There's a lot of confusion about GW2 ending Mac client support, so let's make a thread of player resources about what to actually do about it.
Please chime in with your own experiences but focus on what you've actually tested to keep the volume of speculation low. I'll try to keep the top post updated as an ad-hoc community resource until we figure out something better.
What we know:
1. Anet has announced: "Starting February 18, … the Mac client will no longer work after this date."
2. Apple is transitioning their hardware to a new CPU type. So Macs come in two varieties:
* older Intel chips — these run x86 code natively
* new ARM ("M1"/"Apple Silicon") chips — these have a different instruction set but they CAN run code compiled for x86 Macs using a special software translation layer called Rosetta, which likely has a performance cost but should be pretty seamless once you've set it up
4. The Guild Wars 2 Win64 client — that's the thing you're most likely going to be using once the Mac client disappears — can work on non-Windows OSes through a "compatibility layer" application like Wine (e.g. here is the Lutris wrapper for Linux).
5. Rosetta is, at least in theory, compatible with Wine.
6. If you have an Intel-based Mac, you could also choose to dual-boot Windows. One advantage of this approach is that you're just running GW2 on Windows natively, which is an officially supported platform. (In which case you don't need most of what I'm posting below.)
What we don't know:
2. Whether any solution outlined below will continue to work for any given GW2 release.
3. Whether any solution outlined below will work on your hardware/software.
NOTE: This is all "void your warranty" type stuff, don't expect any tech support from Anet, don't run any software as administrator if you're not comfortable with what it's doing, &c.
(last updated: Jan 10, 2021)
"Out-of-the-box" support: No/Not yet
"Do-it-yourself" support: YES
(Tested on Intel hardware / Mac OS 10.15.7 "Catalina" / Porting Kit 4.1.0)
- See Porting Kit installation instructions and license info on on their website.
- Start Porting Kit. Go to Library. (Search for "Guild Wars 2" to see if there's an "out-of-the-box" installer you can use. If there is, you can probably skip this stuff.)
- Select "New Custom Port."
- Name your application "GW2", "Guild Wars 2," &c.
- In Advanced Settings: select Engine: "WS11WineCX64Bit20.0.2" or later.
- In Destination Select: rename the app (e.g. to "Guild Wars 2 Win64" so it doesn't conflict with your current Mac client).
- Download Anet's 64-bit Windows client (Gw2Setup-64.exe) from guildwars2.com.
- Wait for the installer to run. Allow GW2 to download all of its data, then close the application without logging in.
- "Guild Wars 2" will now appear on the left sidebar of your Porting Kit Library tab.
- Right-click on "Guild Wars 2" and select "Launch Wineskin App." Change the executable to "drive_c/Program Files/Guild Wars 2/Gw2-64.exe" (by default it will be "nothing.exe"). Also, under "Advanced Tools">"Wine Configuration," make sure the Windows version is set to "Windows 7."
- Now launch GW2 using the little play button, check your graphics settings, rebind keys as needed (when playing through the compatibility layer, both Cmd and Ctrl will be read as "Ctrl" by the game you're playing).
TODO: Verify ARM/Rosetta support with latest Porting Kit.
(last updated: Jan 20, 2021)
"Out-of-the-box" support: No/Not yet
"Do-it-yourself support: YES
- download PlayOnMac
- download the GW2 64 bit Windows installer
- run PlayOnMac and click Install a program on the left side of the window
- down at the bottom-left of the window that pops up, click Install a non-listed program
- read All The Stuff and keep clicking Next
- What would you like to do? select Install a new program in a new virtual drive
- name it something - "GuildWars2"
- What would you like to do before installation? - leave all unselected and click Next
- What kind of virtual drive do you want to create? - select 64 bit
- wait while it creates "stuff"...
- Please select file to run - click Browse and select the GW2 Windows installer from step 2 (Gw2Setup-64.exe)
- click Next
- GW2 installer will start - click Install
- wait a couple of hours for the download to complete and then play the game...
- when you quit GW2 the first time, PlayOnMac will ask Please choose a file for PlayOnMac to make a shortcut - choose Gw2.exe
- name it ("Guild Wars 2")
- it will ask again Please choose a file for PlayOnMac to make a shortcut - click Cancel
- now it shows up in the main PlayOnMac window - to run it just click it and select Run on the left side of the window
(last updated: Jan 13, 2021)
"Out-of-the-box" support: YES
1. Verify that you have an Intel CPU (Apple Menu > About This Mac, check the Processor entry on the first tab).
2. Follow Apple's instructions for installing Windows 10 or the more detailed ones here.
3. You may be unable to connect to the Internet while Windows installs. Because Bootcamp can only install the Wi-Fi and internet-related drivers after Windows is done installing. If you get stuck, you can click “I don’t have internet now” during the Windows install.
4. Boot into Windows and download the Guild Wars 2 game client for Windows (most likely you will want 64-bit).
5. If you have other software you use during play (Discord, for example) you will want to install a copy of that on the Windows partition as well.
(See also: GW2 forum thread.)
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