Friday, June 10, 2011

Bus Driver ported to Mac OS X

This may not be so exciting news for many of you anticipating Trucks & Trailers and especially Euro Truck Simulator 2, but today we have reached an important milestone in SCS Software's history.

Our game Bus Driver has just become available on Mac App Store!

Many of our core fans have never forgiven us for not creating a true bus simulator in Bus Driver, just "a" game about buses, but good old Bus Driver achieved its design goals perfectly, it was well-received by the younger-age target group, and has been selling reasonably well given its conservative ambitions.

The technology milestone reached today means that from now on we should be able to release our future games for Mac OS X as well as Windows PC (and perhaps re-release a few older games as well). Hopefully being able to reach more customers on the new platform, and increasing sales this way,  means that we'll be able to justify investing even more effort into our future projects.

34 comments:

  1. I do not like this post. I am not interested in Bus Driver.

    But the last part was exiting. Yes of cause you need to get T and T, as well as ETS 2 on the Mac platform. This is probable easy enough. That this thought have not crossed your mind earlier is a shame.

    Good luck getting more customers this way.

    Hope you post about ETS 2 or T and T this weekend.

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  2. a very good message!

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  3. Good for you, SCS! :-) I enjoyed Bus Driver, still playing one or two missions time to time. I don't care it's not a simulation. It's funny and balanced game and that city is pretty huge and interesting - and quite realistic. One of best maps you ever created.

    Hope this step will help you. Can be expected that this will be not huge business, but on the other hand users of Mac don't steal software so much as PC users - and every sold copy counts.

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  4. As a windows and learning mac developer I know how difficult this kind of port can be. Bravo, hats off to you. Mac is going to become a very important platform as more and more people buy mac due to the popularity of iPhone and iPad devices. Not many Mac OSX games and not many people know about bootcamp.

    Written on a MacBook Pro running windows.

    I look forward to seeing more games go this way.

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  5. Yeah, TruckerJim is right. It sounds easy, but it can be pretty hard to port sw from Windows to MacOS (or vice versa), especially if you do not consider with it during development. So, in a way, it's another SCS's techological milestone.

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  6. I hope this will motivate you SCS, to create in future, a good bus simulator with the quality of ETS2! I wasn't wrong when I told you this game was still played by many fans (including me). ;-)

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  7. SCS,could you make 18 wos:haulin' to work on windows 7 32 bit?Like re-release it so it's compatible with win 7

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  8. Congratulations SCS. i hope with this new kind of sell you will have enough budget to make more great games.

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  9. I am interested in Bus Driver next generation! :)

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  10. Hey SCS ,

    that is a super news! I have an iMac and must play your games with Parallels Desktop to get Windows 7 on my mac... But now it is an easliy way to play.

    I hope you release Euro Truck Simulator 2 for MAC OS, too! That would be great!

    Greeting

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  11. "and perhaps re-release a few older games as well"

    Oh, now I dream about 18 WoS Across America in ETS2 engine! (c8

    What I miss there is the interior mirrors and the slightly increased freedom in the cab. Love the CB and the portraits, made me imagine I knew some of those folks, ha! Runaway imagination, you know... (c;

    As for Bus Driver, never did get that one. Yet. dc:


    And congratulations on starting to get a foot in on the Mac market, hope it makes you more profit to put into your future projects.

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  12. @SCS:
    This news made me think: why not think in a future bus simulator game not based only in cities but based in travelling around europe or americas? That's for the future of course.

    And congrats for the acheivement!

    Best regards!

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  13. In the future I would like to play 18 Wheels Of Steels Across Sud America and drive a bus, not a truck.

    I'm from Argentina

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  14. that's a very nice message :)

    would love to see 18 Wheels of Steel : Pedal to the Metal on Mac. It is until now the best simulation game on the market (looking at features and functions)

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  15. Why not combine the two games? U can use the strong points of each game: The realistic citys of the bus simulator, and the highways from the truck simulator! But I guess it's harder then suggest.

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  16. Wen Interessiert das????Macht ma ne neue Grafikengine und ein gescheiten LKW Simulator,mit Schadensmodell,selbst Tanken,Fussgänger,polizei und zoll kontrollen..

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  17. ^ Learn english, maybe then you'll find out that people are still interested.

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  18. Learn German Kiddie

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  19. Some of you seem to have forgotten that this blog it's not et2.scssoft.com. It's blog.scssoft.com, which means it's SCS company's blog, and they will post any news the want about anything related to their company.

    It's OK to be waiting for posts about ET2, I am too, but they are free to post about anything... Like new computers on their office, a new office building, new employers, or anything SCS related.

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  20. @Katixa, I mean that we are allowed to say our opinion. Negativ or positive, regardless about what is in the post. Bus driver/ 18wof/ ETS2/ ETS/ GTS/ UKTS or T and T.

    We can read the name of the site. We can write it to. If not we would not gotten in here.

    If we like a post or not is an opinion. But if you want to discuss this team. I'm here.

    When that’s been said. I agree with your point. This is the SCS blog. Not only about ETS 2. But if SCS want to tell us about their new PC or employers I hope they do it in a post about a game. If not it would be a boring post.

    Only my opinion.

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  21. When will the new bus driver2? I hope it's better than the bus driver, because the buses that have very square and very monotonous theme should be to build our businesses, in addition ficiticia companies to compete for passengers, meeting times, I designed the Irizar PB for 18 pttm and buses can do better than bringing the game more realistic and to be able to enter other accessories or at least buses that you can add user-created the style of 18 pttm the best game in the series, I think, greetings and congratulations on your excellent work in trucking games

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  22. Hi SCSSoft...

    Just bought the game today and been playing it and its pretty good so far. I like the fact that its more of a mini-game, missions are short and you can do a few in short bursts; I'll be playing this one for a while. ;-)

    My one *big* issue is that the game doesn't pick up my joypad. My joypad works fine for other games but when I go to Controllers in the Options menu it won't let me change it, it just says "Keyboard Only". This makes the game less fun because you can't hold the brake at a constant rate, just below the hard deceleration limit, to slow down quickly.

    Instead I'm finding I have to pulse it and if I'm too busy looking at the road and hold it too long I get the hard deceleration warning and all the passengers start screaming.

    Its also hard to stay within the lane, I find myself constantly pulsing the left and right keys because there is no fine control.

    Will this be something you'll be addressing in a future update or is there some little tweaking to the configuration files that I can do to get it recognize my joypad?

    Thanks...

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  23. Congratulations to performances that have succeeded and that you have reached an agreement with those from MAC and I hope that you will be able to launch and T & T but ETS2 both PC and MAC is something tarts better because I and MAC but I and PC is a good thing anyway so you will be able to increase the sales puntine chances of taking the game on the net I mean those who have MAC ...

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  24. Good... but... again!!! and againd... Where is the patch for ALH?

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  25. After ETS2, it would just about be time to develop a true bus simulator using the existing ETS2 map - so long distance bus driving will be possible:-)

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  26. YES finally, i used to play hunting unlimited and 18wos on PC now i have a mac , so can you put those on there aswell???

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  27. Thanks a lot SCS! But the current version always crashes when it tries to run. I have an older 2007 MacBook so this is probably why. I read that you are working on an improved version that will support stuff like the Intel GMA 950 chipset, hopefully this will be available sometime soon because I am itching to play this game on a Mac platform.

    Again, thanks for branching out to new platforms and I can't wait to actually be able to play it on my Mac!

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  28. A small review for danish users of Bus Driver ;)

    http://maczonen.dk/2011/06/23/minitest-bus-driver

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  29. I really like this game bus driver. its really cool but i wish it was free but wtf

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  30. It's really nice to see it on mac, but why would I want to buy the same game I own on pc that has no update what so ever! I still play it, but come on paying $20 for may be one hour to finish all levels WTF??? Put more levels + new maps and buses, then I'm gonna buy it again :)

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  31. I have even more frustrating is a chance that the bus driver game? With modern buses?

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  32. I'd like to see 18WoS series games on Mac. Please please... Thank you for porting Bus Driver BTW!!

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