Following the announcement of its digital distribution service heading to Mac, iOS, Android and Facebook, EA unveiled what many city builders have been waiting for since SimCity was announced for PC at GDC in March. Today, Electronic Arts and Maxis revealed that not the next entry into the renowned city simulation franchise will be coming to Macs the same month that it hits PCs.
The title will be made available via the Mac version of the Origin. The decision, according to senior vice president and general manager of Maxis, Lucy Bradshaw, came down to the tradition of the franchise. “Whether you owned a Macintosh or a DOS PC, we all have memories of laying down zones and reticulating splines from our youth,” said Bradshaw. “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.”
SimCity has generated a bit of controversy after Maxis announced in March that it would require a dreaded persistent online connection, similar to the one that haunted Diablo III players around its launch. That online connection will enable the first multiplayer capabilities in the franchise’s history, as cities have the capability to affect surrounding areas that are being run by friends. SimCity is currently set to launch in February of 2013.
[via PC Mag]