When OS X 10.9 launches this fall, Aspyr will begin dropping support for its games running on OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, the company announced in a blog post this weekend. Aspyr notes that all future releases of its games, as well as any patches and updates for existing titles, won't be supported on OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard. Additionally, older titles that receive updates or patches may cease to work on OS X 10.6 in some cases.
Aspyr says that, in order to continue using its games, users should update to the latest OS X their Mac can handle. If users cannot update their OS, they should not update any Aspyr games bought through the Mac App Store or those games will cease to work on their systems. Likewise, users should turn off auto-updates in Steam or the games will become inoperable on OS X 10.6 with future updates.
The company explained its reasoning for dropping support for Snow Leopard as follows:
Each new version of an operating system that Apple releases contains significant changes that Mac developers must adapt to. Reacting to the quickly changing OS environment on the Mac requires non-trivial resources, meaning Mac developers must make decisions about how to invest these resources.
Currently 8% of our existing audience is on Mac OS X 10.6, down from 16% in January. With the release of Mavericks we anticipate this reducing further, and therefore we believe our efforts should be focused on supporting the growing audience.
Aspyr is one of the most popular game makers for the Mac. Its latest release is the critically acclaimed Bioshock Infinite.