We are proud to announce a MAJOR patch for our Mac & Linux game clients. For a while now, as our Windows client received features and updates, our Mac and Linux clients have been slowly falling behind. While we always strive to make sure Mac and Linux stay updated and compatible with the latest patches, we haven't always been able to keep them feeling as feature-complete and polished as our Windows client.
Maintaining separate clients is a LOT of work - it really requires some dedicated attention (mostly from programming) to keep things running in top shape. Through the hustle and bustle of developing the game as a whole, it's easy, if not paying proper attention, for small bugs to crop up here and there, building up over time.
A few months ago we filled a key programming position of a dedicated Mac + Linux programmer (along with fleshing out our QA staff) to give these clients the attention and time they deserve, and we couldn't be happier with the results (up to DOUBLE the performance in some cases on Mac). We've been working hard behind the scenes to not only fix up the current client, but to make sure it is among the top performing native games for both Mac and Linux operating systems (and certainly the best client in the genre). This upcoming patch not only brings them up to speed, but makes sure they look and feel great, and have all the latest features that the Windows client has.
S2 has always proudly supported Mac and Linux for our games, even when sometimes it didn't seem economically feasible. While some other companies may choose to take the "easy" route and drop support of these clients, we simply couldn't accept that, we were determined to redouble our efforts.
Highlights contained in this patch:
- VASTLY improved performance and stability (up to 2x the performance of the current retail client)
- Awesomium Integration (HoN TV, guides, player ladder ,etc)
- Fancy new updater (similar to the one released recently for the Windows client - generally improves reliability of updating)
- New installer (does away with the disk-image method that was causing some update issues on Mac)
- Many miscellaneous bug fixes and stability improvements (fixed the most common causes of crashes, skybox reflections now work, and lots of other stuff)
- Retina display support
Some of the updates here were incompatible with Mac OS X 10.4, and as such, we have dropped support of it. Keep in mind this is just the mac/linux highlights of the upcoming patch, there's other goodies that'll equally affect PC + Mac/Linux.
We're excited to bring you these updates and to continue giving these clients the love and attention they deserve to continue running at top notch. If you have any Mac or Linux gamer friends, now is the time to get them hooked on HoN!
Last edited by Fielding; 10-04-2012 at 10:44 AM.
James Fielding | Executive Director of Design & Development
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Last edited by Nospheratu; 10-05-2012 at 12:06 PM.
As a mac user, I must say that the new performance improvements are astounding. I recommend those that had issues in the past to try it out!
I was running on Ubuntu with memory and gfx problems, I hope this fixes it. I may have to try again. I will say that I agree this is a significant thing.
YES, finally HoN looks decent on my macbook Thnx! I can run on high setting now, and can actually see where i'm clicking!
Thank you so much for this! I now have about twice the fps than before and the interface is much faster aswell. Very well done S2!
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That's cool, even if I use Windows.
However, just a small question: why is the term PC often used to mean Windows? It's not like Mac/Linux aren't used on PCs :S
S2 company best Linux game company on the scene.
Tux seal of approval!
I knew that there could be made some performance enhancements in the OGL engine, but I only dreamt about such a big increase. HoN now even works smooth with AMD open source drivers on my obsolete hardware. I can't wait to try it with fglrx drivers.
S2 great job. Really you guys have been amazing me for the past couple months. Keep up the hard work!
Excellent work Fielding and friends.
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Will test this on OS X asap. Can't have my expectations all up cus last time I tried HoN there it crashed on startup every single time, even after my clean install of ML. Maybe I'll FINALLY be able to drop Windows as HoN is pretty much the only thing holding me back. Thank GOD, and good riddance to "Microshit".
yup this is great
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Hi. I have a early 2011 macbook 15'' with ati 512MB and with this patch i'm getting some lag in the graphics. Before the patch there was none
What should I do?
I found a problem with the Mac client. It looks like Exclusive mode stopped working. This is very annoying because I keep triggering my hot-corners when I'm trying to move the camera.