Elite: Dangerous for Mac: Update introduces a Deadly Alien Race
Elite: Dangerous, the hotly anticipated space-adventure game from Frontier Developments, was released for MacOS on May 12, 2015.
The game went through a limited Mac beta release to iron out performance issues and bugs, and happy to report it was a success. Elite: Dangerous for Mac is a well-optimized port, but it remains a very demanding game that will require a powerful machine to run.
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 few funds and then take on an open world galaxy. You can go at it legally or illegally, through missions, combat, trading, bounty-hunting, piracy, and assassination.
And the game continues to grow thanks to free updates from the developer.
Encounters that will make your blood run cold
There have been reports of Alien sightings in the game since January 2017. These encounters have continued to escalate since, until it all went overboard with Elite: Dangerous' latest update called The Return, released on September 26, 2017.
- Inbox Revamp - Various quality of life improvements and a new look
- New Chained Missions
- Updated route plotting system
- Added search and rescue contacts to stations across the galaxy
- New and improved salvage scenarios added to support search and rescue gameplay
- Added more mysterious locations they're not going to tell us about...
And of particular interest to Mac users, the update brings:
- Fixed a specific issue with asteroid decals having bright textures when mining
- Fixed a specific issue that saw station lights rendering through your ship's geometry
- Fixed an issue with gas giants not rendering correctly
A great game for those who have the right hardware
As said before, the game's system requirements are very demanding:
- 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
- OS 10.10.x
Pay particular attention to the graphics requirements. If your machine doesn't have a GeForce GT 650M or better, I wouldn't risk it...
You can get the game on Steam.