We have just posted the exciting news that we have been working on a native Mac client over on our news page.
I have started this thread to discuss the news. I will try to answer questions where I can, but as development is ongoing, I will not be able to answer everything.
Here are the answers to a few common questions that I expect to come up:
Q: Why a native client?
A: The native macOS client will bring performance and reliability improvements to users. One of the big advantages a native client offers us is easier debugging of client issues when running on macOS. As it will use Metal directly and not DirectX via Wine, it also allows us to leverage better use of the system resources macOS offers.
Q: What versions of macOS will the native client support?
A: This is to be confirmed closer to release. However, we generally recommend that macOS users update to the latest available macOS version that is available to them.
Q: What are the minimum system requirements to run the native EVE client?
A: This is to be confirmed closer to the time of release.
Q: What graphics cards will the EVE Online client support?
A: We plan to support all internal GPUs. External GPU support is not planned at this time.
Q: What does this mean for the Wine client?
A: We will continue to support the Mac Wine client until the release of the native macOS client. When the native macOS client is released, we will be deprecating the Wine based client at or around the same time. We will give everyone a heads up before this happens.
Q: What about Apple Silicon (M1) ?
A: The current EVE Online Wine based client will not run on Apple Silicon devices. We have explored this, but have decided to put our full weight behind the native macOS client work to give players the best long-term experience possible.
Once released, the first native macOS client will work on Apple Silicon devices with Rosetta2.
In the future, we plan to release an EVE Online client that is native to Apple Silicon so the use of Rosetta2 is not needed. This will be in the form of a ‘Universal app’.
Q: Can I run EVE Online on Apple Silicon, using 3rd party software right now?
A: We are aware that there is third party software which may allow you to run the current Wine based client on Apple Silicon successfully. CCP does not forbid the use of such software, however it is entirely unsupported.
Q: I have read that DX9 support is mostly present for Mac users using Wine. Will this be deprecated?
A: The plan to deprecate DirectX 9, as mentioned in many previous articles is still the plan. Keeping and maintaining DirectX 9 takes significant resources. While we will not be deprecating it at the exact same time as the native macOS client release, expect it to happen a short while after.
Q: Can I help?
A: Yes! We plan to run a public test of the macOS client in Q1 2021. The focus of our first test will be identifying rendering issues, capturing any crashes the client experiences, and taking performance measurements. Look out for a future devblog that will include the dates and information on how you can join in!
Q: What is the release date for the client to work on Tranquillity?
A: There is no final release date yet. Rest assured that we are excited about this as you, and we want to bring the native macOS client to you as soon as we can.
Here are a few work in progress screenshots: