Mac game publisher Aspyr Media Inc. on Wednesday announced that it will no longer announce preliminary system requirements on its games in development. Aspyr will only announce “final” system requirements on future projects once testing is complete — typically four to six weeks before the game ships, according to the company.
Aspyr derives most of its revenue from porting, or converting, PC and console games to the Macintosh. The company often announces plans to publish games months in advance of their release, and has in the past attempted to post preliminary system requirements as soon as they’re available — but sometimes these requirements can change as Aspyr gets closer to the release date.
“There is often a delay in the time it takes various online distributors to update a title’s preliminary requirements to its final system requirements. In an effort to better control the specific requirements displayed for each title, Aspyr will make a formal announcement to the press as soon as a title’s development allows for a confident declaration of the hardware necessary for optimal gameplay performance,” said the company in a statement.
Aspyr Media also provides a free utility, Game Agent, that provides detailed information about its available and upcoming games. The software can compare your Mac’s system profile to the recommended and minimum system requirements for Aspyr’s games to let you know if the games will run on your Mac.