World of Warcraft’s latest expansion, Battle for Azeroth, was released for Mac and Windows on August 14, 2018.
Battle for Azeroth picks right after the events that took place in the previous expansion. Stopping the Legion’s crusade reignited the eternal conflict between Horde and Alliance. Now both factions have to travel to faraway lands to persuade the trolls from Zandalar and other races to join their cause.
As can be expected from a World of Warcraft (WoW) expansion, Battle for Azeroth introduces new zones to explore, new World Bosses (taking a page from Guild Wars 2‘s book), new raids and dungeons, new races and a new level cap of 120. There will be 6 new playable races in total, including the Highmountain Tauren, Nightborne, Void Elf, and Lightforged Draenei.
If you want to learn more about the expansion, Blizzard did a great job summarizing and explaining all the features and updates here:
But much more noteworthy is the inclusion of new game mode called Warfront. In Warfront, you can take part in huge 20-player cooperative PvE battles that mimic real-time strategy games such as the old-school classic Warcraft 3.
Battle for Azeroth on Mac: Everything you need to know about
These are the official Battle for Azeroth Mac system requirements:
- OS: OS X 10.12
- Processor: Intel Core i5-760
- Graphics card: NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M, ATI Radeon R9 M290 or Intel HD 530 or better
- A Metal capable GPU
- Memory: 4 GB RAM
- Hard drive space: 70 GB
Notice the requirements are higher than previous vanilla World of Warcraft. If your Mac already struggled with WoW, you may want to upgrade to a new machine before jumping into Battle for Azeroth…
That said, the game does support older integrated graphics cards such as the Intel HD 530 which means Macs from 2013 onwards should be able to handle it.
I’m particularly interested to see how well this new version uses Apple’s Metal API. WoW’s previous expansion introduced Metal for the first time and generated spectacular improvements. According to our tests, the Metal version was 66% faster than the OpenGL version.
Apple has done a lot to improve Metal since, and hopefully, Battle for Azeroth brings even more improvements.
I will test the game on all of our Macs as soon as possible. Stay tuned for the results.