General FAQ

What is SimCity?

SimCity is the reinvention of the flagship of city-building simulations. With this game, every choice you make you will see it affecting your city, your region and the world within the game.

Where can I find out more about SimCity?

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How long does SimCity take to play?

SimCity is a sandbox-style game with no time limits.

Can I play with my friends?

For the first time, SimCity will offer a full multiplayer experience.

What platforms is SimCity available on?

SimCity is currently available for PC and will be released on Mac August 29, 2013.

When does SimCity land on store shelves?

SimCity is available now for PC.

Will the Sims speak Simlish like past games?

Sims in SimCity speak in Simlish, however game language will be in English.

What is the ESRB rating for SimCity?

SimCity for the PC has been rated E10+ by the ESRB. SimCity’s Mac rating is still pending.

What’s the difference between The Sims and SimCity?

Both franchises are sandbox style open worlds that give you the tools to play with life how you see fit.

The Sims franchise is a life-simulation that enables you to play with life at a personal level and focuses on individual Sims and relationships... You take care of your Sims, build relationships, work to earn money, look after their hygiene and more.

SimCity is a city-building simulation that lets you create the cities that you desire. Gameplay is focused on the choices you make and how they shape your city and power the Sims within it.

Can I bring my Sims from The Sims 3 franchise into the game?

The Sims within The Sims 3 franchise are not the same as the Sims that inhabit your SimCity game. The Sims in your SimCity are affected by the decisions you make as Mayor. . They will come to you with requests for how they’d like the city improved and you can choose whether or not you’d like to grant their request. You will control their lives through a variety of ways like bringing in new industry, taking away jobs and forging relationships with other players. We made the decision to focus on the soul of the city and let players control the greater landscape than the individual Sim.

Is this game made by EA?

SimCity is being developed by EA’s Maxis Emeryville studio. Several key team members of past Maxis SimCity titles are back and will be working to make this the greatest SimCity yet.

Is the Mac version available?

Yes, SimCity for Mac is available now.

Is the Mac version available at retail?

The Mac version is only be available as a digital download.

Is the Digital Deluxe version available for Mac?

Yes. You can purchase the standard and Digital Deluxe versions for Mac.

Does SimCity support cross-platform play between PC and Mac users?

Yes. That means PC and Mac users will be building the world of tomorrow, together.

Can PC and Mac users play with one another?


Are Mac players part of the same SimCity World as PC players, or are they separated?

Yes, Mac players and PC players are part of the same world.

What are the system specs for the Mac version?

Any user with Lion 10.7.5 and above will be able to enjoy SimCity for Mac. Read detailed system requirements here.

Does the Mac version have any advantages or additions over the PC version?

No, the Mac version has the same features as the PC version.

Can I play the SimCity Cities of Tomorrow expansion pack on the Mac?

Yes, the SimCity Cities of Tomorrow expansion pack is available for both Mac and PC.