City of Heroes is coming to the Macintosh, NCsoft announced today, with the Mac version of City of Heroes scheduled to ship before the end of 2008 and a public beta launching alongside the MMOs thirteenth expansion, Issue 13: Power and Responsibility, later this fall.
The specific launch date for City of Heroes for Mac has not yet been announced, but NCsoft did say it “will occur pre-holiday this year with a special digital-only Mac edition of City of Heroes, available across all NCsoft West consumer territories.”
In City of Heroes, the most popular comic book-inspired MMO on the market, players craft their heroic or villainous identity and join millions of other player-created characters in a constantly expanding universe. Players can choose from hundreds of different powers and thousands of costume options, then go off on their own or band together with others.
City of Heroes for Mac was developed by TransGaming using a proprietary game engine that “wraps” around the core game software and enables it to run on Intel-based Macs. The result is a persistent City of Heroes universe with no differentiation between the PC and Mac.
“Through [our game engine], the Mac version will parallel the developments of the PC version, providing all game updates, new features and storylines simultaneously on both platforms,” said Vikas Gupta, CEO & president of TransGaming.
The City of Heroes Mac Special Edition digital product will be sold at the PlayNC store and at GameTree Online.