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SimCity for Mac Delayed Again, This Time Until August

EA Maxis announced today that the release of the Mac version of its new SimCity game will be postponed until August, citing the need to make sure it’s “ready for prime time.” Considering the rough reception the PC version received on account of server issues and connectivity problems after its launch in March (even to the point of forcing EA Maxis to temporarily disable crucial aspects of the game), that’s probably a good idea, to put it lightly.

In Maxis’ announcement, Senior Producer Kip Katsarelis admitted it was a tough decision. “We want to ensure the Mac is a great experience for our players and that is why we are taking more time,” he said. To thank Mac users for their patience, Katsarelis announced that players of the Mac version will receive “Launch Park,” a special area of the game introduced in the PC version’s Update 4 for early adopters.

Depicting British cars on the wrong side of the road was the least of SimCity’s problems.

That sounds nice, but considering that the rest of announcement detailed a cascade of coming bug fixes and improvements for the existing PC version, it’s worth wondering if the Mac version will have a bumpy launch regardless of the extra time. On the bright side, as Maxis originally announced in April, you won’t have to buy a new version of SimCity for Mac if you’ve already bought it for the PC.

This marks the second time the Mac version’s release has been delayed. Maxis originally announced that it would debut at the same time as the PC version, but later pushed up the release date to June 11.

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