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Total War: Warhammer is now Available for Mac

It was disappointing when Total War: Warhammer was released on Windows with no signs of a macOS version.

But Total War: Warhammer for Mac version is finally available. Feral Interactive released it on April 18, 2017, and it can be downloaded here:

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The game stays true to the Total War formula and combines a turn-based campaign with real-time battles. Except the game dives into fantasy for the first time and includes gigantic monsters, flying creatures, legendary heroes and more.

Aside from a few server issues and bugs, it seems this is the real deal. Most reviewers loved it with some claiming:

Total War: Warhammer has done the best it can do with the legacy Total War engine, and is also a loving tribute to Warhammer.

And if you're wondering how well it runs, we tested it on 5 different machines for our Total War: Warhammer Mac performance review.

In the meantime, this impressive 4K 360° trailer does a good job at showing you what the game is capable of.

The game's minimum system requirements are the following:

  • OS: 10.12.4
  • Processor: Intel 2.0 GHz
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Hard Disk: 37GB
  • Graphics: 1.5GB

The game is supported on the following graphics cards:

  • All AMD graphics cards released from 2014 onwards
  • All Nvidia cards with 2GB+ VRAM released from 2012 onwards
  • Intel Iris Graphics 540 & 550 cards released from 2016 onwards

The following graphics cards are capable of running the game, but do not consistently meet the standards required for official support:

  • All Nvidia cards with 1 GB VRAM released from 2012 onwards
  • All Intel Iris and Iris Pro cards released from 2013 onwards apart from the 540 and 550 cards listed above.

But why did it take so long?

Feral Interactive released a Linux version of the game a long time ago and yet the Mac version was nowhere to be found. The silence and delays were frustrating, but in Feral's defense, the reason behind such delay was well known: Apple's Metal API.

Feral eventually broke the silence and explained that the state of Metal was preventing them from releasing their latest games on Mac. The technology was promising, but it was still too young and lacked key features. Other developers shared with me similar concerns behind closed doors.

Total War Warhammer Mac

For a long time, developers decided to keep Metal's shortcomings private (probably to avoid a conflict with Apple), but the situation was bad. Luckily, things are moving in the right direction now. With the release of Sierra 10.12.4, Metal gained key features that have finally enabled Feral to move forward:

We welcome the arrival of another update to macOS Sierra, 10.12.4, which brings our upcoming Mac games that much closer to release…

And since, many games using Metal have been released. The update was a game changer and I sense more games will be announced shortly.

Plus, Metal is supposed to improve performance (at least it did with World of Warcraft) so this could mean more and faster games for us in the near future.

6 Comments

  1. Paul Natsch

    I got Attila in a recent Humble Bundle and it's unplayable on my 2013 iMac 27" (3.2 GHz Intel Core i5, 16 GB 1600 MHz DDR3, NVIDIA GeForce GT 755M 1024 MB). Even at the lowest settings, which it defaults to. It also looks terrible at those settings. All of Feral's ports (except for Napoleon because I don't have that one yet) run well and look as well as you'd expect. I know my iMac isn't a gaming powerhouse but that's just ridiculous. So as much as I would love to get Rome 2 I just can't for those reasons. Same for Warhammer. It's a shame but as least we have Feral's TW ports, which I've only scratched the surface with, so I'll be enjoying TW goodness for a long time to come regardless.

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  2. Nan

    By the way, the one who pre-ordered this game, and later if you buy this game in the first week on Steam, you would get the "chaos warriors" for free! so this means a mac/linux user won't even have this chance to benefit on this special deal 🙁

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  3. Dingus Minkey

    but it didn't come out i looked at your source they didn't even f*cking specify its goddamn 2017 i want to play my it on this rotten crap that people call a computer

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  4. Herc

    Total War Warhammer coming to Mac in autumn, huh? It's now January and no Mac release date to be seen. It's on Linux though. Does anyone even use Linux? More importantly, is there any inkling as to when it's coming to Mac?

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  5. Dingus Minkey

    finally its actually here
    NOW THAT I HAVE A WINDOWS COMPUTER

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    • Ric

      Be that a lesson to everyone switching to Windows 😉

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