War Thunder on M1 Mac: Can it run on Apple Silicon?

Delete icon BIGNo, War Thunder still cannot run on M1 Macs.

War Thunder in an MMO unlike no other. Instead of taking place in a medieval universe full of magic, elves, and dragons, War Thunder takes place in a World War 2 universe filled with tanks, planes, and warships.

War Thunder is also a generous free-to-play game that can offer hundreds of hours of entertainment without requiring you to take out your wallet.

War Thunder on Mac

War Thunder’s Mac version features everything the Windows of the game does. On top of that, the game supports cross-platform multiplayer, meaning you can play the game with your Windows friends:

Genre: MMO 64-Bit Support: War Thunder on M1 Mac: Can it run on Apple Silicon? 4 M1 Support: Unsupported
Developer: Gaijin Entertainment API: Metal M1 Performance: NA

Is War Thunder worth it? The reviews

War Thunder Mac gameplay

War Thunder’s popularity cannot be denied. It’s still one of the most played games on Steam (Top 30 at the time of this writing), which isn’t surprising given how much reviewers and gamers alike enjoy it:

81 Metascore

War Thunder on M1 Mac: Can it run on Apple Silicon? 5 80% Reviews

War Thunder Mac requirements

These are the game’s official Mac requirements:

Minimum Requirements
OS: 10.15
Processor: Intel Core i5
Memory: 6 GB RAM
Graphics: Intel Iris Pro 5200
Hard Drive: 17 GB
Metal support is required

Chat icon Note that according to these system requirements, older Macs with last-gen integrated graphics should not be able to run it.

War Thunder M1 Mac support

War Thunder on M1 Mac: Can it run on Apple Silicon? 6 No, War Thunder still cannot run on M1 Macs. Not even with Rosetta 2.

Last Updated: Jan 30, 2021.

What is Rosetta 2? Rosetta 2 is a translation process that enables an M1 Mac with Apple silicon to use apps built for Intel-based Macs.

The game was tested on the following M1 Mac:

  • 13-inch MacBook Air (2020): Apple M1 chip with 8-core CPU, 8 GB RAM

As you can see below, the game is still exclusively written for Intel-based Macs, which is usually not an issue thanks to Rosetta 2. But in this case, War Thunder still cannot run on M1 Macs:

War Thunder Metal support

You can open the game and even get to the menus, but once you try to start a match, the screen will freeze until you manually force quit the game.

War Thunder on M1 Macs

An ongoing issue, confirmed

We weren’t the only ones encountering this problem. According to this long thread on the official War Thunder forums, the game simply cannot run on M1 Macs, and as far we know, no solution is being worked on.

Tested versions:

  • MacBook Air: MacOS Big Sur version 11.1
  • War Thunder: Version

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