For the majority of the Mac owners out there, your gaming fix has been provided largely by one the following:
- a small cusp of developers (notably Blizzard or the odd indie) who realise that OpenGL is actually a better language than DirectX
- a porting company (probably Aspyr *spit*)
- using BootCamp, which begs the question, why did you buy an overpriced and static bit of kit just to play Windows games?
Well, strike me blind, Telltale Games (purveyors of all manner of jolly adventuring randomness) have joined the former and are planning to release their content on the Cult of Steve Jobs Cupertino OS.
Starting with Tales of Monkey Island (available now), the company is planning to release all content on the new platform, with the next game being decided by a community vote, found here. As an added bonus, one lucky guy/gal will be credited on the Mac release of said game, for some reason.
Oh, and if you already own a Telltale Games… er, game, you can/will be able to download it free of charge for your designer desktop.
Press release after the cut. Unfortunately, it’s not a talkie – that’s being saved for the CD-ROM release.
Telltale’s Mac Gaming Revolution Begins!
Leading Digital Publisher Brings Catalog to Mac, Tales of Monkey Island(R)
Available Now. You Decide What’s Next at www.telltalegames.com/macgames
SAN RAFAEL, Calif. – February 11, 2010 – Gamers Unite! Pioneering digital publisher Telltale Inc. is bringing its lineup of games to Mac starting today with critically-acclaimed pirate adventure Tales of Monkey Island, a title praised by OC Weekly as the “Best Series Revival” of the year and included in “Top Games of 2009” roundups by PALGN, Parenthood.com, About.com, and Gamasutra. In their review of Tales of Monkey Island, Gamespot called the series “… a lengthy adventure that’s easy to enjoy and easy on your wallet, sure to please both newcomers and veteran insult swordfighters alike.”
Which title appears on Apple’s platform next is up to the people. Telltale is opening the ballot box at www.telltalegames.com/macgames where Mac devotees can cast their vote for one of three critically-acclaimed series: Sam & Max, Strong Bad’s Cool Game for Attractive People, or Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Adventures. Polls are open until Feb. 21, with the winning game announced the following week and launched on Mac in March.
“Telltale’s built up an outstanding catalog of content over the years, and we’re looking forward to getting the games to this community to further enrich the increasingly growing, vibrant and technically outstanding Mac platform,” said Telltale CEO Dan Connors. “We’re big fans of Apple’s technology and devices, and we’re looking forward to building further from here.”
As part of the revolution, new Telltale customers will get both Mac and PC versions of the multi-platform games with a single purchase. Any customers that have bought these titles from Telltale in the past can download the Mac version for no additional charge.
In the five years since Telltale’s founding, the company’s top caliber internal studio has created and launched more than 30 titles so far on Xbox LIVE Arcade, Nintendo WiiWare and PC. The move to Mac further extends the company’s commitment to bringing gaming excellence to the largest possible audiences.
Attendees of this year’s Macworld Expo are encouraged to stop by the Telltale booth (#786) Feb. 11-13 to check out the games.
More information can be found at http://www.telltalegames.com/macgames.
About Telltale, Inc.
Telltale is the first and only digital publisher to release interactive episodic content on a monthly schedule. Founded in 2004 by LucasArts veterans with decades of experience, Telltale has quickly become an industry leader, establishing the model for downloadable game seasons and releasing more than 30 games to date. Telltale’s titles have won numerous awards including “Adventure Game of the Year” accolades from publications such as IGN, PC Gamer, GameSpy, and Adventure Gamers, and have been recognized by mainstream outlets ranging from USA Today, to The New York Times to Variety. Telltale currently develops and publishes episodic series on Mac, PC, Wii(TM), and Xbox 360(TM), with plans to expand to additional platforms and channels this year.
About Tales of Monkey Island
Tales of Monkey Island has proven the most successful launch to date of an episodic series for Telltale, Inc. with critics and gamers finding their sea legs and responding positively to the first new Monkey Island game in nine years. In the tradition of the great old movie serials with cliffhanger endings, Tales of Monkey Island unfolds over five months with each episodic chapter raising the stakes on Guybrush Threepwood’s quest to eradicate the insidious Pox of LeChuck, reunite with his wife and vanquish his arch rival.
LucasArts, a division of Lucasfilm Entertainment Company Ltd., is a leading developer and publisher of interactive entertainment software worldwide for video game console systems, computers and the Internet. Based in San Francisco, Calif., as well as on the Internet at www.lucasarts.com, LucasArts was created in 1982 by George Lucas to provide an interactive element to his vision of a state-of-the-art, multifaceted entertainment company.