Earlier in August, it was announced that a remastered version of the popular first-person shooter BioShock would be arriving on macOS platforms sometime this year. Today, BioShock Remastered has launched for compatible Mac computers on Steam and the online Feral store, and an official version of the remastered game for the Mac App Store is set to debut in the near future.

Users who download the game through Steam can get it for just $6.59 (£3.29) until August 28 [Direct Link].

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BioShock Remastered is launching ten years and one day after the original BioShock debuted on Microsoft Windows and Xbox 360 on August 21, 2007. For its original release, Irrational Games developed BioShock, while 2K published it, and now the remastered version for Mac is being published by Feral Interactive, which publishes many games for macOS, iOS, and Linux platforms.

BioShock [Direct Link], BioShock 2 [Direct Link], and BioShock: Infinite [Direct Link] are already available for purchase on the Mac App Store, but the first game in the series was last updated in April 2012 and lacked enhanced graphics that more recent Macs can allow for. BioShock Remastered enhances the original game to run at 1080p with a higher frame rate, similar to last year's Windows- and console-only launch of BioShock: The Collection.

The remastered game also includes a wealth of additional content from the original release, as well as DLC added later. The Museum of Orphaned Concepts is a museum-style level that players can walk through to visit early concept art and other ideas that never made it into the final version of BioShock. The game's major DLC, the Challenge Rooms, are also in BioShock Remastered and exist out of the central storyline to offer the player various puzzle and combat challenges.

There's also a director's commentary featuring Ken Levine and Shawn Roberson, achievements support, full controller support, high resolution textures, models, and interface, and 4K resolution support on compatible Macs and displays.

To run BioShock Remastered, Mac users will need a 2.4Ghz Intel Core i5 processor, macOS 10.12.5 (released May 2017), 8 GB of RAM, and 27 GB of available space. Feral Interactive has broken down exactly which Macs will run BioShock Remastered at its full potential, as well as the Macs that are capable of playing the game, "but do not consistently meet the standards required for official support."

Macs officially supported:

  • All 21.5" iMacs since late 2013 (1GB Nvidia GT 750M Models are not officially supported)
  • All 27" iMacs since late 2013 (1GB Nvidia GT 755M Models are not officially supported)
  • All 13" MacBook Pros since late 2016
  • All 15" MacBook Pros since late 2013
  • All Mac Pros since late 2013

Macs that can run the game, but lack standards required for official support:

  • All 21.5" iMacs since early 2013
  • All 13" Retina MacBook Pros since mid 2012
  • All 27" iMacs since late 2012 with a 1GB graphics card
  • All Mac Mini's since late 2012
  • All 13" MacBook Pros since mid 2012
  • All 15" MacBook Pros since mid 2012 with a 1GB graphics card
  • All MacBook Airs since mid 2012
  • All MacBooks since early 2015
  • All Mac Pros since 2009 with an AMD 7950 (Mac Edition) graphics card

Otherwise, the game hasn't changed since 2007 and is set in an underground city called Rapture that was built in the 1940s, afterwards falling into a state of disrepair due to a civil war between Objectivist leader Andrew Ryan and crime lord Frank Fontaine. Players arrive to the city in 1960 after their plane crashes somewhere over the Atlantic Ocean, and must use Rapture's gene-altering Plasmids, as well as more traditional FPS weapons, to fight their way through the city's hordes of splicers.

Those interested can head over to the game's Steam page, or the Feral store, to download BioShock Remastered on Mac starting today.

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Top Rated Comments

Scottsoapbox Avatar
48 months ago
I already bought BioShock for my iPad but it doesn't work since it was abandoned by the developers. Not getting my money again.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
star-affinity Avatar
48 months ago
It supports Metal, right?
Yes!
https://twitter.com/feralgames/status/893443375675961344

But not Metal 2 yet (obviously, since that comes with High Sierra).

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Was going to post the same, not a chance I pay again to them for this. Totally ripped off everyone previously.
Not good of course. I don't think Feral Interactive was involved in the iPad version, though.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
69Mustang Avatar
48 months ago
I already bought BioShock for my iPad but it doesn't work since it was abandoned by the developers. Not getting my money again.
Was going to post the same, not a chance I pay again to them for this. Totally ripped off everyone previously.
That port had nothing to do with Feral, it was a 2K port. In my opinion, it never should have been ported to iOS in the first place. The amount of compromises to graphics, controls, and overall game play... yeesh.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Avieshek Avatar
48 months ago
Wow, a game from 2007 is compatible to a Mac in late 2017.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Solomani Avatar
48 months ago
It supports Metal, right?
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
bladerunner2000 Avatar
48 months ago
Wow, a game from 2007 is compatible to Mac in late 2017.
That kind of stuff just solidifies that Macs are complete joke for gaming... which is an industry bigger than hollywood.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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