Work on Arma 3 for Mac continues. The game is still considered an experimental port, and while developer Bohemia Interactive claims development could stop at any moment, the game’s MacOS version continues to improve.
Virtual Programming, the team in charge of the port, just added 64bit support and released version 1.73 (which covers the Laws Of War DLC, as well as the Apex expansion).
Set in authentic and vast settings, Arma 3 is the leading military simulator out there. This isn’t a Call of Duty clone where taking down dozens of enemies is business as usual. This is a realistic military sandbox where every bullet counts and tactics and cover matter. That alone would put it among the best FPS games for Mac (if it’s ever officially released).
Arma 3 features a wide variety of single and multiplayer content, over 20 vehicles, 40 weapons, and limitless opportunities for content creation.
Arma 3 on Mac: Everything you need to know
Version 1.73 brings all versions to the same level, finally enabling cross-platform multiplayer.
Do keep in mind that this could change at any time, as Windows usually gets updates first (and the rest are merely experimental).
Both experimental ports are under Virtual Programming’s responsibility and both use the company’s wrapping technology. And according to Bohemia’s own internal tests:
You may experience up to 30% degraded performance in comparison to the Windows version.
But as pointed out by our friends over at Gaming On Linux, who cares? If the ports are stable and run smoothly, who cares about how the port was made.
I tested the game a long time ago and was surprised it had decent performance. And according to readers performance keeps improving, certainly thanks to 64bit support.
That said, Arma games are infamous for being extremely demanding and Arma 3 is no exception. These are the game’s minimum system requirements:
- OS: Sierra 10.12.5
- Processor: Quad-core processor (Intel Core i5 4570S, Intel Core i5 4570R)
- Graphics: Metal 2.0 compliant GPU (NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M or better)
- Video Memory: 1 GB
- RAM: 8 GB
- Hard Drive: 21 GB
Unless you plan to play this game primarily on Windows, I would hold off before making the purchase. And if you’re desperately looking for a military shooter that officially supports MacOS, you have 2 choices: Call of Duty if you want action or Insurgency if you want realism.
You can find Arma 3 on Steam.