Lord of the Rings Online warns Mac players not to update their operating system due to software compatability

    
9
This is surely not going to turn out badly.

If you’re happy that we are collectively moving on to 64-bit systems (perhaps you’re still really anxious about the impact of the 2038 problem), you probably also note that there are certain drawbacks to the upgrade. One of those is about to hit Lord of the Rings Online players who are playing on Apple PCs, as the upcoming operating system update discontinues support for 32-bit applications… which is a problem for the WINE-based client used on the system for the game.

To be clear, the problem is less the actual game client and more the WINE wrapper used to have a fundamentally Windows-based application run properly on the system. Of course, people have pointed out in the comments on Twitter that better long-term support was one of the justifications for abandoning a specific Mac client in favor of the WINE-based client, so it seems fair to say that this situation is definitely on the ironic side. There’s no provided ETA for any sort of fix to this issue, so the best anyone can say is that hopefully this gets patched up sooner rather than later.

Source: Twitter

9
LEAVE A COMMENT

Please Login to comment
  Subscribe  
newest oldest most liked
Subscribe to:
Reader
Roger Melly

I updated to 4K recently , I can confirm that lotro is incompatible with that .

On top of their mishandling of the progression servers ( far too fast ) I no longer play lotro .

Reader
GumpsGang

Unfortunately, the Mac OS, while very nice, has had a lot of compatibility problems with gaming.  I guess that’s an obvious statement for anyone who has owned one.  I really can’t fault a small game studio not having a native Mac OS client.  Heck, most major game studios don’t support it and they have the funds.
The last time I owned a Mac, I used Boot Camp and loaded Windows to run games better. 

Reader
aussie_eevee

I would have thought that LOTRO would have abandoned 32-bit a long time ago. Other MMOs have already started doing that, and Microsoft expects to abandon 32-bit sometime in the next 5 years.

Reader
GumpsGang

The windows version for LOTRO now has a 64-bit version. It’s working very well.

Reader
Robert Basler

Do you have a source for that? I searched and couldn’t find anything from anyone at Microsoft.

Reader
Crowe

Why would you look for that at Microsoft? Check the LOTRO forums for real world feedback.

Reader
Loyal Patron
Patreon Donor
Kickstarter Donor
johnwillo

There’s always Boot Camp, for those with the money for Windows and the disk space for a Windows partition. In the face of Apple’s continuing disinterest in serious gaming, though, I now play my games on a Windows laptop.

In preparation for Catalina on my Mac I set up a VMWare virtual disk with Mojave, so I’ll be able to keep running 32-bit apps, but this is not a good solution for any kind of performance gaming.

Reader
Kickstarter Donor
Darthbawl

Unsurprisingly, DDO has the same issue as well. Some pretty angry Twitter people posting frustration/anger over it.

Reader
Minimalistway

WINE based? i didn’t know that, i thought it’s a native application, not updating the OS is not a good option and they know it, they should invest in native code application, a long term plan while they work for a solution for current situation.