SimCity is coming to Mac, beta signups open now

When the king of city-builders was first launched, more than two decades ago, it almost didn't matter what sort of home computer you had. SimCity was playable on almost any machine, and wasn't bothered whether you had a Mac or a PC. Today, nothing's changed, with EA announcing that the new SimCity will be available on both Mac and PC when it launches in February 2013.

Lucy Bradshaw, Senior Vice President and General Manager of EA’s Maxis Label, explains:

Whether you owned a Macintosh or a DOS PC, we all have memories of laying down zones and reticulating splines from our youth. To the millions of SimCity fans out there, we’ve been listening and can proudly say that your calls have been answered. SimCity has a long legacy on the Mac and the team at Maxis is ensuring that it will be the deepest, richest and most accessible SimCity game yet.

Both versions of SimCity are in development at Maxis, and while the developers haven't stated the games will be identical, but Mac gamers are promised "the same deep, rich gameplay" as the PC experience - and the two platforms will be able to create new worlds, together.

If you're lucky enough to be in Cologne, Germany, you'll be able to get your hands on SimCity for PC at gamescom 2012, where a guided demo is available on the show floor. It's been designed to give gamers a first look at the SimCity World - a new social feature for the game.

Described as the "connective tissue", SimCity World will let gamers share their progress through CityLog, compare accolades in Leaderboards, take on Global Challenges, and even have an effect on the economy through the Global Market.

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...not able to get to Cologne? Well, budding mayors still have a chance to get their hands on the game early: Sign up for the SimCity closed beta at www.SimCity.com/beta. You'll need to do that from your gaming machine - or from another which has access to your dxdiag file - and we're not yet sure if Macs are included in this early testing.

If you're lucky enough to be chosen, EA and Maxis are very interested in your views and feedback based on your experiences, and will use your responses to help shape the future of SimCity.

(Alternatively, if you're prepared to wait until the game is properly finished, polished and ready for public release, you can Preorder SimCity directly from EA.)

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