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Sims 3 delayed for simultaneous Mac and PC ship

Wednesday, 22nd April 2009 08:49 GMT By Patrick Garratt

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Sims 3 associate producer Grant Rodiek has told Gamespot that his game was delayed partly in order to assure both Mac and PC versions could ship at the same time.

“The Sims 3 June launch gives more time for tuning and polish, and the ability to launch the game on PC and Mac platforms simultaneously,” he said.

Polish ws also a key factor in pushing back launch, the developer added.

“This is a key EA franchise and title and it deserves a bigger bet on the best Sims game EA has made,” he said.

“These last few months will give us a little more time to tune, tweak and polish the game. Our players have been waiting for something awesome and that’s exactly what we intend to give them.”

The game was originally supposed to release on February 20, but was pushed back to June 2 earlier this year.

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7 Comments

  1. freedoms_stain

    Not that I really care about this franchise at all, but if they’re holding back the PC release for the Mac release that strikes me as incredibly stupid, Macs make up less than 10% of the total PC audience, and one would presume a miniscule proportion of PC gamers since the platform has scant games available and usually at an inflated price in comparison with Windows games.

    Why wait for what is probably going to be a couple of hundred extra sales at best?

    #1 5 years ago
  2. Blerk

    Given the target audience for Sims games, I think it makes absolutely perfect sense to wait for the Mac version. This isn’t your usual game-franchise, and the people who are going to be buying it aren’t your usual PC geekcore.

    #2 5 years ago
  3. SticKboy

    Actually, Mac games sales usually number in the tens of thousands, not merely hundreds.

    Okay, so that’s pittance when you consider that PC games usually rake in sales in the hundreds of thousands (if not millions), but it’s still a very profitable sector of the market that’s commercially sensible to support.

    Just ask Blizzard.

    #3 5 years ago
  4. Hunam

    Will it be the same as Warcraft/Spore in that it ships as hybrid disc?

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Blerk

    I would’ve thought so. That’s probably the real reason behind the delay – they don’t want to have to press two separate SKUs.

    #5 5 years ago
  6. Syrok

    And Mac-owners don’t want to pay €50 for a two year old game, so it’s a win-win situation. :)

    #6 5 years ago
  7. Blerk

    The Sims is sort of a guilty pleasure for me. I’m actually quite interested in having a go at this, but my craptop probably won’t be good enough to play it.

    #7 5 years ago

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