Destineer’s MacSoft unit announces today that the Universal version of Halo for Macintosh has been released. The Universal version runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel-based Macs.
Halo for Macintosh was originally released in 2003. Creating the Universal Application required extensive rewriting of the Halo code. As a result, MacSoft will not be releasing a patch. However, owners of the original Mac version of Halo have 2 options for acquiring the Universal Application.
MacSoft will send out a new Halo disc to owners of the original version of Halo. To receive a new disc, you can send MacSoft your Halo registration code number, along with US$9.95 for shipping and handling.
Anyone who has purchased Halo for Macintosh after January 1, 2006 can receive the Universal Application with no shipping or handling charges. The MacSoft website has complete details.
For users who would prefer to download the new version, it will be available from the MacGameStore. The download is quite large as it contains an entire CD worth of data (Full download is 650 MB). After downloading, users will need to burn the image to CD media in order to play. Again, owners of the original version will have to supply their registration number. Charge for the download is $5.00.
More info about the download option here: http://www.macgamestore.com/detail.php?ProductID=616
Halo owners who have not upgraded to an Intel-based Mac do not need to upgrade their version of Halo. They will still be able to play network games against owners of the Universal version.
The system requirements for the Universal version are:
Macintosh computer with 800MHz or faster G4/G5/Inel processor. Mac OS v10.3.9 or higher, 256MB RAM, 32MB AGP video card (GeForce 2MX/ATI 7500 or better), 1.4GB hard disk space, Internet or LAN connection required to online play.