Guild Wars 2’s developer, ArenaNet has been having issues over the past few years. The company underwent layoffs, and there are speculations about canceled projects within. Sadly, it appears that another hard decision has been made by the studio about the development of Guild Wars 2. Going forward, ArenaNet has confirmed that it will no longer provide support for the Mac edition of Guild Wars 2. The Mac OS edition of the MMORPG will be ending beginning on February 18.
ArenaNet does clear up that there is a good reason for terminating support for Guild Wars 2 on Mac. That reason is that Apple lacked support for the OpenGL visuals technology beginning in 2018. OpenGL is a technology that the game utilizes in order to run on Mac. Apple’s absence of continued support for OpenGL and the likely abdication of it in the future means the developer is taking on a lot of tedious work and cost to keep it running.
Certainly, there’s more to the story than just Apple’s possible shut down of the OpenGL. If Guild Wars 2 was famous enough on Mac devices, it would be worth figuring out to remove the technology from the game. If the development team had the people necessary to make those improvements with relative ease, it likely would.
Regardless of the reasons for the decision, ArenaNet made it clear some important problems about the termination of support for Guild Wars 2 on Mac. Luckily, no accounts will be erased for Mac players, naturally.
Players can continue playing the game on the Windows edition of the game. Guild Wars 2 is also available on the Nvidia GeForce Now streaming service. If neither of those choices works, the developer is offering refunds to Mac players for gem and client store purchases.