CodeWeavers has announced the release of CrossOver Games 8.0, a new version of their game-specific virtualization software for Intel-based Macs. It’s vailable for download for current CrossOver customers with an active “support entitlement.” CrossOver Games costs $40.
CrossOver Games enables Mac users to play a selection of Windows games without having to have Windows installed first, unlike Boot Camp, Parallels Desktop or VMware Fusion. The software is derived from the open-source WINE project.
The new version 8 release supports Left4Dead, Tales of Monkey Island (available using Valve Software’s Steam software distribution system), and other new games. Many “under the hood” improvements have also been made, according to CodeWeavers, which the developers say will lead to better frame rates and more enjoyable game play.
Other new games now supported by CrossOver Games include Dragon Sky, Last Chaos, Jade Empire, Ether Saga, Perfect World, and non-English versions of Shaiya. Various bug fixes have been made for Half-Life 2, Team Fortress 2, Spore, Guild Wars, Civilization IV and Bejeweled, along with several unofficially supported games, including Lord of the Rings Online, EVE Online, Pharaoh, City of Heroes and Lego Star Wars.
More details are available in a forum post on CodeWeavers’ Web site.