EA ships its first set of games for the MacBy Jose Vilches
Back in June, Electronic Arts' cofounder Bing Gordon came on stage at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference to announce EA's plans to release several of its bestselling titles for Mac OS X by July. Following a month-long delay, EA's pledge to bring more of its games to the Mac has finally become reality today with the release of its first set of games, including Battlefield 2142, Need for Speed Carbon, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, and Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars for the Mac.
"Over time, as EA gains experience in completing and shipping Mac games, the gap will narrow. This is a huge leap compared with past launches. We've shorted the gap between the Mac launch and other platforms to just a few weeks," said EA spokesperson Tammy Schachter.
EA's landmark sports titles Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2008 and Madden NFL 2008 won't arrive until September or October. The representative did not specifically address what caused the delay, but some believe it could be related with the Cider technology EA is using to port its Windows games to the Mac.
All four games have started shipping and can be ordered via the Apple store. Need for Speed Carbon and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix will be available starting August 21, while Battlefield 2142 and Command & Conquer 3 Tiberium Wars will be available August 28.