SimCity hits Mac June 11

Maxis' city-building game coming to Mac this summer with cross-platform play; PC sales rise to 1.3 million.

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Electronic Arts announced today that Maxis' city-building game SimCity will launch for the Mac on June 11. It will be available as a download only and won't be sold in stores.

Previously, the game was expected on the platform sometime this summer.

SimCity for the Mac includes cross-platform play, meaning PC and Mac gamers can play together on the same servers. Those who already own SimCity for the PC will receive the Mac version for free (and vice versa).

In addition, gamers can take cities they created on the PC and play them on the Mac by logging in to the same server they originally created the cities on.

According to Maxis, SimCity for the Mac is not a simple port of the Windows version, but rather has been created as a native version optimized for the Mac. Target system specifications for the game are Lion OSX 10.7.5 and a Core 2 processor.

Maxis said it has not yet determined if SimCity for the Mac will support retina display.

SimCity launched for the PC in early March and was plagued by a series of server woes that made the game unplayable for some. The city-building game has sold over 1.1 million copies in two weeks, becoming the "biggest SimCity launch of all time."

EA announced today that sales have jumped further to 1.3 million.

Discussion

75 comments
bahamutdragons
bahamutdragons

I now hate 1.3 million people more.  If people had used some self restraint, EA would have been forced to release a version without this form of DRM.  Gamers are the ones killing video games.

JeffreyCor
JeffreyCor

How about fixing the many gameplay problems in it first before worrying about making it available on another platform.

MysteryJ0ker
MysteryJ0ker

Note to self: Don't play in June when the Mac Users flood in. It might crash the servers..... again.

King-of-Leon
King-of-Leon

SimCity??? Mac??? Hahahhaaha so funny...

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

"So Mac owners, you heard how shitty this was on PC, don't you want to pay us for it?"

silvergol
silvergol

More Origin suckers Wanted! on MAC.

Fursnake
Fursnake

At first, I misread the title of the article as "SimCity shits on Mac June 11th".

Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

They should fix the game before putting it on more platforms. There is far more wrong with the game than simply connection issues.

Sardinar
Sardinar

Bow down, sheep. Bow down to your EA overlord. All 1.3 million of you.

rann89
rann89

1.3M. The reason EA keeps feeding customers crap? Because you keep eating it.

obsequies
obsequies

just in time for origin to be released on mac

strayfies
strayfies

Well, it tumbles ineffectually onto Macs anyway.

DrKill09
DrKill09

Who the hell games on a Mac? 

Rheinmetal
Rheinmetal

As long as people continue to feed EA, Steam and Ubisoft with billions of dollars don't expect any brighter future for video games.

kagento
kagento

A million people... and this is why business practices won't change. It would be interesting to see the income of Dead Space 3 microtransactions...

xsonicchaos
xsonicchaos

Oh no, but then they'll overload their servers with up to 5 more people.

jookiyaya
jookiyaya

Fix something about the great works! Its always stuck and production is not increasing =(

northArrow
northArrow

I wonder if the PC version will be functional by then

Yuusha09
Yuusha09

Released on June 11th.  Playable by June 18th.

2bitSmOkEy
2bitSmOkEy

Calm down with the EA flaming.  I think everyone gets it by now.  You're only hurting the industry by raging about it so much.

obsequies
obsequies

@DrKill09 the people who have enough money but are too lazy to restart the computer, or prefer thee os

poco_none
poco_none

@DrKill09 I do. What's wrong with that? The game-selection sucks but the few games I play run perfectly on my mac.

rann89
rann89

@Rheinmetal Don't expect any brighter future for video games? Steam is about as bright as it gets. Steam is the only company that lets you buy games at prices that aren't inflated. I can't remember the last time I paid a ridiculous $60 for the latest generation of 5-hour games that aren't worth anywhere near that amount. And only because I got it from Valve. Steam is the best thing to happen to PC gaming in a very, very long time.

canelacandy
canelacandy

@Rheinmetal I actually love giving my money to valve because they care about the future of gaming.

patiotom
patiotom

@Rheinmetal What did Valve do wrong with Steam, make money by selling games at a reasonable price and make 1 good game themselves each year and only 1 game. The bastards!!!!

CrashOV
CrashOV

@xsonicchaos No, they'll get their own separate servers so they can get the full experience from the game like the PC gamers have.

rann89
rann89

@2bitSmOkEy EA is hurting the industry by creating such a bad image of it.

shadow131990
shadow131990

@2bitSmOkEy In which way are users hurting the industry? I'm quite intrigued by your statement. Please bring some arguments!

Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

@canelacandy @DrKill09 Gaming on Linux is far better than on Mac and in some cases better than on Windows also. Valve put up info showing increases in frame rates for their games when played on Linux compared to Windows on the same hardware.

Being able to increase my framerate on my same hardware just by running Linux for the few games that are currently on it is quite a good thing.

2bitSmOkEy
2bitSmOkEy

@shadow131990 @2bitSmOkEy Spreading cynicism and hate for one of the pillars of the gaming industry (like it or not they are) is only going to cause problems in the long run.  Especially right now, with the economy and gaming industry being so depressing, do people really want to see one of the few stable large companies go under?  It would not be good for anyone.

canelacandy
canelacandy

@Toysoldier34 @canelacandy @DrKill09 I was talking about the amount of games supported, i hope that Valve changes that in the future with the steambox (i think the plan is to make the console on linux so it is easier to port the games later).

Daemoroth
Daemoroth

@2bitSmOkEy So... Always-online, a failed launch that is STILL being fixed a month later, THAT's a pillar of the gaming industry? I had no idea!

No, they (And other publishers) need to figure it out, we're done eating up whatever sh*t they feel like shovelling our way.

Their insistence on bad practises and destroying IPs in an attempt to milk consumers is hurting the industry, not the people who complain about it.

shadow131990
shadow131990

@2bitSmOkEy I don't think so. I believe indies are the future of the industry. That's what i like about games nowadays. Cd Project Red might also be a good pillar but not EA. Supporting EA would mean more money goes into shitty AAA titles. They could at least get rid of the DRM. I may forgive them if they get rid of the shitty DRM from Dark Spore and Simcity.

canelacandy
canelacandy

@2bitSmOkEy You are right, asking for a better service is never good, we should let EA keep this because always online and rushed games are awesome and are the best future posible for videogames

xsonicchaos
xsonicchaos

@2bitSmOkEy I do not agree with any of your statements. I can go on for pages of where you're wrong, so I'll just state that I do not see it your way. Also, don't tell people what to do, but it's just an advice.

northArrow
northArrow

@2bitSmOkEy Their continued inability to deliver quality products to market doesn't benefit the consumer.