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.

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