Submitted by mdonahoe on Aug 29, 2013
United States

Welcome to SimCity, Mac Mayors. I’m Senior Producer Kip Katsarelis and I wanted to thank you for patiently waiting to play SimCity. We’ve been working hard since we launched SimCity on the PC, so I also wanted to tell you about all the things we’ve added in the past few months. Before I do that, let’s talk a little bit about the Mac version.

First off, when you purchase SimCity, you gain access to both the PC and Mac versions. And if you already own SimCity for PC, you will find that the Mac version is automatically accessible through Origin. SimCity for Mac is digital-only release. There is no separate disk version at this time. Both the PC and Mac version share the same servers, so you can play with your friends no matter what platform they are on. This also means that both versions will receive the game updates simultaneously.

Now let’s talk about some of the improvements and additions we’ve made to SimCity in the past few months. In total, we’ve released seven major updates with a variety of fixes and improvements. If you’d like to learn more, you can read all the notes here. Here are some of the highlights from these updates:

  • New Region Maps Edgewater Bay/Granite Lake: In Update 4, we released our first free region map, Edgewater Bay. This map is unique as it contains seven city sites in one cluster surrounded by a beautiful bay with one Great Work site in the center. It also contains a lot of flat land, in case you want to build a bustling casino city or a tourist haven. In Update 6, we released our second free region map, Granite Lake, containing two clusters of cities connected by a large lake and many, many mountains. If you like a challenge, this is the region for you.
  • SimCity Launch Park: This park was also released with Update 4 and is dedicated to our early adopters, like you.
  • New Hotels: With Update 3, we added 24 new hotel buildings to give cities more variety.
  • Improved Region Wall Chat: Update 5 improved the region wall chat with a new look and functionality. Chat now functions more efficiently. Time stamps show on chat messages on rollover. Regional events are easier to read and can be toggled on and off.
  • RCI Building Variations: To add even more variety to your cities, we added 84 height and color variations to the residential, commercial, and industrial buildings.

We also recently released Update 7, which focused on traffic improvements. Along with that it also added:

  • Raise/Lower Road Tool: This tool allows you to raise and lower roads, giving you the option to build both bridges and tunnels in your city to not only give you new ways to design your city, but also give you more options to control your traffic.
  • Houses of Worship Set: The free Houses of Worship set includes 4 brand new buildings that increase the happiness of your Sims. In addition to the righteous emotional boost, the House of Worship buildings are free to place and do not require any maintenance (though you are limited to four buildings in a city). The House of Worship buildings are also available to all wealth levels, so anyone can visit.

As you can see, now is a good time to start building. Look forward to seeing your cities!

Senior Producer Kip Katsarelis
Thursday, August 29, 2013 - 08:00
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download - yes, install - no

This is what i did, go to Library\Application support\origin\localcontent, then delete simcity folder inside.
Relaunch Origin, then i'm able to download

no doesn't work for me... nobody still downloading in europe?

I can't download it in Hungary, too. "Not released yet"

If you go to to buy, it says purchase from origin who's selling it for double what it is on the website....

I wanted to buy the game ... I think it's too soon. I will try in a few months! what a pity!

great!!! im downloading it right now!!!

ahahah its a joke he works at maxis ))) for sure !!

Senior Producer Kip Katsarelis, greatings, really good work! you must go to some coal-pit ! the same for Marketing director. EA Maxis you are the wroste!

they are deleting no good post ))) ahhaha really the wroste marketing i never saw in my life... YOu must be only FIRED !

I've been played for over two hours.. Works for me! -from Europe

I've been played for over two hours. Works for me! -from Europe

a game thats six months old
Buy it now in a store € 32,99
Buy it online for mac € 59,99
Fair deal

Origin still shows it preloaded but not released. Still cannot play it. Am I doing something wrong?

I bought the PC version and ran it over Parallels and was pissed, cause two days laters you guys announced the mac release, But what i love is that you can also download it without having to purchase again. Brilliant! Im downloading as we speak. Thanks guys

blog:/blog change replace patiently impatiently.

Changing... done.

C:/ftp upload blog_mac_updated


Origin can't read my OS X, saying that I must uptade my OS. But my OS is the Mountain Lion (10.8.4), the most advanced. When this bug will be fixed? I tried download simcity for mac all day long.

It's not saying that my game is there. It's only giving me the option to buy it again

After four months....thks EA! But I need help with settings: Which is the best settings for playing the game? I tried all settings 'medium', but the details (people, shadows, etc) are not completely PC settings. Please, anyone achieved the correct settings to get the best performance? I have 12GB of RAM....but don't sounds like it.. HELP! This.

I have downloaded the game which I have waiting months for. I have a graphic anomaly which looks likes an abstract hedge going kind of SW to NE on the screen. Any help is greatly appreciated!!

max resolution is 1920x and thats means if you have a 27inch screen you ll see 2 black bars on the sides. Thats ridicolous..the game looks like 10 years ago on my iMac

amazingly you failed to mention this game does not work with RETINA display laptops, please contact me for a full refund. thanks.

My god guys. Go on Origin on your Mac. Purchase the PC version. It gives you access to the mac version >.<
How many times do you need to be told? Do you need a damn step by step process? A youtube tutorial?
It's not rocket science!

I wish it looked like the pictures up there!!!! the graphics are garbage... i have a 2012 macbook pro and it looks hideous...i truly hate apple...cant believe i spent $1200 on this crap...never again!!!!

anyone having graphic issues (i.e. green lines, random black black squares, land going over roads)?

When I play on my Mac it looks like long grass coming out of the ground. Also when I build it causes the game to glitch. And sometimes the roads do not appear.

I can not download MAC version, even when I enter PC link...

I do not find a clear download process, then clearly, I can not install, I can not find Origin app... Why couldn't this be more easy after all this delay (2 months or more) ??

The install button was not working for me and I followed some advice above and now I am in;

Navigate to -> Library | Application support | Origin | Localcontent.
Delete simcity folder.
Restart Origin
Sim City will download again (took longer this time so maybe the first download was corrupt?)

Program Installed and running now.



my getting started tab at the beginning of the game wont work

my getting started tab when you first start the game will not load, any suggestions?

my getting started tab when you first start the game will not load, any suggestions?

what is happening. i download the game and all went fine. when i did the tutorial the image and graphics were horrible. i tried re-installing it but an error box appeared saying i had to try again later. what do i do. i waited for this a LONG time and now it doesn't work. what is happening???


In Hungary, I can't download the Mac version. It says it didn't published.

I can't download it.

Thank you, Maxis! I have played SimCity since you released the PC version. Now I enjoy SimCity on my iMac with maximum settings. I love everything about this game, and I have already clocked 200 hours of game time. SimAnt was not your best moment. You fixed it with SimFarm. Reached the skies with SimCity 4 and truely nailed it with this SimCity game. Thank you so much.

How I I change the resolution of the game to 2560X1440 in iMac?

I had no problems downloading and installing the Mac version yesterday. I live in the U.S. and was able to preload SimCity from Origin yesterday morning. The Play button was greyed out, and a message stated that the game would be available at 12:01 pm. At about 12:30 pm, I opened Origin and clicked Play. When the game started, it downloaded and installed some updated content which took a while. Once that finished, I was able to play SimCity on my Mac! Thanks Maxis!

I had no problems pre-loading SC the night before release, and at 1pm EST was able to sit down and get into it on my Mac just before a phone interview! Woo!!! Thanks for following through, Maxis, it made for a relaxing evening.

Still I can't download the game too

I'm getting increasingly frustrated at not being able to purchase the game. I'm in the UK and tried to purchase the game 5 times, with different payment types and I keep getting an 'Invoice Failed' error and NO ONE has been able to offer any help or advice or provide any further information on what the problem is.

My mother in law purchased the Physical PC version of SimCity for me, but all I have is a Mac. Is there anything I can do?

Can you give a friend your redeem code for MAC version or no ?

Love the game EA. I've been playing it on my old PC laptop in anticipation of the Mac release. But am stimied with problems in SC on the Mac. Spent all day today, finally trouble shooting it down to the graphic settings which on my system have to be tweaked way down to avoid the game's perspective going all the way to the corner, then getting stuck there.

It's a great game, really fun. I hope you're working on an update for Mac graphics problems. Ping me if you want details on my problem and solution.

The updates seem fantasic!

So how does it run on a
Macbook Pro
~Processor 2.5 GHz Intel Core i5
~Graphics Intel HD Graphics 4000 512 MB
~Software OS X 10.8.4 (12E55)
~Memory 10 GB 1333 MHz DDR3
~Hard Drive 288.79 GB free of 499.25 GB
Really don't want to waste 40$ on a game that doesn't run well on my Mac.
Please Reply with settings and FPS.I'd really appreciate it.

So how does it run on a
Macbook Pro
~Processor 2.5 GHz Intel Core i5
~Graphics Intel HD Graphics 4000 512 MB
~Software OS X 10.8.4 (12E55)
~Memory 10 GB 1333 MHz DDR3
~Hard Drive 288.79 GB free of 499.25 GB
Really don't want to waste 40$ on a game that doesn't run well on my Mac.
Please Reply with settings and FPS.I'd really appreciate it.

this games was a disaster, i cant play for 30min with out problems. i want my money back!!




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