SimCity Finally Launches on the Mac With Native Version and Cross-Platform Servers

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    After being delayed for six months, EA has finally released the Mac version of the new SimCity. The game was originally set to come out in February of this year, but EA decided to delay it to "ensure a great experience" for players.

    EA has repeatedly emphasized that the Mac version of SimCity is not a "port" of the PC game, but a fully native version designed specifically for the Mac using OpenGL. However, the game will 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.

    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.

    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.

    EA on system requirements, viewable in full at the bottom of the purchase page:
    SimCity is available through EA's Origin store at $40 for the standard game, or $60 for a Deluxe Edition that includes additional content. Purchases cover both platforms, so gamers who already bought SimCity on the PC will get the Mac version for free.

    Article Link: SimCity Finally Launches on the Mac With Native Version and Cross-Platform Servers
  2. jav6454 macrumors P6


    Nov 14, 2007
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    Ohhhh a Tornado!!! And there goes half my district. Should be fun.
  3. MacGeek1987 macrumors regular


    Sep 11, 2012
    New Hampshire, USA
    Would love to play, I pre-ordered months ago. Unfortunately, Origin is unstable on the Mavericks beta... just my luck.
  4. GSPice macrumors 68000


    Nov 24, 2008
    I might be getting this mixed up but isn't this the game that people thought was just way too small? As in, quickly running out of things to do?

    All I know is that the trailer looked cool lol
  5. skywalkerr69 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 21, 2011
    New York City
    I didn't know people still played this game. I thought it died with the BlackBerry Pearl.
  6. kiantech macrumors regular

    Jun 9, 2007
    I was really excited about this game until the whole PC fiasco.
  7. Schtumple macrumors 601


    Jun 13, 2007
    That remains the #1 issue, one of my friends said it just gets repetitive after a while as you build out an entire city and then move on, building out another city all over again, at least with Sim City 4 and previous the time span of each city was immense.
  8. Cougarcat macrumors 604

    Sep 19, 2003
    Yes, the maps are way too small.

    Amazon has this game as a download cheaper, though EA's store does refunds now so that might be a better option.
  9. Ellmer macrumors member


    Jul 13, 2009
    Brighton, UK
    You know, EA could've taken the money right out of my pocket had this game been available when Origin launched for Mac. But instead, the dust of excitement has subsided, and the awful, awful reviews have swayed me away.
  10. leman macrumors 604

    Oct 14, 2008
    Finally! Now if only it would also start properly instead of launching a small garbled window, and I would be happy :D What a joke...
  11. macchiato2009 macrumors 65816

    Aug 14, 2009

    as expected

    i was waiting for this game, but will not buy it until i hear massive positive feedback about decent/good gaming experience
  12. ValSalva macrumors 68040


    Jun 26, 2009
    Burpelson AFB
    Is this the first time any of the SimCity games have been available for the Mac? I remember playing this in 2000 on a PC.

    Seems a little late :rolleyes:
  13. boy-better-know macrumors 65816


    Jun 30, 2010
    Can't buy it on the UK site. Has anyone in UK managed to D/L it yet?
  14. AppleMark macrumors 6502a


    Jun 17, 2009
    The CCTV Capital of the World
    I do not see why Apple don't just do a deal with EA and other software companies to ensure that Amazon do not under price the Mac App Store....?

    Oh... wait a minute.... ;)
  15. Cougarcat macrumors 604

    Sep 19, 2003
    Every version of Simcity since 1989 has been on the Mac, and almost every Maxis game.
  16. Windlasher macrumors 6502

    Jan 11, 2011
    robbed again.

    I've been waiting for this, even bought the PC version on steam figuring I would get the Mac version on Steam when released. And now of course, Not released on Steam.

    So much for pre-ordering crap.
  17. Kissaragi macrumors 68020

    Nov 16, 2006
    I did and its working perfectly so far.
  18. Cougarcat macrumors 604

    Sep 19, 2003
    It's not available on Steam. You must have bought SimCity 4 Deluxe, which is actually a much better game. download the excellent NAM transport mod, run it in WINE (runs great) and enjoy.
  19. Kissaragi macrumors 68020

    Nov 16, 2006
    Erm... no you didn't, its not available on steam for mac or pc
  20. FlatlinerG macrumors 6502a


    Dec 21, 2011
    Ontario, Canada
  21. anubis macrumors 6502a

    Feb 7, 2003
    The original SimCity was available on the Mac in the 1990 timeframe, in full 4-bit color!
  22. Cougarcat macrumors 604

    Sep 19, 2003
    You can get a Mac-compatible version on
  23. thatisme macrumors 6502


    Mar 23, 2010
    United States
    choppy as all get-out on the 2011 MBA. I expected that, but not nearly this bad. Unplayable at any respectable resolution.
  24. DaveN macrumors 6502a


    May 1, 2010
    Why not keep a 10.8 boot sector and boot into it when you want to play Origin?

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