SimCity Arrives On the Mac on June 11th With Cross-Platform Servers

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    The new SimCity will ship for the Mac on June 11, EA reported today. Gamers will be able to purchase SimCity for Mac as a $60 digital download via Origin, EA's Steam-like digital store that launched earlier this year, as well as other digital retailers. Owners of the PC version of SimCity will receive the Mac version for free, and vice versa.

    EA is emphasizing that this is not simply a Mac "port" of the Windows version, but instead is a native version of the game designed specifically for the Mac. The software renderer has been rewritten for OpenGL, but the Mac version will use the same servers as the PC edition so gamers can play together regardless of what platform they are using.
    SimCity's 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 multiple cities 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 the bugs and users are playing the game as intended. The company recently turned the 'Cheetah' speed mode back on after disabling it to reduce load on the servers after SimCity's initial release.

    EA originally said SimCity would come to the Mac in February of this year, but pushed that ship date back.

    Article Link: SimCity Arrives On the Mac on June 11th With Cross-Platform Servers
  2. macrumors regular

    Oct 26, 2007
    I was excited about this 2 months ago. Now I couldn't care less if I never play it.
  3. macrumors 6502


    Oct 11, 2003
    London / Stockholm / Under your bed
    They shouldn't waste their time.

    We don't want their DRM-crippled always-online Sim TOWN.
  4. macrumors regular

    Sep 5, 2012
  5. macrumors 65816


    Jun 27, 2011
    Simcity was fun the first 50 games. Now it is just tiring.
  6. macrumors 6502a


    Mar 7, 2006
    Great. EA's going to look at this and think "well, games don't sell on OS X" after the fallout from Sim City 5.

    Wasted potential.
  7. macrumors 6502a

    Oct 23, 2007
    Hopefully no server issues. I've wanted to play this but can't put bootcamp on my MBP not enough HD space and now I gotta wait till June.
  8. drewyboy, Apr 10, 2013
    Last edited: Apr 10, 2013

    macrumors 6502a

    Jan 27, 2005
    Sim"Town" sucks. Just stay away. Always on, DRM, horrible servers, game glitches, bad AI, very small town... overall just bad.

    Edit: Lets not forget the virus/trojan that is Origin
  9. Editor emeritus


    Jul 10, 2003
    Falls Church, VA
    Still frustrated that it isn't on Steam. Then I could just download the Mac edition to my new 27" iMac and play it there or play it on my HP laptop - whichever I choose, and not have to pay twice.
  10. macrumors 68020


    Feb 28, 2009
    The "bugs" that make this unpurchasable for me are by design.

    e.g., they won't be fixed.

    I won't repeat them, but youdangbetcha "always on drm" is at the top.
  11. macrumors 6502a

    Nov 10, 2006

    EA said they are offering the Mac version for free for PC owners as well along with cross-platform multiplayer and unified saves and achievements. Along with it being a native Mac game instead of Cider, it's clear EA/Maxis put a lot of effort into the Mac version. Hopefully the potential damper of the controversial always-on internet requirement on Mac sales doesn't discourage EA from this high level of Mac support for future games. DICE is porting the Frostbite engine to Mac so BF3 or BF4 for Mac could be in the pipeline.
  12. macrumors 6502

    Jun 28, 2011
    Could be the capital of North Korea by the sound of it.
  13. macrumors 68000


    Jun 29, 2007
    Maybe the beta will be over by then and we can play the game, your not missing anything at this point...
  14. macrumors 68020

    Nov 16, 2006
    You dont, I do. Dont speak for other people.
  15. macrumors 65816


    Sep 20, 2008
    Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
    Meh. Bought it and I think it is the biggest scam of the year. I will never ever purchase anything from EA again.

    (In other news, EA was elected the worst company in America history for the second time in a row. They deserved it.)
  16. macrumors 68000


    Jun 29, 2007
    Take it you having "played" it yet...
  17. macrumors 604


    Nov 26, 2007
    Wait, EA is actually taking steps to stop being the crappiest game company in the world?

    I'm still not interested in SimCity (I just don't care for that type of game), but maybe if they'd put this much effort into C&C 3 I might have considered buying other games in the series.
  18. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 13, 2011
    South Carolina
    I was hoping for it on Steam as well.
    Good info!

    So, SimC. I've played it some. I've not put an enormous amount of time into it. I haven't had any issues with the time I've played, so hopefully it'll be all well by June too. I have enjoyed it mostly.
  19. Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I've been waiting for this to come but since seeing all the issues with the always on network connection and performance issues, I'm not so sure.
  20. Moderator


    Staff Member

    Sep 8, 2010
    Detroit, Michigan
    As a fan of the SimCity games of past, I still may buy this despite the DRM and always on connection requirements and other issues pointed out by other users. I still want to play it and make a judgment of my own on it.
  21. macrumors 65816


    Aug 1, 2000
    Los Angeles, CA
    Am i the only one who thinks it is BS to have to have your games online?

    What about us who are traveling, on go or such and just want to play on their laptop, where no internet is available???

    Seems like EA's zeal for copyprotection and DRM has overridden the basic needs of their customers
  22. macrumors 68030


    Jul 30, 2010
    Glasgow, Scotland
  23. macrumors 68000


    May 3, 2012
    Same... maybe... the DRM crap is a big issue, though... but I've been waiting a long time for this game.
  24. macrumors regular

    Oct 12, 2003
    I bought it, and like it. It's great i can get the mac version for free :)
  25. Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I may also take the plunge and I'm hoping to recapture the fun that the older versions once had.

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