Steam launches for Mac tomorrow, Portal and Torchlight first up

Tuesday, 11th May 2010 15:27 GMT By Patrick Garratt


Valve just said Steam’s Mac release will begin tomorrow, May 12.

There’s still no complete list of launch titles, but Portal and action-RPG Torchlight are now confirmed.

Torchlight developer Runic said today it will be bringing “future games” to Mac.

Get the press release below.


Roll Out Begins Weds, May 12

May 11, 2010 – Valve announced that Steam will launch on the Mac platform this Wednesday, May 12.

On subsequent Wednesdays, additional collections of Mac titles will become available, each designed to highlight specific functionalities of Steam on the Mac.

The first collection of Mac titles will demonstrate “Steam Play,” which allows customers to purchase a game once and play it on all Steam supported platforms. Gamers who have previously purchased games on Steam will find them available in their account on the Mac as they are released.

Portal, in addition to supporting Steam Play, will be the first of Valve’s Source engine based games available on the Mac. Native OS/X support for the Source engine is also available immediately to licensees for use in their games.

Among the initial titles available on Wednesday will be Runic Games’ critically acclaimed Torchlight. “We’re very excited to be bringing Torchlight to the Mac,” said Max Schaefer, co-founder of Runic Games. “Having Steam for the Mac solves so many problems for us as a developer. We look forward to our future games coming out on the Mac as well.”

In addition to bringing the online functionality of Steam to the Mac, Valve will also make its Steamworks suite of publishing and development tools available on the Mac platform. These include product key authentication, copy protection, auto-updating, social networking, matchmaking, anti-cheat technology, and more. The features and services available in Steamworks are offered free of charge and may be used for both electronic and tangible versions of games.

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  1. V_Ben

    about time :)

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Blerk

    Two great titles to start with, too. Torchlight is the nuts!

    #2 4 years ago
  3. V_Ben

    wow. so any game that runs on source can now come to mac (easily?) that’s pretty good news! :-D

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Gheritt White

    I wonder if that means you can get them for iPad… if so, that’ll have a direct impact on the PSP and DS, I’d expect.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Blerk

    The iPad isn’t actually a Mac, so they won’t work unfortunately. Hard to imagine how most of the Source games would work without a keyboard/mouse combo anyway, though.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Gheritt White

    Hmmm…. I wonder if making something like Torchlit (which I presume is a mouse-driven clickfest like Diablo) compatible with iPad would be profitable? I’d love a Diablo clone for when I’m on-the-go.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Blerk

    Torchlight would almost certainly work really well on the iPad. You play pretty much the entire game with the mouse, you only really need to touch the keyboard for shortcuts and they’re all on-screen and clickable anyway.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. Gheritt White

    Interesting… I’d imagine Civ and SimCity would fare well on an iPad too.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. rainer

    @3 no any game that uses source would have to be recompiled for the Mac platform. Works out better for future Source games then existing ones.

    However only Valve and a handful of indie devs use Source, the engine is not at all popular among commercial game developers and has been publicly criticized by former licensees (Ritual and more on wikipedia).

    Basically source works great for Valve and for anyone who learned how to make games using mods for Source for everyone else it’s terrible.

    So Mac gamers will still be waiting on other games to release Mac versions though quite a few well known titles have Mac versions so they will probably populate the Steam store eventually. Valve will have to work out deals with the publisher and porters.

    #9 4 years ago

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