No, War Thunder still cannot run on M1 Macs.
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:||M1 Support:||Unsupported|
|Developer:||Gaijin Entertainment||API:||Metal||M1 Performance:||NA|
Is War Thunder worth it? The reviews
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:
War Thunder Mac requirements
These are the game’s official Mac requirements:
|Processor:||Intel Core i5|
|Memory:||6 GB RAM|
|Graphics:||Intel Iris Pro 5200|
|Hard Drive:||17 GB|
|Metal support is required|
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
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:
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.
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.
- MacBook Air: MacOS Big Sur version 11.1
- War Thunder: Version 126.96.36.199
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