1. Akshay Masand's Avatar

    After experiencing a six month delay, EA has finally released the Mac version of the new SimCity. The game which was originally set to come out in February of this year was delayed to “ensure a great experience” for its players. EA has repeatedly emphasized that the Mac version of SimCity isn’t a “port” of the PC game but rather a fully native version designed specifically for the Mac using OpenGL. That being said, the game however does include full cross-platform support to facilitate “region play” where the cities of multiple players are connected to share utilities and citizenry, with PC and Mac Mayors able to play in the same regions.

    For those of you who aren’t too familiar with it, SimCity’s PC launch was more than a little rocky, mainly because the game could only be played online. EA made it a requirement to be connected to its servers at all times, a requirement which had caused the company many issues and backlash. At launch, SimCity’s servers ended up being overwhelmed with traffic and the gameplay experience was very poor. Today, EA seems to have ironed out most of the bugs and users are able to play the game as intended. EA added the following notice regarding its system requirements (viewable in full at the bottom of the purchase page):

    In general, most Late-2009 iMacs, mid-2009 MacBook Pros, and mid-2010 MacBooks meet the SimCity's minimum specifications. Other systems not listed here may be able to run SimCity, but can experience graphical or performance issues and would require an OS upgrade.
    Those of you who are big SimCity fans can download the standard game for $40 through EA’s Origin store or pay $60 for a Deluxe Edition which includes additional content. Purchases cover both platforms so those of you who bought the game for the PC will get the Mac version of the game for free (and vice versa).

    Source: SimCity

    Twitter: @AkshayMasand
    2013-08-29 10:00 PM
  2. Frankiehr's Avatar
    Finally gonna play it
    2013-08-29 10:45 PM
  3. slim.jim's Avatar
    I might get this. Normally game when booted into Windows though.
    2013-08-29 10:52 PM
  4. Frankiehr's Avatar
    Had it on windows but since I switch to Mac, hopefully it runs better on Mac
    2013-08-29 11:03 PM
  5. Donnutt's Avatar
    I loved SimCity, have had everyone since, well, SimCity.... But I somehow missed the game's release. I'll have to buy it now!!
    2013-08-30 06:25 AM
  6. Checksum47's Avatar
    Its been confirmed that the Mac version of the game is just a wrapper. Its not even an actual port. What a bunch of bull.
    2013-08-30 03:14 PM
  7. quidam_brujah's Avatar
    Like what you can do with EVE ONLINE? Or Star Trek Online? Lovely. And by lovely I mean, it sucks
    2013-08-30 03:30 PM
  8. Cer0's Avatar
    Stupid EA for not having native 27in iMac resolution. Super sucky since Windows gets it.
    2013-08-31 06:12 AM