is headed to the big Apple
, not to be confused with the Big Apple (New York City). We're talking about the Mac
platform, with availability scheduled for June 11, 2013, Electronic Arts (EA) announced in a forum post today. For those who already own the PC version of SimCity, they'll receive the Mac version at no additional cost, and vice versa.
Why won't the Mac version be available sooner? EA says Maxis is creating a native version optimized for Mac OS X as opposed to a simple port, hence the June launch. There will be standard and Digital Deluxe versions, both of which will be available in digital download form only.
Perhaps the greatest news is that SimCity will support cross-platform play between PC and Mac users. Everyone will be playing together on the same servers, allowing opposite camps to build cities alongside each other. How cozy, right?
SimCity got off to a rough start when EA's servers buckled
under the pressure of requiring always-on connections. The publisher later admitted that its lack of preparation was "dumb" and offered SimCity players a free game download
for their troubles. The always-on requirement is point of aggravation
among gamers, undoubtedly contributing to EA being voted Worst Company in America
for the second consecutive year