While fans may never forgive EA for the disastrous launch of SimCity, those would-be city planners devoted to OS X will be happy to hear that the fan-favorite SimCity 4: Deluxe Edition is making a return to Apple hardware.

This new version of SimCity 4: Deluxe Edition has been designed from the ground-up for modern Apple hardware. It requires OS X Mountain Lion or a more recent Apple operating system, but alongside this shift into the modern, Aspyr claims the game boasts new bug fixes, performance improvements and native resolution support – a huge boon for anyone who'd rather not play SimCity 4 at a muddy, pixelated 1024x768. Otherwise, this is the same SimCity 4: Deluxe Edition that so many players have spent so many hundreds of hours immersed within.

Best of all, you Apple devotees need not wait for this game's launch. As of this morning, SimCity 4: Deluxe Edition is available on the OS X App Store at a price of $20.
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SIMCITY™ 4: DELUXE EDITION MAKES TRIUMPHANT RETURN TO THE MAC
Classic City Simulator Available Digitally for the First Time Exclusively on the Mac App Store

AUSTIN, Texas-April 10, 2014-Aspyr Media announced today that fan-favorite and best-selling city simulator SimCity™ 4: Deluxe Edition is available now as a digital download. The game has been updated to support OS X 10.8.5 Mountain Lion (and above) and includes bug fixes, performance enhancements, and other updates such as native resolution support. Customers may purchase the game now exclusively through Apple's Mac App Store, and the game will join Steam and other Mac digital outlets in coming weeks.

"We're so happy to give SimCity fans on the Mac a new chance to play this classic title," said Aspyr Media's Vice President of Publishing, Elizabeth Howard. "We took extra time updating the game to offer SimCity 4 players the best possible experience on the Mac, and we think both old and new players alike will come away impressed."

SimCity™ 4: Deluxe Edition includes the best-selling SimCity™ 4 and SimCity™ 4: Rush Hour Expansion Pack and tasks players with building out a city or region of cities while trying to meet the needs and demands of the cities' residents. Game features include:
· Full control over the environment and the ability to unleash natural disasters to create (and destroy) a world all your own.
· Ability to deploy emergency vehicles and join in the action as they battle blazes, mobs, and more.
· New transportation options, including monorail and ferry system.
· Interconnectivity with The Sims, allowing players to import their sims into their city.
· And more!

For more information on SimCity™ 4: Deluxe Edition, please visit www.aspyr.com or follow us on Twitter @aspyrmedia.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.

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