macdude22, on June 11th 2007, 12:52 PM, said:
This must be a blow to Aspyr, they typically port a lot of the EA games. I was expecting them to be doing the C&C port as well. However I have to say that seeing developers make the games cross platform in house is a refreshing change and probably the preferred method. I'd hate to see Aspyr go under, or something, but it might be the beginning of the end for Mac porting houses.
Two things: first, they're using Cider, so calling it in-house is probably stretching it a bit (no doubt the support, QA and beta-testing move in-house to EA). Second, history has shown (at least for Aspyr) that the sports games did not sell well for us on the Mac, and BF1942, while it broke even at least, didn't do well enough to warrant doing the subsequent titles (none of this is news - a googling or search of the forums can probably find quotes from Glenda on this). Aspyr is still heavily involved with EA - we do development for all the Sims Stories games, for example, and they are not small potatoes.
So I don't think this is really bad news for anyone. Most likely this is the best path to get these games on the Mac.