Last year, we were so obsessed with Apple deprecating OpenGL (spoiler: no real consequences have been seen one year later), we missed the real issue looming on the horizon: the removal of 32-bit support.

With the latest version of macOS, Catalina, games not updated to 64-bit no longer work at all. And with Catalina’s surprise release, on October 7, this means you won’t be able to play several games you own if you decide to upgrade.

Some developers, such as Aspyr and Feral Interactive, have been proactive about which of their back-catalog games won’t be updated to 64-bit. But there are potentially hundreds of 32-bit Mac games that will never be updated.

To help you navigate these uncertain times, we decided to track all the Mac games we know won’t be updated:

GameDeveloperGenreStatus
Age of empires 3Ensemble StudiosStrategy

Not Yet Updated

Age of MythologyEnsemble StudiosStrategy

Not Yet Updated

Age of Wonders 3Triumph StudiosStrategy

Not Yet Updated

All Big Fish GamesBig Fish GamesVarious

Not Yet Updated

Amnesia: A Machine for PigsFrictional GamesHorror

Not Yet Updated

Amnesia: The Dark DescentFrictional GamesHorror

Not Yet Updated

Anna - Extended EditionDreampaintersAdventure

Not Yet Updated

Anna's QuestDaedalicAdventure

Not Yet Updated

Anomaly 211 Bit StudiosStrategy

Not Yet Updated

Assassin's Creed 2UbisoftAction

Not Yet Updated

Back to the FutureTelltale GamesAdventure

Not Yet Updated

Ballistic OverloadAquiris Game StudioFPS

Not Yet Updated

BattleBlock TheaterThe BehemothAction

Discontinued

Battlestations: MidwayFeral InteractiveAction

Discontinued

Battlestations: PacificFeral InteractiveAction

Discontinued

Bejeweled 3PopCap GamesPuzzle

Not Yet Updated

BioShock 2Feral InteractiveFPS

Not Yet Updated

Bioshock InfiniteAspyrFPS

Discontinued

Borderlands: The Pre-SequelAspyrFPS

Discontinued

BrawlhallaBlue MammothAction

Not Yet Updated

Broken AgeDouble FineAdventure

Not Yet Updated

Broken Sword: Director's CutRevolution SoftwareAdventure

Not Yet Updated

Bugdom 2Pangea SoftwareAction

Discontinued

Call of DutyAspyrFPS

Discontinued

Call of Duty 2AspyrFPS

Discontinued

Call of Duty 4AspyrFPS

Discontinued

Call of Duty Black OpsAspyrFPS

Discontinued

Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2AspyrFPS

Discontinued

Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3AspyrFPS

Discontinued

Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey MouseFeral InteractiveAdventure

Discontinued

Cave StoryStudio PixelAdventure

Not Yet Updated

Chaos RebornSnapshot GamesRPG

Not Yet Updated

Chaos RebornSnapshot GamesRPG

Not Yet Updated

Civilization IVAspyrStrategy

Discontinued

Civilization IV: ColonizationAspyrStrategy

Discontinued

Counter-Strike: SourceValveFPS

Not Yet Updated

CSR RacingBoss AlienRacing

Not Yet Updated

Dead IslandTechlandFPS

Not Yet Updated

Deus Ex Human RevolutionFeral InteractiveFPS

Not Yet Updated

Diablo IIBlizzardRPG

Not Yet Updated

Dirt 3Feral InteractiveRacing

Discontinued

DiRT ShowdownCodemastersRacing

Not Yet Updated

DistanceRefract StudiosRacing

Not Yet Updated

Don't Starve TogetherKlei EntertainmentSurvival

Not Yet Updated

Doom 3AspyrFPS

Discontinued

Duke Nukem ForeverAspyrFPS

Discontinued

Dungeons and Dragons OnlineTurbineMMO

Not Yet Updated

Empire: Total WarFeral InteractiveStrategy

Not Yet Updated

Escape Velocity: NovaAmbrosia SoftwareAdventure

Not Yet Updated

Europa Universalis 4Paradox DevelopmentStrategy

Not Yet Updated

FahrenheitAspyrAction

Discontinued

FlatOut 2Bugbear EntertainmentRacing

Not Yet Updated

Geometry Wars 3AspyrAction

Discontinued

Grand Theft Auto: San AndreasRockstarAction

Not Yet Updated

GRID 2Feral InteractiveRacing

Discontinued

Grim Fandango RemasteredDouble FineAdventure

Not Yet Updated

GTA San AndreasRockstarAction

Not Yet Updated

GunpointSuspicious DevelopmentsAction

Not Yet Updated

Guts and GloryHakJak ProductionsRacing

Not Yet Updated

Half-LifeValveFPS

Not Yet Updated

Half-Life 2ValveFPS

Not Yet Updated

Hearts of Iron 4Paradox DevelopmentStrategy

Not Yet Updated

HeathstoneBlizzardStrategy

Not Yet Updated

Heroes of Might and Magic VNivalStrategy

Not Yet Updated

Homeworld Remastered CollectionAspyrStrategy

Discontinued

Hyper Light DrifterHeart MachineRPG

Not Yet Updated

Invisible, Inc.Klei EntertainmentAction

Not Yet Updated

Killing FloorTripwire InteractiveFPS

Not Yet Updated

Kingdom: ClassicNoioStrategy

Not Yet Updated

Left 4 Dead
ValveFPS

Not Yet Updated

Left 4 Dead 2ValveFPS

Not Yet Updated

LEGO BatmanFeral InteractiveAdventure

Discontinued

LEGO Batman 2: DC Super HeroesFeral InteractiveAdventure

Discontinued

LEGO Batman 3: Beyond GothamFeral InteractiveAdventure

Discontinued

LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7Feral InteractiveAdventure

Discontinued

LEGO Indiana Jones 2Feral InteractiveAdventure

Discontinued

LEGO Star Wars III: Clone WarsFeral InteractiveAdventure

Discontinued

Lord of the Rings OnlineTurbineMMO

Not Yet Updated

Mafia 2
Feral InteractiveAction

Not Yet Updated

Max Payne 3Rockstar GamesAction

Not Yet Updated

Mini NinjasFeral InteractiveAdventure

Discontinued

Monaco Pocketwatch GamesAction

Not Yet Updated

Myth 2BungieStrategy

Not Yet Updated

Nanosaur 2: HatchlingPangea SoftwareAction

Discontinued

Never AloneUpper One GamesAdventure

Not Yet Updated

Neverwinter Nights: EnhancedBeamdogRPG

Not Yet Updated

Otto MaticPangea SoftwareAdventure

Discontinued

Papers, Please Lucas PopeSimulation

Not Yet Updated

Papers, PleaseLucas PopeSimulation

Not Yet Updated

Pillars of EternityObsidian EntertainmentRPG

Not Yet Updated

PortalValveFPS

Not Yet Updated

Portal 2ValveFPS

Not Yet Updated

PreyAspyrFPS

Discontinued

PsychonautsDouble FineAction

Not Yet Updated

Punch ClubLazy Bear GamesRPG

Not Yet Updated

Quake 4AspyrFPS

Discontinued

RAGEAspyrFPS

Discontinued

Rayman OriginsFeral InteractiveAdventure

Discontinued

RC Mini RacersDecaneRacing

Not Yet Updated

Secret of Monkey Island: Special EditionAspyrAdventure

Discontinued

SEGA Superstars TennisFeral InteractiveSports

Discontinued

Serious Sam 3: BFECroteamFPS

Not Yet Updated

Shadow Warrior Flying Wild HogFPS

Not Yet Updated

ShadowFight 2NekkiFighting

Not Yet Updated

Shadowrun ReturnsHarebrained SchemesRPG

Not Yet Updated

Sid Meier's Pirates!Feral InteractiveStrategy

Discontinued

The Sims 2: Castaway StoriesAspyrSimulation

Discontinued

The Sims 2: Life StoriesAspyrSimulation

Discontinued

The Sims 2: Pet StoriesAspyrSimulation

Discontinued

Sonic & SEGA All-Stars RacingFeral InteractiveRacing

Discontinued

Spec Ops: The LineYager DevelopmentAction

Not Yet Updated

Star Wars: Empire at WarAspyrAdventure

Discontinued

Star Wars: Jedi AcademyAspyrAdventure

Discontinued

Star Wars: Jedi OutcastAspyrAdventure

Discontinued

Star Wars: The Force UnleashedAspyrAdventure

Discontinued

StarcraftBlizzardStrategy

Not Yet Updated

Stick FightLandfall WestFighting

Not Yet Updated

Stronghold ClassicFireFly StudiosStrategy

Not Yet Updated

Tales of Monkey IslandTelltale GamesAdventure

Not Yet Updated

Team Fortress 2ValveFPS

Not Yet Updated

The Bard's TaleinXileRPG

Not Yet Updated

The Binding of IssacEdmund McMillenAction

Not Yet Updated

The Book of Unwritten TalesKING ArtAdventure

Not Yet Updated

The Darkness IIDigital ExtremesFPS

Not Yet Updated

The LEGO Movie VideogameFeral InteractiveAdventure

Discontinued

The Walking DeadTelltale GamesAdventure

Not Yet Updated

The WitcherCD ProjektRPG

Not Yet Updated

Tomb Raider 2AspyrAction

Discontinued

Tomb Raider: AnniversaryFeral InteractiveAdventure

Discontinued

Tomb Raider: UnderworldFeral InteractiveAdventure

Discontinued

TorchlightRunic GamesRPG

Not Yet Updated

TrineFrozenbyteAdventure

Not Yet Updated

Trine 2FrozenbyteAdventure

Not Yet Updated

Tropico 5Haemimont GamesSimulation

Not Yet Updated

UndertaleToby FoxRPG

Not Yet Updated

Unreal Tournament 2004Epic GamesFPS

Not Yet Updated

Warcraft 3BlizzardStrategy

Not Yet Updated

XenonautsGoldhawk InteractiveStrategy

Not Yet Updated

Drox OperativeZoldakAction

Discontinued

Shelter 2Might and DelightAdventure

Not Yet Updated

And by the way, if you’re looking to buy a new Mac, it will come with Catalina pre-installed.

64-bit games for Mac: Confirmed!

To be fair with developers, we are also tracking the back-catalog games that have been updated to 64-bit (new games are all 64-bit):

GameDeveloperGenreStatus
80 Daysinkle LtdAdventure

Updated

A Total War Saga: Fall of the SamuraiFeral InteractiveStrategy

Updated

Airships: Conquer the SkiesDavid StarkAction

Updated

ARK: Survival EvolvedStudio WildcardFPS

Updated

Baldur's Gate II: EnhancedBeamdogRPG

Updated

Baldur's Gate: EnhancedBeamdogRPG

Updated

Batman: Arkham CityFeral InteractiveShooter

Updated

BattletechHarebrained SchemesStrategy

Updated

Borderlands 2AspyrAction

Updated

Castle CrashersThe BehemothAction

Planned

Chivalry: Medieval WarfareTorn Banner StudiosAction

Updated

Cities: SkylinesColossal OrderStrategy

Updated

Civilization 5AspyrStrategy

Planned

Command & Conquer: GeneralsAspyrStrategy

Planned

Counter-Strike: Global OffensiveValveFPS

Updated

Crusader Kings 2Paradox Development Strategy

64-bit Beta

CupheadStudio MDHRAction Adventure

Updated

Dawn of ManMadruga WorksStrategy

Updated

Dying LightTechlandFPS

Updated

EVE OnlineCCP GamesMMO

64-bit Beta

Game Dev TycoonGreenheart GamesSimulation

Updated

Guild Wars 2ArenaNetMMO

Updated

House FlipperEmpyreanSimulation

Updated

Icewind Dale: EnhancedBeamdogRPG

Updated

Insurgency New World InteractiveFPS

Updated

Into the BreachSubset GamesStrategy

Updated

Layers of FearBloober TeamHorror

Updated

League of LegendsRiotMOBA

Updated

MaelstromAmbrosiaAction

Updated

Metro Redux 20334A GamesFPS

Updated

Micro Machines World SeriesSupersonic SoftwareRacing

Updated

MinecraftMojangAction Adventure

Updated

Mount and Blade: Warband (beta)TaleWorlds EntertainmentRPG

64-bit Beta

NorthgardShiroStrategy

Updated

Oxygen Not IncludedKlei EntertainmentSimulation

Updated

Pillars of Eternity 2Obsidian EntertainmentRPG

Updated

Planescape Torment: EnhancedBeamdogRPG

Updated

Prison ArchitectParadox InteractiveSimulation

Updated

Project ZomboidThe Indie StoneHorror

Updated

Race the SunFlippflyRacing

Updated

Rise of IndustryDapper Penguin StudiosSimulation

Updated

Rocket LeaguePsyonixSports

Updated

Rocksmith 2014UbisoftSimulation

64-bit Beta

RollerCoaster Tycoon 3AspyrSimulation

Planned

RustFacepunch StudiosFPS

Updated

Sid Meier’s Railroads!Feral InteractiveSimulation

Updated

SimCity 4: Deluxe EditionAspyrSimulation

Planned

SimCity: Complete EditionAspyrSimulation

Planned

Star Wars: Knights of the Old RepublicAspyrRPG

Updated

Star Wars: Knights of the Old RepublicAspyrRPG

Updated

StasisTHE BROTHERHOODHorror

Updated

StellarisParadox DevelopmentStrategy

Updated

SUPERHOTSUPERHOT TeamFPS

Updated

Surviving MarsHaemimont GamesStrategy

Updated

The Elder Scrolls OnlineZeniMaxMMO

Updated

The Long DarkHinterland StudioSurvival

Updated

The Sims 2: Super CollectionAspyrSimulation

Planned

The Sims 4MaxisSimulation

Updated

Tomb RaiderFeral InteractiveAction

Updated

Tooth and TailPocketwatch GamesStrategy

Updated

Total War: Shogun 2Feral InteractiveStrategy

Updated

Total War: Three KingdomsFeral InteractiveStrategy

Updated

XCOM 2Feral InteractiveStrategy

Updated

XCOM Enemy UnknownFeral InteractiveStrategy

Updated

ObductionCyanAdventure

Updated

realMyst: Masterpiece EditionCyanAdventure

Updated

Myst III: ExileCyanAdventure

Updated

RivenCyanAdventure

Updated

Myst: Masterpiece EditionCyanAdventure

Updated

DEFCONIntroversionStrategy

Updated

Final Fantasy 14 OnlineSquare EnixMMO

Updated

The vast majority of new games are 64-bit, therefore no need to focus on those!

Steam on Catalina known issues

Steam is an essential part of gaming on a Mac. Chances are most of your games are Steam. This is why the current state of Steam on macOS Catalina is a shame.

For some reason, the Steam client itself has an update for Catalina, but it won’t update automatically. You’ll have to manually download it and install it. This page has all the information you need.

Last but not least, Steam “sometimes ” adds warnings to games that are not supported on Catalina. That would be great but there is one problem:

That information is inaccurate and should not be trusted.

You’ve been warned.

How do I check if an app is 32-bit or 64-bit?

As explained by Apple, finding out if a game supports 64-bit is easy:

  • From the Apple menu, choose About This Mac
  • Click the System Report button
  • Scroll down to Software in the sidebar
  • Select Applications

When selecting an individual application, you will see a field titled 64-bit (Intel). β€œYes” indicates 64-bit; β€œNo” indicates 32-bit:

Check 32 bit Mac games

You can also use a handy tool called Go64. It’s free, it’s easier to use and it’s coming from St. Clair Software, a veteran Mac developer.

Once you’re done, you can share a screenshot such as this one with us here and we’ll update the list accordingly!

This is only the beginning

Keep in mind we are only covering the games we are certain about.  There will likely be hundreds of indie developers who will not have the resources to update their older games. And the same goes for big publishers.

Even if they have the budget, many will choose not to update their older games that don’t sell well anymore. Sad but that’s how things will play out…

32 bit support end

This is why we to help each other out. If you know about a game that we are certain it will not be updated to 64-bit, let us know!

What if you really need a 32-bit app?

If one of your favorite games is part of the list above and you want to keep playing it for many more years, you can always hold off and not upgrade your Mac to macOS Catalina.

With time, Macs that are not on macOS Catalina will miss on important new features and updates but it’s still a solution in the middle term.

When is macOS Catalina arriving?

Catalina is now available. It was released on October 7, 2019.

Are you worried some of your favorites games will no longer be supported? Let us know in the comments section.