Much-Delayed SimCity Coming to Mac August 29th

Discussion in 'Mac Blog Discussion' started by MacRumors, Aug 5, 2013.

  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    SimCity for Mac will be released on August 29th after being delayed several times in order to "ensure a great experience" for players, EA said today.

    The Mac version was originally set for a February release, but was delayed to June 11th and then again delayed until August. The PC version of Sim City was released back in March.

    SimCity's PC launch was more than a little rocky, largely because the game can only be played online. EA requires that the game be connected to its servers at all times to facilitate 'region play' where the cities of multiple players are connected to share utilities and citizenry.

    At launch, SimCity's servers were overwhelmed with traffic and the gameplay experience was extremely poor. Today, EA seems to have ironed out most of the bugs and users are playing the game as intended.

    Currently, the PC version is available via the EA's Origin store for $40, or as a digital deluxe edition with extra buildings and add-ons for $60.

    Article Link: Much-Delayed SimCity Coming to Mac August 29th
  2. macrumors newbie

    Jul 10, 2010
    Too little, too late. This game sucked from the beginning and I stopped playing it. The city size is ridiculous. The only place this game runs well is in the garbage can, where it belongs, with EA.

  3. macrumors 65816

    Apr 15, 2010
    Nottingham, England
    In the UK it's £45 and £65. How does that make sense :/
  4. macrumors member

    Sep 13, 2009
    ² played it for 2 weeks I think. I just keep following them on social networking sites, in the hope of ever seeing an update about bigger maps. Not expecting it :D . They're just focussing right now on selling DLC (10$ for a few props)
  5. macrumors 6502

    Apr 24, 2006
    Meh... I'm torn about this. I actually enjoyed playing the game via Bootcamp, but I'd much rather have it native Mac. Rebooting into Windows and waiting for a million Windows Updates to install is exhausting.

    I think half of the reason I stopped playing was Windows, but the other half was the city size limits and general bugginess.

    Since it'll be free for me to download on the Mac side, I'll probably install it... but by then Summer will be over and I'll probably be on to some other game.
  6. macrumors member


    May 26, 2011
    If this version has a "Classic Mode" that supports both offline and large independent cities, I'm in!
  7. macrumors G3


    Aug 24, 2009
    There might be an off chance that this game might be a worthy sequel and will work perfectly on launch.

    But since this is EA, I'm not counting on it though. No sale.
  8. macrumors 6502a


    Jan 29, 2010
    Northern Atlanta suburbs
    Disappointed to hear all the negative reviews and extended delays on this game ... Spend many many hours on the original versions back in the day!

    I am hopeful for some improvements as I was excited when this was first announced.
  9. macrumors 6502

    Oct 15, 2010
    trying to reserve judgement for now...

    I still don't understand why they're forcing players to be online to actually be able to play the game?! It just feels like EA is trying to force something onto users that's somewhat unnecessary, rather than allowing the user to decide for themselves how that want to utilize the gameplay options available to them.
  10. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 18, 2010
  11. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 3, 2010
    That is why this game exists.
  12. macrumors member

    Apr 4, 2010
    I would guess it is a system to help prevent piracy. The Xbox One was also trying to use that kind of system where the console had to check in with the servers and I believe that was an authentication check.

    Publishers have been pushing these changes hard.
  13. macrumors 65816

    Battlefield Fan

    Mar 9, 2008
    Don't bother... game is crap. Spend your money elsewhere.
  14. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 4, 2007


    Agreed. Yet when this game does poor sales, EA will blame the Mac gaming market rather than themselves and poor corporate decisions.
  15. macrumors regular

    Feb 21, 2011
    EA please... I'm done with you.

    The game is still corrupt. Even after update 6 we still got bugs and problems. Besides those bugs... it's totally boring after you played a week or 2. You will build everything within 2 weeks, and then you are staring at your screen thinking "What is the point of this". There is no overall goal, no competition.. nothing.

    You build everything in the game, and you'r done. Don't tell me there is a leader board with "most mined raw ore" and sorts... because after you know the game a bit, every non-logical person can get in those leader boards.

    It's almost crap beside the graphics.. those are nice.

    EA good by, and good luck.. I will not buy anything anymore from you..
  16. macrumors regular


    Jul 6, 2011
  17. Cougarcat, Aug 5, 2013
    Last edited: Aug 5, 2013

    macrumors 603

    Sep 19, 2003
    To be fair, the game has improved a lot in the last few months. RCI actually matters now, and the next update will have much needed road tools added. Of course, that should have been in 1.0...

    That said, I'm not buying the game again (I returned it after the first 2 weeks) until they address the ridiculous city sizes. I don't think that'll ever happen, though, because then the Glassbox engine would really start to fall apart.

    SimCity has never been about those things. It's about creating goals for yourself, and being creative in designing the city you want. SimCity actually has more "gamey" goals than the previous games, with the leaderboards, great works and various industries, and they feel a bit out of place for a SimCity game.

    The thing is, the game doesn't allow for much creativity. There are no terraforming tools, and the city sizes are so small that you are essentially forced to design for maximum space efficiency, and that makes for boring cities.
  18. macrumors newbie

    Jul 22, 2011
    I was actually looking forward to this game.., until I read you guys comments :p
  19. mazz0, Aug 5, 2013
    Last edited: Aug 6, 2013

    macrumors 6502a


    Mar 23, 2011
    Leeds, UK
    Not unless VAT is 75% (it's not, it's 20%). With current exchange rate and VAT $40 is £31.20, they're adding 50% to the price because we drive on the wrong side of the road so they had to reprogram all the sims.
  20. macrumors 6502


    Jan 15, 2013
    +1 to your comment. I have never known a company more hell bent on self destruction than EA. They have a great catalog of games that they try to seppuku with each new iteration. Worse yet we've gotten so invested in their IP that we moan and groan while still turning over the credit card. At some point I will have to man the eff up and stop buying ea (they don't even deserve CAPS):mad:
  21. macrumors 6502a

    Oct 5, 2011
    Southern California
  22. Guest

    Apr 17, 2005
    Currently in Switzerland

    1 - It's EA;

    2 - It can ONLY be played online.




    Buy the classic SimCity 2000 on and have more fun.
  23. macrumors 65816


    Sep 1, 2010
    And collectively the world shrugs and goes "who cares"

    Until they release a proper version of this i can play on the train, or in my hotel room without having to connect to the inter webs ill treat it like i treated Diablo III, a game with leprosy
  24. macrumors 68030

    Oct 31, 2007
    London, UK
    Awful game - a series of design blunders to justify the always on DRM mean it's no fun to play.

    Avoid at all costs.
  25. macrumors 6502

    Mar 28, 2011
    Was planning to buy the Mac version on launch-day. They lost my $60 due to the delay.

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