Dark Souls on Mac: How to run it (and best alternatives)

by | Sep 30, 2020

The “Dark Souls is coming to Mac” rumor has been floating around for a while. After all, a Reddit user found actual proof that a Mac version was in the works.

That was years ago, yet gamers keep asking on forums, Reddit and Twitter, for a Dark Souls Mac version. And it’s understandable. Dark Souls is an excellent third-person action RPG that quickly became famous for being equal parts awesome and challenging.

It’s one of the most influential games of the last decade and it would be an excellent addition to Mac gaming, easily earning a spot among the finest Mac RPGs available.

Will Dark Souls ever support MacOS?

At the time, we learned that someone called “jetpackinteractive” was working on it. It turns out, that’s the name of a development studio that is directly connected to Dark Souls. They even mention Bandai Namco as a client:

Bandai Namco
Provided engineering support for Steam upgrade

But all previous evidence pointing to a Mac version has been scrapped, and years later, no new evidence has surfaced. They probably explored the idea but most likely abandoned it for some reason.

How to play Dark Souls on Mac

The official Mac version may have been scrapped, but you really want to, you can still play Dark Souls on your Mac. We prefer playing our games natively on Mac but if you really need to run a Windows app or play a Windows game, there are ways…

Dark Souls Mac featured

There are different options at your disposal when it comes to running Windows games on a Mac. This table summarizes the most popular ones, along with the main Pros and Cons you can expect:

MethodCostRequires Windows license?Requires Reboot?Pros and Cons



✔ Great performance
❌ Constant rebooting



✔ Easy to use
❌ Limited performance
NVIDIA GeForce Now$25 for 20 hours



✔ Excellent performance
❌ Expensive



✔ Absolutely free to use
❌Complicated to set up

Personally, I have always preferred Boot Camp. It’s free and offers the best performance your machine has to offer. But if a monthly fee is acceptable for you, streaming services have come a long way and are today an excellent choice.

Dark Souls “Mac” system requirements

Released in 2012, Dark Souls is somewhat old, but if you to try it for yourself, I suggest opting for the improved Dark Souls: Remastered.

If you do, pay attention to the new system requirements. The game won’t have specific Mac requirements but if you decide to use Boot Camp to run it, the game’s Windows requirements apply:

  • A 64-bit processor and operating system
  • Processor:  2.8 GHz Intel Core i5
  • Memory: 6 GB RAM
  • Graphics: GeForce GTX 460, 1 GB / Radeon HD 6870, 1 GB
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Storage: 8 GB available space

But what if you’re unwilling to deal with Windows? Are there worthy alternatives to Dark Souls on Mac?

Top Dark Souls Mac alternatives

If I had to recommend an RPG for Mac, it would be one of our top three favorites:

Game★ Best OverallRunner-upBest Value
GenreAction RPGParty-based RPGSci-Fi RPG
Release date201920182015




Our rating★★★★★
Full Review
Full Review
Full Review




Check Price


Humble Bundle

Humble Bundle

But what if you’re looking for something particularly punishing and gritty, as Dark Souls? Worry not, there are a few excellent MacOS native options at your disposal:

Dead Cells

Dead Cells Mac artDead Cells is definitely less dark and grimy alternative, still, it remains one of the best Metroidvania games from recent years. In fact, the developer itself describes Dead Cells a “Souls-lite” action-adventure game. In any case, if you’re looking for a more colorful take on the Dark Souls formula, Dead Cells is for you.

With an impressive 94% Very Positive reviews from over 27,000 Steam users, you know you can’t go wrong with Dead Cells.

Hyper Light Drifter

Hyper Light Drifter Mac artAnother pixelated action-adventure game, Hyper Light Drifter features excellent combat that combines melee and long-range combat. It is nowhere as punishing as Dark Souls, but the story and the way you explore the world can make any Dark Souls fan feel right at home.

With 94% Very Positive reviews from close to 10,000 Steam users, Hyper Light Drifter is another safe bet, especially for fans of 16-bit games.

Salt and Sanctuary

Salt and Sanctuary Mac artFinally, Salt and Sanctuary is another indie with heavy Dark Souls-esque vibes.

Taking place in a cursed realm, the game features fast and brutal 2D combat. It certainly isn’t as punishing nor precise as Dark Souls, but its Metroidvania-style exploration, with its interconnected world, gives it a similar vibe.

The game has 91% Very Positive reviews on Steam from over 7,000 users.

Other games you can check out are:

  • Necropolis
  • Titan Souls

Or you can even give Pascal’s Wager, a brand-new iOS and Android game, a try.

Your turn

Having Dark Souls would be great, especially now that a Remastered version exists. Alas, that will probably never happen, but at least now you know how to run it on your Mac if you really want to.

With games like Fornite and CS: GO, not having PUBG on Mac is not as bad as it used to be. Still, if you absolutely need to play it, you now know how.

What’s your Battle Royale game on Mac?

Explore by Genre