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SimCity And Origin Arriving On Mac

Apple devotees received some exciting news during today’s EA @ gamescom press conference: both SimCity and Origin will be coming to Mac soon.

The Mac version of the new SimCity is slated to arrive in spring of 2013. Apple users will be able to take advantage of Glassbox-driven gameplay, along with SimCity World and CityLog connectivity features, by purchasing and downloading the game through Origin.

Learn more about SimCity social features in the gamescom trailer below:

Attendees at this week’s gamescom conference will also be among the first in the world to go hands-on with SimCity. But being in Cologne isn’t the only way to try SimCity early; you can also register for a chance to play the city-building beta. Sign up at www.simcity.com/beta today for a chance to provide valuable feedback to Maxis while crafting your city.

SimCity is available for pre-order now on Origin.

 

[Post was updated on January 28, 2013]

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Comments (30)

  1. +7 -4
    Hey EA! I hope that you read this, but SimCity as well as all your new games had better be coming to Origin and Steam. For an obviously greedy company, I don't know why you wouldn't want to sell more.
    Aug 14, 2012
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  2. +10 -3
    EA: if you are releasing it on Mac, go to App Store route. We all know it, and know it won't be bloated up with your nonsense. Go have a look at Macrumors. They have a huge user base, and they are upset about Origin. NOBODY wants it. Either deliver through the Mac App Store, a physical DVD, or we aren't buying it.
    Aug 15, 2012
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  3. 0 0
    Back in March I asked about Mac and got flamed. Now this. I'm happy! ;)
    Aug 16, 2012
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  4. +6 0
    I wish MAXIS was its own copany and not some part of EA games
    Aug 16, 2012
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  5. +4 -3
    I don't get it if you're releasing the game for Mac, why not just release it for Linux (Ubuntu) as well. Regardless if you're creating a native game or simply wrapping it with Wine, if you're releasing a game on Mac there's no reason you can't release it on Linux (Ubuntu) as well.
    Aug 23, 2012
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  6. Comment Flagged +18 0
    I purchased almost all of the Sims 3 downloadable content while using a pc. I have just switched over to a mac. My original Sim 3 game is n a CD and works on either pc or mac, so I am good there. However, am I understanding correctly that I cant download Origin on my Mac? What about all my other Sims games/content? I purchased them and now cant play them? Certainly I am misunderstanding something? I hope that I am still able to get to my games somehow. Please instruct me how.
    Sep 11, 2012
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  7. +7 0
    I have the exact same problem as DebiMacNC and it is very frustrating. I was so happy when I got my Mac because my PC was very slow and I thought playing Sims on my Mac would be so much fun but now I find out that Origin isn't compatible with Mac so I have no idea how to get my games back. Help would be very much appreciated.
    Sep 16, 2012
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  8. +6 0
    Just like Motanie and DebimacNC, i have the same problem. I have bought the original sims games and all of the expansion packs. I decided to buy a Mac and unfortunately found out that I cant play any Origin games because Origin is not compatible. it'd be nice if somehow that since i've paid for the games that you could send me it in cd format.
    Sep 28, 2012
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  9. +6 0
    Same problem as, Bretagne1234, Motanie, and DebimacNC. All of my expansion packs have become obsolete; and for the record, expansion packs are NOT cheap. My PC recently burned out, so I decided to download the sims onto my boyfriends Mac, which in turn was when we both found out that Origins is not compatible with Mac. Being young and living in a poor economy, I'm sure you can understand my disappointment, collecting games for 3-4 years and 200-300 dollars worth are now useless. Fix it.
    Oct 9, 2012
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  10. +5 0
    You can throw me in the same boat as the past four comments. I have a nasty habit of throwing away boxes and manuals and just keeping discs. I own the discs to Sims 3 and about 4 or 5 other expansions. I loaded up Origin on a older Windows computer I own and went to my games and it's only showing The Sims 3 and the Generations expansion. Why isn't it showing ALL my games? It's missing SPORE as well. Anyways, looking forward to February.
    Oct 16, 2012
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  11. +2 0
    Release it on Orgin. I really need orgin becuse i am buying an Macbook pro Retina. That new version doesn't have a disc drive. So i need Orgin to be able to download my sims 3 games an play them without a disc :) Hope Orgin comes to Mac really soon!
    Oct 25, 2012
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  12. +4 0
    So will the PC copy I already preordered also work on my Macbook pro or will I have to cancel that one and buy the mac version instead? I prefer the OSX version if I have the option since my daily-use computer is a macbook pro.
    Oct 29, 2012
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  13. +2 0
    IS IT FEBRUARY YET!?
    Oct 31, 2012
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  14. 0 0
    can't wait :) i was having so much **** while running window on my mac
    Nov 12, 2012
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  15. Comment Flagged +4 -2
    EA you SUCK MAXIS did a way better job than you losers
    Nov 16, 2012
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  16. +3 0
    Its about time! i downloaded sims on a PC a few years back but couldnt play it since the PC broke. And Origin isnt for Mac so ive been simless for a while now.
    Nov 24, 2012
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  17. +2 0
    I'm very happy to hear that origin is coming to Mac since I've recently purchased due to my PC burning out. As others have posted I was very upset when I found out I wasn't able to play my Sims games on my mac. I bought the first Sims game as a direct download & majority of my other expansion packs so I do hope that since you're making Origin Mac compatible that I will be able to play the games I've purchased before.
    Dec 13, 2012
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  18. +3 0
    Yeah, about time! If the games are compatible with Mac then surely Origin should be? Ugh. Idiots.
    Dec 18, 2012
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  19. 0 0
    Ah Finally, I can wait for the SimCity for Mac,, I am playing SimCity Social on the facebook.
    Dec 18, 2012
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  20. +1 0
    i am in th same boat as the rest...i just got my macbook pro an was soo excited because i got to play my sims game on a better computer..then i find out origin isnt compatible with mac -___- wtf? are thy dumb...th cd is compatibl with it...why not mac!? they ned to fix this asap!! aghhh soo mad!! does anybody know when they are going to?
    Dec 20, 2012
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