Beta FAQ

How long does the beta run?

The Closed Beta is open from Saturday 16th February 1pm GMT (0600PST / 1400CET / 2200EAT) to Sunday 17th February 1pm GMT (0600PST/ 1400CET / 2200EAT).

I want to be part of the beta, what can I do to get in?

We are accepting applicants at until 2pm GMT (0600PST / 1500CET / 2300EAT) on Monday, 11th February.

I registered for the beta, when will I receive my code?

If you have been selected, you will receive an email during Saturday 16th February with your unique redemption code and instructions how to join the beta. We want to get as many fans into the beta as possible, but we can only invite a small group of fans to participate.

Why is there another beta? What’s the purpose of this beta?

We learned a great deal from our first Closed Beta and have set-up a second beta for the primary purpose of testing our servers. We have added more capacity to our servers in order to accommodate the flow of players. This beta will help us stress test them.

Is this the same experience as before?

We have implemented changes based on user feedback from our first Closed Beta. Players who participated in the first Closed Beta will notice improvements in the game when they use the zoning and road tools, alongside the hundreds of bug-fixes as well.

Why is this beta only 24-hour when the previous one was two days?

This Closed Beta was created specifically to test the server. We will only need a 24 hour period in order to do it and we chose a day that will allow for a largest number of players.

Will other items be unlocked?

This is the same build as the previous beta. Previous items that were locked are still locked. We did incorporate a number of fixes resulting from found bugs and feedback from the first Closed Beta.

What’s new in this SimCity?

SimCity delivers unprecedented depth of simulation with the new GlassBox Engine, where everything is simulated, from up to 100,000 individual Sims in a city, to every Kilowatt of power pulsing through a region of cities. The model-like world and detail of the simulation make this the most responsive and personal SimCity ever. This is also the most expansive city management game yet where multi-city gameplay across regions delivers a larger playing field. Play a single city or up to 16 cities at once each with different specializations, it’s your choice.

Multiplayer is also a first for the series, adding a new dimension to the game, as decisions impact both the city and the region, creating new ways to play by collaborating or competing to earn achievements. Finally, SimCity is a live service that simulates real-time updates and pushes them to players in the form of new challenges. Through this platform, Maxis is also able to provide a continuous stream of new gameplay features and content. Whether you play by yourself, with your friends or the rest of the world, SimCity introduces an infinite world of possibilities.

What’s in the beta?

Here’s the answer straight from Lead Producer Kip Katsarelis: The Closed Beta is an important step for us as we approach our launch date for SimCity. We’ve crafted a one hour replayable experience that will let you enjoy the magic of the game and allow us to test critical features. Everyone will go through our “Getting Started Scenario”, which takes you through the basics of how to play the game and gives you a sneak peak at some late game content. After that, you’re free to start your own city and play for one hour. We’ve given you all the tools to build up a medium density city, given access to the Casino Big Business, all of the basic services, loads of public transportation options, and several options on how you can power your city. You can start up as many cities as you like during the beta. We encourage you to try to build different types of cities, explore the leaderboards and try to beat the Global Challenge! By putting these features through a rigorous test, you’re doing us a huge service. Your feedback will go directly to the Development Team and make an impact on future updates. By playing the game you’ll be testing our online servers, helping ensure a smooth launch.

Is the beta English only?

This Closed Beta will offer multi-language support.

Is there a Mac beta client?

No, this beta is exclusively for PC users.

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?

SimCity has many communities for you to be part of. Get the latest news and content from our official portal at Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and subscribe to our YouTube channel for the latest game details and exclusive content.

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 will be available for PC and MAC.

When does SimCity land on store shelves?

SimCity will be available for purchase for PC on March 5th, 2013.

Will the Sims speak Simlish like past games?

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

What is the Pegi rating for SimCity?

SimCity for the PC has been rated Pegi 7+. 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.

When will the Mac version be available?

SimCity for Mac will be available on June 11, 2013.

Why is the Mac port launching later?

This isn’t a Mac port, but a full native version that runs on the Mac OS. Because of this, we want to take the time to ensure that Mac fans will get a version worthy of their platform.

How will users purchase the Mac version?

You will be able to pre-order SimCity for Mac soon. Stay tuned for more information.

Will the Mac version be available at retail?

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

Will the Digital Deluxe version be available for Mac?

Yes. You will be able to purchase the standard, Limited Edition 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.

Will PC and Mac users be able to play with one another?


Will Mac players be part of the same SimCity World as PC players, or will they be separated?

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

What system specs are you targeting with the Mac version?

Like the PC version, we are aiming to make the game as accessible as possible. Any user with Snow Leopard and a Core 2 processor will be able to enjoy SimCity for Mac.

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

No, the Mac version will have the same features as the PC version.