Well, it's finally happening. Nested underneath an announcement about the game's first paid DLC, The Sims 4 developers confirmed today that a Mac version will be arriving very soon. As in, next month. I know, I know: Took them long enough!
I spoke to a few people at EA about The Sims 4's Game Pack yesterday (more on that in a moment), and at the end of our talk they gave me a few key details about the long-awaited Mac version of the game — a game which needs a Mac version more than pretty much any other game I can think of. Here are the main points I got from them:
- There isn't a specific release date yet, other than the fact that EA said it's coming out in February 2015.
- The Mac version will be "priced similarly" to the PC version.
- Current PC owners of the game will get a copy of the Mac version for free. EA representatives were not able to confirm if future customers will get any sort of "cross-buy" opportunity.
- They also weren't able to confirm for me if you'll be able to sync up different versions of the game the way gamers can when playing cross-platform games on, say, Steam. I have no idea why they wouldn't let you share households, Sims, and general game progress across different versions of the game, since doing so would be the main reason current PC players (like me) would probably bother to pick up the Mac version. But EA also doesn't make it easy to share your Sims 4 progress between multiple PCs at the moment, so while that would be disappointing, I guess it wouldn't be all that surprising.
Judging by the sheer amount of emails and comments asking when the hell The Sims 4 is coming to Mac that I've received, I'd say that a lot of people will be delighted to hear that they will finally be able to get their hands on the new game — and so soon at that. Having a larger player base is exciting for all Sims 4 players too, though, since this is the kind of game that lives and dies by the nature of the communities that pop up in and around it.
As for the "Outdoor Retreat" Game Pack? Well, that comes out today for $US19.99. You can find more specific info about it in my original write-up of its announcement. I plan to start playing around with the thing once I can get my hands on it today, and will have detailed impressions on it later this week. In the meantime, here's a snazzy new trailer EA released today:
Some more some more info about the Game Pack, which brings a new area into The Sims 4's map along with a bunch of camping-themed activities, in the studio's blog post. As is always the case with The Sims, stuff gets much more interesting once players get their hands on the game though, so I'll be on the lookout for that as I prepare my impressions on the Outdoor Retreat. If you see (or do) anything cool in the game, make sure to send it my way!