Company of Heroes no longer available

eeperman

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I was a big fan of the original Company of Heroes and bought the Mac version from the App Store several years ago. I have recently upgraded my MBA to Sierra and CoH no longer appears in my Purchased tab in the App Store. A trip to Aspyr's site suggests that the game is no longer available, but previous purchasers should be able to download it from the App Store - that is clearly no longer the case.

Is there any way around this? I own CoH on Steam, but don't have the space to set up a BootCamp partition. I am feeling slightly aggrieved that a purchase I made can just be taken from me purely because I chose to upgrade my OS...
 

Irishman

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I was a big fan of the original Company of Heroes and bought the Mac version from the App Store several years ago. I have recently upgraded my MBA to Sierra and CoH no longer appears in my Purchased tab in the App Store. A trip to Aspyr's site suggests that the game is no longer available, but previous purchasers should be able to download it from the App Store - that is clearly no longer the case.

Is there any way around this? I own CoH on Steam, but don't have the space to set up a BootCamp partition. I am feeling slightly aggrieved that a purchase I made can just be taken from me purely because I chose to upgrade my OS...

Have you reached out to Apple? That would be the first thing I would do in your situation.
 

MacsRgr8

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You said you bought it on the Mac App Store?
Are you sure you cannot find it in your purchased tab? i can still find software I bought years ago which isn't available on the MAS store now, but is in my purchased tab (DiRT 2 is an example for me).

If you're sure, I would get in touch with Apple too. If they cannot let you re-download your purchase, you should get a refund.
 

Garrod

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...I own CoH on Steam...
Have you installed Steam on macOS? A lot of my games for Windows on Steam appeared for Steam for macOS once they had been ported - all for free, too. Examples are Tomb Raider, GTA III and GTA Vice City. There are more but I'm not at home now to check!
 

Les Kern

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Perhaps purchased under a second account? I have an old one some apps were purchased under and I have to shuffle logins to update.
 

pixelatedscraps

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Just wanting to resurrect this thread as I am in looking to get COH up and running again on a Mac running 10.12.6. Has anyone got this working, either through Steam or original DVD install?
 

Exbuster

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Mar 26, 2018
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I was a big fan of the original Company of Heroes and bought the Mac version from the App Store several years ago. I have recently upgraded my MBA to Sierra and CoH no longer appears in my Purchased tab in the App Store. A trip to Aspyr's site suggests that the game is no longer available, but previous purchasers should be able to download it from the App Store - that is clearly no longer the case.

Is there any way around this? I own CoH on Steam, but don't have the space to set up a BootCamp partition. I am feeling slightly aggrieved that a purchase I made can just be taken from me purely because I chose to upgrade my OS...
I have a MacBook Pro Retina Mid2012. I see COH:Complete Campaign Editor available for download. I bought from Aspyr Media several years ago and see it in my purchased tab of the app store under OSX High Sierra 10.13.3 I have always loved RTS. This is the best of the best. I don't see it available for purchase anymore, however, which is unfortunate. It appears that it has totally switch over to Steam.
 

Exbuster

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Mar 26, 2018
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Just wanting to resurrect this thread as I am in looking to get COH up and running again on a Mac running 10.12.6. Has anyone got this working, either through Steam or original DVD install?
Still works perfectly on my MacBook Pro and and just loaded it on my new iMac 27" with OS X High Sierra 10.13.6 from the Apple App Store. I believe it is only available in the App Store if you bought it previously before it was retired.
 

jerwin

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Have you installed Steam on macOS? A lot of my games for Windows on Steam appeared for Steam for macOS once they had been ported - all for free, too. Examples are Tomb Raider, GTA III and GTA Vice City. There are more but I'm not at home now to check!
steam has company of heroes ii, but not, irrc, the original-- which is truly a classic. I've recently played the Market Garden Campaign I know the intent was to show off the Panzer Elite, but after seeing "A bridge too far" I wish I could play as the doomed British.

As far as CoH2, which has massively inflated ststem requirements,
Frankly, I preferred Ardennes Asssault to the Soviet Campaign, even though it was a glorified Capture the Flag campaign.
 

Exbuster

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Mar 26, 2018
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I was a big fan of the original Company of Heroes and bought the Mac version from the App Store several years ago. I have recently upgraded my MBA to Sierra and CoH no longer appears in my Purchased tab in the App Store. A trip to Aspyr's site suggests that the game is no longer available, but previous purchasers should be able to download it from the App Store - that is clearly no longer the case.

Is there any way around this? I own CoH on Steam, but don't have the space to set up a BootCamp partition. I am feeling slightly aggrieved that a purchase I made can just be taken from me purely because I chose to upgrade my OS...
The original COH (non-steam) is still available in the purchased apps area as of June 2019 in the Apple App Store for OS X as long as you purchased it prior to the switch to STEAM. OS X 10.13.6 High Sierra is the last fully compatible version and works fine on my iMac after a recent fresh install. As of this writing, I have extensively tested original COH on OS X 10.14.5 Mojave on my MacBook Pro. Gameplay is not affected but there is a pre game app launch info box message that COH is not optimized and a post game exit error message. So the stand alone game app is showing it's age, but to reaffirm, the game play user experience in the game still works perfectly without error as of this writing. Quite a testament to a game that was released in 2006, 13 years ago!!!!
 

mpfuchs

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Update:
I was trying to re-download from the app store on my new mac mini running Mojave.
Even tough it showed up under purchases in there, I could't open the app page and therefore couldn't download the game.
Then I tried the same on my MacBook running High Sierra and I was able to download the game, transfer it over to the mini after installation and at least it opens up fine.
Haven't had a chance to see if there are any issues with the game play, but just wanted to post this update here, as this thread came up during my searches.
 
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Exbuster

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Update:
I was trying to re-download from the app store on my new mac mini running Mojave.
Even tough it showed up under purchases in there, I could't open the app page and therefore couldn't download the game.
Then I tried the same on my MacBook running High Sierra and I was able to download the game, transfer it over to the mini after installation and at least it opens up fine.
Haven't had a chance to see if there are any issues with the game play, but just wanted to post this update here, as this thread came up during my searches.
I have tested and implemented an Apple supported solution today in 2020 to continue playing Company of Heroes I for those who previously purchased the stand alone download through the App Store (NOT Steam), now that 32-bit support has ended with the introduction of OS X Catalina (10.15). The answer is basically to create a volume on the disk (NOT a separate partition) and install an earlier OS X such as Mojave on that volume. Now, my laptop always boots to Catalina as always, but if I want to play COH-1, I hold the option key when turning on and the laptop and it boots to Mojave. Boom! Play COH-1 same as before. Initially, I thought the steps were intimidating, but found the process rather straight-forward in hindsight. There was no code or command prompts involved. It's strictly common user interface level steps. This process can works for Mojave or other recent versions of OS X. I Summarize the steps as follows:

1) Review MacWorld article on Dual Booting to understand general process: https://www.macworld.com/article/3284378/how-to-create-a-bootable-macos-mojave-installer-drive.html.
2) Use Time Machine in OS X Catalina System Preferences to create a full system backup (or update your current backup). This is always a standard best practice to undo changes.
3) Obtain at 16GB USB keychain drive.
4) Download and Install "Disk Creator" software as described in article.
5) In Catalina, download OS X Mojave from App Store. Use links in MacWorld article if necessary to get the Mojave install file. NOTE: Make sure you decline the installation which is prompted right after the download completes. Cancel out!
6) Using "Disk Creator", make a USB Startup Disk that can install Mojave later on.
7) In Catalina, open "Disk Utility" app. Create a new Volume (not a partition) (I called my new volume "Mojave"). 30-40GB max size should be sufficient, however if you have other 32-bit apps you want to use, you may want a higher max. I did not state a reserved amount. (One particular benefit is that the AFHS format allows available space to be shared with the Catalina drive while still keeping the Mojave volume data and operation completely separate. So making 40GB max does not mean Catalina can't use it if you run out of space. (If you create a Partition instead of a Volume, this would not be allowed.) Volumes are a relative recent feature introduced by Apple to work with drives formatted AFHS.
8)Shutdown then turn on machine with USB plugged into Mac and HOLD "OPTION" key as it reboots.
9) At prompt, Select USB drive to start up with and not the internal drive.
10) As the USB starts, select to begin the Mojave Installation. In the next steps, make sure you select the New Volume as the destination when prompted, not the Catalina drive. Installation will begin. System will restart when done.
11) System should boot to Catalina normally. In System Preferences, there is an item called Startup Disk. You can choose which OS X you want to boot up to automatically upon turning on your computer. Mine is set to Catalina so my wife can use the Mac none the wiser.
12) Shut down from Catalina
12) Turn on mac and immediately hold down the OPTION key. The Mac should prompt you to select which drive to boot from. At the prompt, select your drive with Mojave on it. Computer will boot to Mojave volume. I skipped all iCloud and setup steps.
12) Now that you are in Mojave, sign into App Store after reaching desktop. Go to Purchased Apps. Download a fresh copy of COH-1. (This will only work if you bought COH-1 before it was taken off the App Store. It is no longer available for purchase, only download for current owners.)
13) Reboot computer without holding OPTION key. Mac should boot normally to Catalina.

I have been playing for several nights now. No Issues!!!!! And best of all Apple supported!!!!
 
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