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Hearts of Iron 3 for Mac

On request! Hearts of Iron 3 has been added to Porting Kit! This game also works on Catalina OS 10.15 and Big Sur+! It has now been added to Porting Kit and the game can now be played back on your Mac. If you love the Hearts of Iron Series, then we are glad to inform that Hearts of Iron and Hearts of Iron 2 are also available in Porting Kit. Hearts of Iron 3  still need to test the game on my Apple Silicon. But for now the GOG.com version of the game works great on my Macbook pro 2019 with Big Sur! Have fun!

***Not tested yet on M1 Apple Silicon****

Basic Portingkit Install Instructions GOG games:
1. Download the Hearts of Iron 3 “offline backup setup” file(s) into your download folder.
2. Always read the “notes” of the game description first for additional steps!
3. Go to the library server tab and select the game you want to install and click “Install”
4. Portingkit will create the wrapper and locate your setup file in your download folder
5. The installation of the game will start, run through the install wizard.
6. After installation, exit the installer (don’t run launch the game).
7. Porting kit will say it has finished successfully.
8. Go to your local library tab and select the game and click “play”!
9. Enjoy the game!

Game Description:
Hearts of Iron 3 lets you play the most engaging conflict in world history, World War 2, on all fronts as any country and through multiple different scenarios. Guide your nation to glory between 1936 and 1948 and wage war, conduct diplomacy and build your industry in the most detailed World War 2 game ever made.

Go to the Porting Kit game page up here…

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Porting Kit Forum is back in Business!

Great news! For everyone who missed the forum, then we have good news, its back :) It was gone for a while because of massive spam attacks of bots, messing up the whole forum, which was impossible to keep clean at some point. Now we enhanced the forum again with better protection, so we are making a new start and imported loads of old topics back in the new forum. With this new forum, new features are back possible, like ranking and also premium membership in the near future, to support our cause and to have some extra benefits and bonuses.

You can find the forum on the Forum page of the Porting Kit website, or on the community tab in Porting Kit itself.

 

Crossover 21 released!

Yes, great news! Crossover 21 has been released! Crossover is an application similar as Porting Kit but then commercial (Paid application) and has a big team of developers and offer paid support for their product. Crossover is a product of Codeweavers which contributes a lot to the Wine project. In short, a great product and ran by very cool guys! :) Crossover is priced 59,- and comes with 12 months of support of updates and phone support. With Promocode “Portingover” you will get 30% off! So take advantage of that code :)

Crossover 21 makes now use of  Wine 6.0 and has loads of improvements and fixes for games and better support for M1 Apple Silicon. It also includes fixes for Ubisoft games like Anno 2070, Rayman Origin/Legends, Assassin Creed series and more! When we created a CX21 Engine for Porting Kit these ports will be fixed and new ones will be added as well!

Check out the full change log below.

21.0.0 CrossOver – August 3, 2021

  • Core Technology Improvements:
    • CrossOver 21 includes Wine 6.0, with 8,300 improvements, and selected patches from recent Wine with benefits to many popular applications.
    • Update to DXVK v 1.7.
    • CrossOver now ships Wine Mono.
  • macOS:
    • Added support for Dark Mode.
    • Vulkan WineD3D backend now on by default for D3D10/11 games.
    • Skyrim SE now runs on m1 with WineD3D.

We are using the opensource code of Crossover to make Wineskin engines to use in Porting Kit. We are working hard to get a working patched engine to Porting Kit to make use of the the new engine as well to use for new specific games and upgrade old ones for fixes and improvements. When we have it finished this will be announced again on the blog. Meanwhile if you want to play with Crossover already, then you can get Crossover 21 from their website.

Love the work we do? Become a Patron… and get extra Tiers! Want to support Porting Kit? Buy also Crossover from Codeweavers! They are mass contributors of Wine development and are the core people making this possible.

Batman – Arkham City for Mac

3rd Batman title in a row has been added to Porting Kit: Batman – Arkham City for Mac! This game also works on Catalina OS 10.15 and Big Sur+! It has now been added to Porting Kit and the game can now be played back on your Mac. I still need to test the game on my Apple Silicon. But for now the GOG.com version of the game works great on my Macbook pro 2019 with Big Sur! Have fun!

***Not tested yet on M1 Apple Silicon****

Basic Portingkit Install Instructions GOG games:
1. Download the Batman – Arkham City “offline backup setup” file(s) into your download folder.
2. Always read the “notes” of the game description first for additional steps!
3. Go to the library server tab and select the game you want to install and click “Install”
4. Portingkit will create the wrapper and locate your setup file in your download folder
5. The installation of the game will start, run through the install wizard.
6. After installation, exit the installer (don’t run launch the game).
7. Porting kit will say it has finished successfully.
8. Go to your local library tab and select the game and click “play”!
9. Enjoy the game!

Game Description:
Batman: Arkham City builds upon the intense, atmospheric foundation of Batman: Arkham Asylum, sending players flying through the expansive Arkham City – five times larger than the game world in Batman: Arkham Asylum – the new maximum security “home” for all of Gotham City’s thugs, gangsters and insane criminal masterminds. Featuring an incredible Rogues Gallery of Gotham City’s most dangerous criminals including Catwoman, The Joker, The Riddler, Two-Face, Harley Quinn, The Penguin, Mr. Freeze and many others, the game allows players to genuinely experience what it feels like to be The Dark Knight delivering justice on the streets of Gotham City.

Go to the Porting Kit game page up here…

Love the work we do? Become a Patron… and get extra Tiers! Want to support Porting Kit? Buy also Crossover from Codeweavers! They are mass contributors of Wine development and are the core people making this possible.

Batman – Arkham Origins for Mac

Another greta Batman title has been added to Porting Kit: Batman – Arkham Origins for Mac! This game also works on Catalina OS 10.15 and Big Sur+! It has now been added to Porting Kit and the game can now be played back on your Mac. I still need to test the game on my Apple Silicon. But for now the GOG.com version of the game works great on my Macbook pro 2019 with Big Sur! Have fun!

***Not tested yet on M1 Apple Silicon****

Basic Portingkit Install Instructions GOG games:
1. Download the Batman – Arkham Origins “offline backup setup” file(s) into your download folder.
2. Always read the “notes” of the game description first for additional steps!
3. Go to the library server tab and select the game you want to install and click “Install”
4. Portingkit will create the wrapper and locate your setup file in your download folder
5. The installation of the game will start, run through the install wizard.
6. After installation, exit the installer (don’t run launch the game).
7. Porting kit will say it has finished successfully.
8. Go to your local library tab and select the game and click “play”!
9. Enjoy the game!

Game Description:
Batman™: Arkham Origins is the next installment in the blockbuster Batman: Arkham videogame franchise. Developed by WB Games Montréal, the game features an expanded Gotham City and introduces an original prequel storyline set several years before the events of Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City, the first two critically acclaimed games of the franchise. Taking place before the rise of Gotham City’s most dangerous criminals, the game showcases a young and unrefined Batman as he faces a defining moment in his early career as a crime fighter that sets his path to becoming the Dark Knight.

Go to the Porting Kit game page up here…

Love the work we do? Become a Patron… and get extra Tiers! Want to support Porting Kit? Buy also Crossover from Codeweavers! They are mass contributors of Wine development and are the core people making this possible.

Batman – Arkham Asylum for Mac (yes also for Catalina and Big Sur)

Some bigger games will be added coming weeks. Starting with Batman – Arkham Asylum! Thats right, the game was earlier native for Mac on Mojave and below, but with Catalina OS 10.15+, the game was back Windows only again. Not anymore! It has now been added to Porting Kit and the game can now be played back on your Mac. I still need to test the game on my Apple Silicon and when it does there will be added a new video of it as well. But for now the GOG.com version of the game works great on my Macbook pro 2019 with Big Sur! Have fun!

***Not tested yet on M1 Apple Silicon****

Basic Portingkit Install Instructions GOG games:
1. Download the Batman – Arkham Asylum “offline backup setup” file(s) into your download folder.
2. Always read the “notes” of the game description first for additional steps!
3. Go to the library server tab and select the game you want to install and click “Install”
4. Portingkit will create the wrapper and locate your setup file in your download folder
5. The installation of the game will start, run through the install wizard.
6. After installation, exit the installer (don’t run launch the game).
7. Porting kit will say it has finished successfully.
8. Go to your local library tab and select the game and click “play”!
9. Enjoy the game!

Game Description:
Critically acclaimed Batman: Arkham Asylum returns with a remastered Game of the Year Edition, featuring 4 extra Challenge Maps. The additional Challenge Maps are Crime Alley; Scarecrow Nightmare; Totally Insane and Nocturnal Hunter (both from the Insane Night Map Pack). Utilize the unique FreeFlow™ combat system to chain together unlimited combos seamlessly and battle with huge groups of The Joker’s henchmen in brutal melee brawls

Go to the Porting Kit game page up here…

Love the work we do? Become a Patron… and get extra Tiers! Want to support Porting Kit? Buy also Crossover from Codeweavers! They are mass contributors of Wine development and are the core people making this possible.

Beta 2 of Crossover 21 released and what are the findings so far…

Beta 2 of Crossover 21 released and what are the findings so far...

As mentioned earlier and some probably have heard by mail replies as well, I am very busy with testing the Beta of CX21 and reporting bugs to get solved. The CX21 will be the new engine we can use in the near future when released, including some extra patching to solve some extra stuff like the Origin Client. But you may wonder what we are experiencing thus far in the latest Beta release of Crossover 21. We will tell you in the next coming paragraphs.

M1 Apple Silicon Support:
Maybe one of the most important things is Apple Silicon Support for games. We found that this has been improved a lot. Games like, Skyrim SE (without too many glitches), Monkey Island 4, Dungeon Keeper 2, and many more where we don’t know off (because we cannot test thousands of games in such a short notice) are now starting to work. We see also big steps forwards in other games, like that it first in CX20 didn’t launch at all, but now it launches but has some slowness issues or crashes. But there is process, as you know what I mean.

More games which stopped working in Catalina are working again as well!
We have tremendous good news! A bunch of games which stopped working in Catalina 64bit. Start working again in CX21! An important Xaudio bug has been resolved, making a lot of Ubisoft games work again, like Rayman Origins, Rayman Legends, Assassin Creed 2, Assassin Creed revelations , Anno 2070 and more. These popular games suffered under this bug in Catalina 10.15 and up, but is now fixed in CX21.

But thats not all, also Steam bugs are solved and working better and faster (no big delays anymore) and more games are working better (like Tomb Raider 2 and Tombraider 4) including improved Directx11 support in 64bit games. Yes, a lot of joy is coming!

Still a lot to do:
Although we certainly won’t complain about CX21, there is still a lot to do. Especially for M1 Apple Silicon support we have a long road to go. It’s improving but we aren’t there yet. But we are happy to see Wine development is going the good way, also for M1 Apple Silicon. I will in the coming time do more videos (Porting Diaries) regarding M1 Apple silicon gaming, to show what is all possible already :)

We are now in the second beta, so I expect only a couple of weeks for the real release. Then we will add some extra patches which will have some better compatibility and then, on the end of the road there we hope to have also the Origin Client back in business again which means all the C&C games, and many others are back playable again in Porting Kit. In short, there are a lot of cool things happing and we hope to have this all in place in a month or so.

Love the work we do? Become a Patron… and get extra Tiers! Want to support Porting Kit? Buy also Crossover from Codeweavers! They are mass contributors of Wine development and are the core people making this possible.

Grand Theft Auto IV for Mac

A community port! Lucas (a Porting Kit user), sent me an e-mail regarding that Grand Theft Auto IV  was working fine in the Grand Theft Auto Trilogy port we released recently. So that’s why we made a separate port for this game in the Porting Kit Database. Thanks to the Porting Kit community we are also expanding the game database. We love you guys being so involved in Porting Kit. And shortly the forums will be reopened as well and then we will have a specific section for that matter up there :) Enjoy the game!

Basic Portingkit Install Instructions Steam games:
1. Get the cheap steam serial of  Grand Theft Auto IV  here from Kinguin
2. Always read the “notes” of the game description first for additional steps!
3. Go to the library server tab and select the game you want to install and click “Install”
4. Portingkit will create the wrapper and locate your setup file in your download folder
5. The installation of the game will start, run through the install wizard.
6. Porting kit will say it has finished successfully.
7. Go to your local library tab and select the game and click “play”!
9. Login into the Windows Steam and activate the serial and download and play!!

Game description:
Includes 3 items: Grand Theft Auto IV and the episodes – The Lost and Damned & The Ballad of Gay Tony. This standalone retail title spans three distinct stories, interwoven to create one of the most unique and engaging single-player experiences of this generation. This definitive Grand Theft Auto bundle boasts hundreds of hours of single-player gameplay; a full suite of open-world multiplayer game types limited only by players’ creativity; dozens of eclectic radio stations with hours of music and original dialogue

Go to the Porting Kit game page up here…

Love the work we do? Become a Patron… and get extra Tiers! Want to support Porting Kit? Buy also Crossover from Codeweavers! They are mass contributors of Wine development and are the core people making this possible.

Syberia and Syberia 2 port updates and new videos (works also on M1 Apple Silicon Macs)

Great news! Now you have obtained Syberia (or when you are quick to get it now freely!) and Syberia 2, you can play this game on Big Sur and if you have an Apple Silicon Mac, play Syberia and Syberia 2 on that as well! You can find the 2 ports in the Porting Kit game library.

I even made 2 videos about that (Syberia and Syberia 2) playing the games on my M1 Apple Silicon Mac Mini. I like the second video the best myself :) Check them out below:

Syberia and Syberia 2 free for 48 hours!!

Great news! If you like adventure games and you haven’t Syberia and Syberia 2 yet, then get them free within 48 hours on GOG.com!  To obtain the 2 games freely click on the get it button on the home page, then it will be added to your account.

Both games are downloadable native for Mac, but are supported up to Catalina and not supported on Big Sur. Well, looks like we need to make it available for Big Sur and M1 Silicon as well. I made Syberia 1 and Syberia 2 already available for Big Sur now and it’s working fine on my Intel Macbook pro 2019. Both games are also tested and working on my Apple 1 Silicon Mac. The ports are now visible in the Porting Kit database. Enjoy!

Get the games free now! But be quick, 48 hours are past in no time!