How about that SimCity, huh? Well, if you're willing to overlook all the bad press surrounding the game's terrible launch week and the always-online aspect, EA is offering a pretty good deal for the Mac version coming out in June. On June 11, Mac users (Gamers?) will be able to pick up SimCity for their platform, exclusively as a digital release via Origin. Okay, so that part isn't so hot, but hey, EA is going to throw in the PC version at no extra charge.
What about PC gamers? Well, if you bought SimCity on PC either "as a physical or digital copy," then you'll get a copy of the Mac version too -- also as an Origin download.
Lucy Bradshaw, general manager and senior VP at Maxis, notes that the team didn't make any compromises regarding the Mac edition:
“SimCity is coming to Mac on June 11 and one purchase will give you both the Mac and PC versions. 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.”
For those of you who've been living under a rock (or don't visit us often enough), SimCity had a rocky start when its
always-on DRM always-online setup caused a ton of problems for early buyers. Namely, folks couldn't actually play the game unless they tried logging in at some ungodly hour.
Since then, EA has tried to make amends with the SimCity fanbase by giving away free games to registered players. Not that this has helped them stay off The Consumerist's "Worst Company in America" tournament; EA took home the prize a second year.