The first beta of SimCity first rolled out at the beginning of the year, and a short while ago, it was confirmed by EA that SimCity for Mac would be ready for prime time at the end of August. Right on cue, SimCity has just made an appearance over at the Mac App Store, and considering how badly the PC launch went down thanks to its requirement of an always-on Internet connection, the publisher will be hoping for a lot less controversy this time around.
Those who purchase through Steam using SteamPlay will be able to enjoy their copy on both PC and Mac, so if you aren’t an out-and-out Mac user, this is probably a better option than simply grabbing it from the Mac App Store and limiting yourself.
The PC version dropped in March, and fewer games dropped in recent memory have been fraught with quite so many issues. The move for the ever-unpopular always-on connection left many gamers unable to play the game, and the range of problems prompted Maxis, SimCity’s developer, to offer refunds to some customers.
With five months having passed since then, one would hope that such issues have been ironed out, and SimCity fans can instead get down to the more important issue of building and running their own virtual worlds. With Maxis’ general manager Patrick Buechner sounding off on Twitter that users should download early to avoid the imminent rush, it would seem those integral to the title’s creation are sure that a repeat performance of March’s antics is not on the cards.
There are two separate editions of SimCity available; the standard release, which costs $39.99, and the deluxe edition, which includes a healthy dose of add-ons and bonus packs.
You can grab the new SimCity right now from various outlets, including the Mac App Store, EA’s very own Origin Store, Steam, or SimCity.com, so if you’ve been waiting patiently for the game to arrive to your Mac, be sure to go and pick it up.