Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance can no longer be enjoyed on Mac after the studio that ported the game to macOS shut down.
Transgaming decided it would be a good idea to protect the title with DRM that required a constant online connection to one of its own servers to confirm the game was genuine. Now that those servers are no longer available, the game is worthless.
Almost everything you can buy digitally can be illegally downloaded for free somewhere. Developers have long been trying to fight that with DRM that makes it difficult to run pirated software, but sometimes, that DRM is poorly executed.
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance for Mac is dead because of it.
Metal Gear ain’t Rising no more
Launched in 2013, MGR:R is a hack and slash game originally developed by PlatinumGames. It has enjoyed glowing reviews from critics and players on Steam, which encouraged Transgaming to port the game to Mac in 2014.
Transgaming made the decision to protect the game with DRM that required a constant connection to one of its own servers to confirm a copy of the game was genuine. This prevented the title from being played offline — but at least it could be played most of the time.
Not anymore. Now that Transgaming has ceased its operations, there are no servers for the game to communicate with, and it no longer runs on macOS.
“There’s no reason why this game can’t run in its current format for the people who bought it,” explains one player on Reddit. “There’s also no one to make a patch, and users who bought this game legally are stuck.”
If you’ve been wondering why MGR:R won’t run on your Mac anymore, then, now you know. This is yet another example of DRM implemented badly to the detriment of players who were willing to cough up for a genuine copy of the game.
Ironically, the only way to play the game on Mac now is to download a pirated copy that’s been patched to avoid the DRM system.