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F1 2016's Mac Version is Finally Available

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

F1 2016's Mac version is now available.

We had to go three years without a Formula 1 game on MacOS and it was starting to feel like developer Codemasters had moved on (especially after the cancellation of F1 2015 for macOS mid-way through production). I'm glad Feral managed to lock down this deal and deliver the top-rated Formula 1 games in years and what could be one of the best racing games for Mac.

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

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 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.

The game's 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 strange that Feral will not release F1 2016 for Linux, although 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 our platform of choice, certainly because sales from previous games were good enough. Who knows, if DiRT Rally and F1 2017 sell well, perhaps Codemasters will give the green light for a Dirt 4... One can dream, right?

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