SimCity for Mac launches August 29

City-building game from Electronic Arts and Maxis releasing later this month with cross-platform play.

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The Mac version of Maxis' city-building game SimCity will release on August 29, publisher Electronic Arts announced today. The game was originally expected to release on Mac June 11, but was later delayed because it was not "ready for prime-time yet."

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SimCity for 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.

SimCity is not the only high-profile game coming to Mac on August 29. That date also marks the release of BioShock Infinite for Mac.

SimCity launched in March for Windows PCs, and was beset by widespread server woes. Despite its initial struggles, the game has sold over 2 million copies to date.

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