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Sid Meier's Civ V Coming To The Mac 'This Holiday'

Not unexpected, but very welcome. I hate using Boot Camp.

Aspyr Media would like you to know that it's putting out a Mac version of Sid Meier's Civilization V in the near future. It doesn't, however, want to let you in on the specifics just yet. A shame, I say. A man should be entitled to know all about a game that has the potential consume his waking and sleeping hours.

Here's what we know so far, courtesy a press release. Aspyr insists that, when released, Civ V Mac will provide a "native experience." We'll be able to see if this is the case at some point "this holiday." And when the game does hit shelves, it literally will--there will be boxed and digital versions, according to the Aspyr blog. "The game will come in both boxed and digital flavors, both of which will be available for preorder in the next few weeks at GameAgent.com and other retailers," the Civ V post reads.
 

 
There's been no word if this version, which will presumably hit after the PC edition of the title receives its first two bits of DLC, will include that extra content or will ship with any patches that may be released for Civ V for PC beforehand. There's also been no mention of specs, though these platform-specific images might give you a good indication as to if your Mac can handle the game:  
  

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Posted by BradNicholson
Aspyr Media would like you to know that it's putting out a Mac version of Sid Meier's Civilization V in the near future. It doesn't, however, want to let you in on the specifics just yet. A shame, I say. A man should be entitled to know all about a game that has the potential consume his waking and sleeping hours.

Here's what we know so far, courtesy a press release. Aspyr insists that, when released, Civ V Mac will provide a "native experience." We'll be able to see if this is the case at some point "this holiday." And when the game does hit shelves, it literally will--there will be boxed and digital versions, according to the Aspyr blog. "The game will come in both boxed and digital flavors, both of which will be available for preorder in the next few weeks at GameAgent.com and other retailers," the Civ V post reads.
 

 
There's been no word if this version, which will presumably hit after the PC edition of the title receives its first two bits of DLC, will include that extra content or will ship with any patches that may be released for Civ V for PC beforehand. There's also been no mention of specs, though these platform-specific images might give you a good indication as to if your Mac can handle the game:  
  

Edited by tineyoghurt

Great that they make games for those things.

Posted by TheSmartMonkey

Time to get my Civ on

Posted by MysteriousBob

You hate boot camp? Boot camp is the only OSX software that stops me from throwing my MacBook in the garbage. The last time I ever loaded OSX was when I installed XP three years ago.

Edited by Catfish666

Aw right, this is great. I was already afraid that I would have to bring my macbook to its knees by running Civ V via bootcamp. Reckon it would've heat the darn thing hot enough to cause 2nd degree burns on my fingertips. 
  
edit:
@MysteriousBob: I    must say that I totally love to be able to have bootcamp, but I still prefer a native ports of games, as said macbook(pro)s can't really handle the heat build up that well. I've got a early '09 MB Pro 2.4ghz Core 2 duo and when I played Dawn of War 2's demo, lappy would just go to sleep after 15 mins of playing always. I recently managed to play through the Witcher keeping a room fan aimed at the lappy at a downward angle ^^

Posted by oatz

Awesome. 
@MysteriousBob said:

" You hate boot camp? Boot camp is the only OSX software that stops me from throwing my MacBook in the garbage. The last time I ever loaded OSX was when I installed XP three years ago. "
Bro, you are missing out.
Posted by MrPilkington

Awesome...now if only I had a Mac.. LOL! XD
Posted by fwylo
@oatz said:
"Awesome. 
@MysteriousBob said:
" You hate boot camp? Boot camp is the only OSX software that stops me from throwing my MacBook in the garbage. The last time I ever loaded OSX was when I installed XP three years ago. "
Bro, you are missing out. "

Ageed, OSX is pretty hawt. 
 
And I'll be picking this up for sure.
Posted by Jazz

Been playing it with Wine..nice to see a native port 

Posted by Lukeweizer

Great, now I'll buy it when it goes on sale on Steam.

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Posted by FritzDude

Who play games on a mac anyways? If you bought a mac to play games on, then you did a bad deal. *Taking on my flame suit.*

Posted by Deathpooky

Excellent - though the combination of ports and Civ V already being unstable gives me cause for concern.  Just happy to be able to play it here soon though. 
 
Also, isn't it strange that they didn't mention Steam at all in the press release?  Civ V requires Steam AFAIK, but no mention of Steam as a retailer or if people who have bought Civ V automatically get the Mac version.

Posted by Jayross

Aspyr? Eh, I guess that's not terrible. I would have hoped that a native Mac version would have been developed.

Posted by Jayross
@Catfish666 I'm glad to learn that I'm not the only person who calls their laptop "lappy".
Posted by SuperSambo
@FritzDude said:
"

Who play games on a mac anyways? If you bought a mac to play games on, then you did a bad deal. *Taking on my flame suit.*

"
Macs arent for gaming sure, but being able to play the odd game is nice.
Edited by Sooty

I'll stick to using boot camp. 
 
A) Games always run worse in OS X  (fuck OpenGL)
B) I'm not buying it a second time. 
 
@FritzDude said:

"

Who play games on a mac anyways? If you bought a mac to play games on, then you did a bad deal. *Taking on my flame suit.*

"
I don't think many buy them purely to play games on but Macs are finally at a point where they can actually play games. The MacBooks come with good GPU power now, not shitty Intel GMAs that struggle to run Plants vs. Zombies.  
 
You pretty much have to use Windows though, for example; StarCraft II runs at half the FPS in OS X, I can play it on high through Windows 7 but OS X lags so much at those settings. 
 
That said I just have a MacBook 2010 for some light gaming when bored at college and then my gaming PC for 'real' gaming.
Posted by ComradeCrash

That's cool. Might be fun to use my laptop for other things than school.

Posted by Faltru

Steamplay?

Posted by papercut

Woot woot. That was the only pc game that i wanted to play this year. Now i can throw my life away with this, super meat boy, and mine craft.

Posted by Cybexx

I hope this is steamplay, also I am standing on pins and needles waiting for that patch.

Posted by ruffedgz

I had to share this exciting news :D

Posted by Milkman

This is pretty off topic but is anyone experiencing a lot of crashes since the last patch?

Posted by msavo
@FritzDude said:
"

Who play games on a mac anyways? If you bought a mac to play games on, then you did a bad deal. *Taking on my flame suit.*

"
I didn't buy my mac for games it's just a nice addition. Just like Netflix on consoles, you wouldn't buy a 360 just for Netflix but it is a nice addition. 
Posted by MAguilera

The digital copy is going to be what saves me from buying this game on day 1.  I have a hard time paying full price for anything on steam.  Good thing too, as soon as I get this my daughter is going to be neglected for a few months.

Posted by gnarlycore

great news...I've already played this 25 hours at work according to steam haha.

Posted by ShinAli
@Ygg said:
" I'll stick to using boot camp. 
 
A) Games always run worse in OS X  (fuck OpenGL)
B) I'm not buying it a second time.
Or you could actually keep up with the OS you're using and get the new Snow Leopard video drivers. Games run similar enough to their Windows counterparts that I'm considering wiping off my Windows 7 install now. 
 
That and Civ 5 will most likely be available under Steamplay as it has been done the same for Civ 4.
Posted by darkjester74

I hope Steam does a SteamPlay thing for this, I don't want to pay a second time for this game.

Posted by AngryRedPlumber

Yippie!  I cannot wait to play Civ V!

Posted by Morden2261

This is excellent, excellent news!  I'll buy this as soon as it pops up on Steam and then start salivating in preparation for its arrival.

Posted by D_Man_Taylor

Alright! I was hoping this would happen. Now I can play Civ 5 :)

Posted by MisterMouse

wonderful news!!!

Posted by Necrotoxin

Maybe they should fix the game before putting it on the mac. 

Posted by oliveshark

OOOOOHHHH SSSSHHHHHIIIIIIITTTTTTT! 
I though I was safe from the addiction, but it's catching up. 
 
... Can't wait!

Posted by GreggD
@Jayross said:
" @Catfish666 I'm glad to learn that I'm not the only person who calls their laptop "lappy". "
I call my desktop Compy.
Posted by Sooty
@ShinAli said:
"@Ygg said:
" I'll stick to using boot camp. 
 
A) Games always run worse in OS X  (fuck OpenGL)
B) I'm not buying it a second time.
Or you could actually keep up with the OS you're using and get the new Snow Leopard video drivers. Games run similar enough to their Windows counterparts that I'm considering wiping off my Windows 7 install now.  That and Civ 5 will most likely be available under Steamplay as it has been done the same for Civ 4."
Too bad StarCraft II still runs like ass and the last pair of drivers Valve specifically warned that they were terrible, I've yet to try the newest but I know StarCraft Ii is still bad from other forums. 
 
Similar enough isn't good enough if you're on something like a MacBook/MBP or Mac Mini, every bit of performance helps on those integrated solutions.
Posted by Addfwyn
@Ygg: Really?  I have no problem running SC2 on all ultra settings on my Mac. 
 
Anyway, pretty happy to play this on Mac, hate having to use bootcamp (it's just for games, for me).  Ideally, Steamplay will let me play this without having to repurchase as well.
Posted by Digi7alS3lf

Too bad my 320M will bleed

Posted by ShinAli
@Ygg said: 
Too bad StarCraft II still runs like ass and the last pair of drivers Valve specifically warned that they were terrible, I've yet to try the newest but I know StarCraft Ii is still bad from other forums.  Similar enough isn't good enough if you're on something like a MacBook/MBP or Mac Mini, every bit of performance helps on those integrated solutions. "
Similar enough is good enough if the difference is a few frames. Instead of relying on anecdotal evidence given by people that would get upset if something else runs 3 frames faster, you can actually try it yourself. The new drivers are like night and day.
 
Also Valve are the ones that pushed for and worked with Apple for these drivers and have expressly told all Mac users to update their Snow Leopard installs with the latest graphics updates. The one post they were complaining were about the old drivers how they were missing implementations for several OpenGL extensions and commented on how the new drivers would have these. 
 
Also, I have a 2007 era MBP, meaning a 8600m GT. I know how bad it was before the drivers.