For more than 23 years, SimCity™ has entertained over 30 million fans worldwide and it returns to the platform that started it all on June 12. SimCity will be coming to the Mac on June 12 exclusively as a digital release via Origin™ and other online retailers. Fans who purchase SimCity will be able to play the game on Mac and PC, regardless of which version they buy, as well as access their cities from across both platforms. Players who have previously purchased SimCity for PC, either as a physical or a digital copy will receive the Mac version as a free digital download on Origin* on June 12.
“SimCity is coming to Mac on June 12 and one purchase will give you both the Mac and PC versions. You only need to buy SimCity once to play together across the same servers, regardless of which version you’re playing,” said Lucy Bradshaw, Senior Vice President and General Manager of EA’s Maxis Label. “We didn’t want to make any compromises when it came to the Mac so we created a native version that is optimized for the hardware and OSX.”
With more than 1.3 million units sold on PC since launch, the beloved city-building simulator is back with the series creators at Maxis™ and it delivers the most immersive and personal SimCity experience ever, where players can create and destroy the cities of their imaginations. SimCity runs natively on Mac and its entire software renderer was rewritten for OpenGL, ensuring the best performance for the platform. Via Origin, SimCity is cross-platform compatible, so all players will be able to play together across the same servers. Players will be able to play both versions with the same Origin account, allowing them to seamlessly continue their cities, achievements and leaderboard progress across the PC and Mac.
Mac System Specs:
OS: Mac® OS X 10.7.x
Processor: Intel® Core™ 2 Duo
Video: INTEL HD 3000, NVIDIA® GeForce® 9400M or ATI™ Radeon™ HD 2600 Pro or better
Memory: 2 GB RAM
Storage: 12 GB
Have any more questions? We’ve compiled a FAQ below that looks to answer all your questions. See you on June 12th, Mac Mayors.
Q: When will the Mac version be available?
A: SimCity for Mac will be available on June 12, 2013.
Q: Why is the Mac port launching later?
A: The Maxis studio is not producing a Mac port, but has created a native version that has been optimized for Mac OS.
Q: How will users purchase the Mac version?
A: SimCity for Mac will be available as a digital download via Origin. It is already available for pre-purchase on Origin. If players have already purchased the PC version of the game, then they will receive the Mac version automatically on June 12, with no additional purchase needed.
Q: Will the Mac version be available at retail?
A: The Mac version of SimCity will be available as a digital download only.
Q: What languages will be supported?
A: The Mac version supports all languages available in the PC version.
Q: Will the Digital Deluxe version be available for Mac?
A: Yes. You will be able to purchase the standard and Digital Deluxe versions for Mac.
Q: Does SimCity support cross-platform play between PC and Mac users?
A: Yes. Everyone is playing together on the same servers. That means PC and Mac users will be building cities alongside each other.
Q: If I have both a PC and a Mac, do I have to purchase two copies of the game if I want to play on both systems?
A: All players who registered their copy of SimCity will have access to both the PC and Mac versions of the game through Origin. Only one Origin account can be logged in at a time. No additional purchases are necessary.
Q: If I previously purchased a copy of SimCity for PC, do I need to purchase a copy for Mac, too?
A: All players who previously purchased a copy of SimCity for PC will find the Mac version already pre-entitled in their Origin accounts on June 12. No additional purchase is necessary.
Q: I bought the PC version of SimCity. How can I confirm I have the Mac version?
A:In Origin, on your “My Games” page, hover over SimCity and click the info button. You will then see SimCity on Mac in the “Add-ons & Bonuses” section. You will be able to download and play the Mac version on June 12.
Q: What system specs are you targeting with the Mac version?
A: Any user with LION OSX 10.7.5 and a Core 2 processor will be able to enjoy SimCity for Mac.
Q: Will the Mac version have any advantages or additions over the PC version?
A: The Mac version will have the same features as the PC version.
Q: Will the Mac version support Retina display?
A: We have not yet determined if we have Retina display support.
Q: Will there be a demo for the Mac version?
A: There is no demo currently planned for the Mac version.
Q: Will SimCity be available on any iOS devices?
A: SimCity is currently available for the PC and will be available on Mac on June 12, 2013.
Q: Can I take my existing cities that I have created on a PC and start playing with them on the Mac version of SimCity as well?
A: Yes. You will need to log in to the same server you first created your cities on. You will be able to pick up where you left off on.