Today sees the release of the Mac version of Civilization V’s Brave New World, the original title’s second expansion pack, following last year’s Gods and Kings expansion.
And it’s being released right alongside its PC version twin, also released today — which means multiplayer is gleefully cross-platform.
Reviews are already throwing heaps of praise on the expansion, which adds a bunch of new game concepts: A World Congress greatly ups the importance of city-states, international trade routes can be cultivated and there’s a new path to victory, via culture.
There’re also a ton of new nations like Brazil and the Zulu (hau!), and new units like the archaeologist. There’s (finally) even an American Civil War scenario.
Brave New World is $30 whether you buy it on Steam or as an in-app purchase (through Civ 5) from Apple.
When he was eight, Eli Milchman came home from frolicking in the Veld one day and was given an Atari 400. Since then, his fascination with technology has made him an intrepid early adopter of whatever charming new contraption crosses his path — which explains why he's Cult of Mac's test editor-at-large. He calls San Francisco home, where he works as a journalist and photographer. Eli has contributed to the pages of Wired.com and BIKE Magazine, among others. Hang with him on Twitter.