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EA will launch the Mac version of SimCity on June 11. The game will be made exclusively available as an Origin download and support cross-platform play with the PC edition, which has chalked up 1.3 million sales since last month’s release. Maxis GM Lucy Bradshaw said that all SimCity owners will be able to play together across the same servers and play both versions using the same Origin account.
"One purchase will give you both the Mac and PC versions,” she explained. “You only need to buy SimCity once to play together across the same servers, regardless of which version you're playing. We didn't want to make any compromises when it came to the Mac so we created a native version that is optimized for the hardware and OSX."
Maxis has also restored SimCity’s fastest gameplay mode, known as Cheetah Speed, which was disabled in early March as part of the company’s efforts to cope with the overwhelming demand on the game that resulted in a disaster launch. Additionally, Maxis said it’s working on update 2.0 for the urban construction game.
We said in our SimCity review: “SimCity's a mess of moving parts, occasionally clicking into place and allowing for brilliant experiences before coming undone and tearing everything down. With updates to both server stability and the game itself, SimCity's wonderful moments may be able to overtake the bad ones to create the best game in the series. But if those don't come, EA's bustling metropolis may end up a ghost town.”