MacSoft releases Universal version of Halo for Mac

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:

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.

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  1. This is great! I bought several copies of Halo for my family to play LAN games. Now that one Luxo Jr.-style iMac G4 has been replaced with a new Mac Book, we can use this upgrade.

    I still enjoy relaxing after work with a round or two of online play – usually Blood Gulch. Though not as often as I used to.

    Look for me, I’m St. Grenade

  2. It was in development already when Bungie was bought out by Microsoft. It is a good game, although Halo2 has passed it by for the most part. Bungie (is that the way it was spelled?) created some really good titles like Myst back in the late 90’s for the Mac.


    The original Halo was a good game. But Halo 2 kicks ass any given day.

    C’mon MacSoft!!! Pull those vibrating mice out of asses and start developing!! That’s what your paid to do. That’s why you are in the “game development” business in the first place.

    You are giving game development for the Mac a very bad name.

  4. First off Halo is a old game already and was dumped with the Panther trash.

    Second MICROSOFT has bought the company who made Halo so they can place it on their Xbox crap.

    Forget seeing a Mac version of Halo 2 forever.

    This, among hundreds of other reasons, is why Mac users shouldn’t give a dime to Microsoft.

  5. nice to see its UB now. but what about the demo.. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”raspberry” style=”border:0;” />

    and just quickly. i wont buy halo now. as i want halo 2. and it would be a waste buying both.
    that being said. i own a macbook, and am tired of the demo unexpectedly quiting. so i may indeed buy the full.

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