Originally planned for release in mid-June
, the Mac version of Sim City will be released on August 29, Electronic Arts has announced, and will be free of charge for those who bought the PC version. The company originally delayed
the Mac version by saying it wasn't "ready for prime time yet"
and that the company wanted to "ensure the Mac [version of the game] is a great experience for our players." The Windows release was lambasted
by early buyers for serious bugs, overloaded servers and poor administrative decisions that rendered the game all but unplayable for months.
The forthcoming Mac version will benefit from at least six major patches to the game that have been delivered since launch, restoring most of the promised functionality but leaving a legacy of badly-damaged customer relations. The retail price on the Mac version will be $50 and available from the company's Origin download service or the MacGameStore
. Users who bought the Origin version for Windows can re-download the native Mac version at no charge. Buyers should be aware that the game still requires an always-on Internet connection, even for single-player mode.