EA and Maxis have today announced that their latest SimCity game is coming to the Mac on June 11, and pre-purchasing will begin tomorrow, April 11. The title will be available to download through Origin for Mac — which launched earlier this year — and those who have already bought the title on PC will get the Mac version for free.
“Good news, Mac Mayors – today we can officially confirm the release date for the Mac version of SimCity is June 11, 2013,” EA wrote on the official EA Forums. “If you already own SimCity on PC, you will also receive the Mac version at no additional cost (and vice versa).”
EA has published a handy Q&A guide that answers some of the most popular questions it has received about SimCity for Mac. Within it, the company confirms that the Mac release will not be a port, but rather a native version build specifically for OS X. However, the game will be exactly the same, and any cities you’ve already built on PC will also be available on Mac if you use the same details to login to the server.
EA also confirms both standard and deluxe versions will be available — just like they are on PC. However, the company cannot confirm whether SimCity for Mac will support the new MacBook Pro’s high-resolution Retina display.
“We have not yet determined if we have Retina display support,” EA says.
Players will need a Mac running OS X Lion 10.7.5 or later, with at least an Intel Core 2 processor.
SimCity has received a lot of criticism since its launch — not for the game itself, but for EA’s awful servers, which initially couldn’t handle the masses of players trying to play their new game. SimCity has to be connected to the Internet to work — you can’t play it offline.
Here’s to hoping that Mac adopters don’t crush the servers for a second time.