest update to Apple’s Metal would make a difference. Several developers were officially stuck because Metal was missing some key features, but it seems MacOS 10.12.4 has solved most issues.

Total War: Warhammer will also use Metal when released later this month, Obduction was finally released last week, and I’m sure more announcements will follow.

It’s also interesting that Feral will not release F1 2016 for Linux. As a reminder, F1 2015, which was canceled for Mac, was released for Linux last year. But it seems sales were not strong enough to encourage Codemasters and Feral to give F1 2016’s Linux version a try.

At least this means Codemasters still has confidence on the Mac platform. Certainly because the sales of previous ports were good enough. With Dirt Rally for Mac also around the corner, if both sell well, perhaps Codemasters will give the green light for a Dirt 4 Mac port. A man can dream, right?

With Metal finally delivering, which game do you think will be revealed next?

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