Civilization 6 for Mac: Summer 2017 Update and new DLC now Live
You know how impressed I was with Civilization 6’s Mac version. Barely 3 days after the Windows release, on October 25, 2017, Aspyr secured Civ 6 for Mac.
That was probably some kind of record. Yet Aspyr didn’t stop there. They have continued to support the game and today Civ 6’s Mac version gets the latest DLC and a noteworthy update.
Civ 6 is the first major entry in the series since 2010. At the time, Civ 5 was a revolution, completely changing combat mechanics and proving that Civ games could still be perfected. It was a huge success, which is why Firaxis already warns us that Civ 6 won’t see drastic changes to the formula.
Still, Civ 6 offered new ways to engage with your world: cities now physically expand across the map (taking up several tiles now with specific districts and cities), active research in technology and culture unlocks new potential, and competing leaders will pursue their own agendas based on their historical traits.
And today, the game gets even better.
The Summer 2017 Update
The latest free update is now live on Steam and the Mac App Store and includes balance tweaks, civ-specific adjustments, AI tuning, and bug fixes. These are the highlights according to the patch notes:
- A restart button to regenerate the map using your current game settings
- The ability to save game configuration settings for future games
- Civ- and leader-specific balance changes
- Balance changes to district costs
- You now get a warning when your cities can bombard enemy units
The restart button is particularly welcomed, but this update also introduces a new DLC.
Nubia Civilization DLC out
Costing $4.99 (unless you already own the Digital Deluxe Edition), this new DLC includes the Nubia Civ and a scenario pack to go along with it.
Led by Queen Amanitore, Nubia has cheaper and more experienced ranged units, as well as the Pitati Archer unit, a stronger and faster unit to replace the normal archer.
For more information on this update and DLC, you can head over to Aspyr’s blog.
Civilization 6 Mac system requirements
Turn-based strategy games are usually light, but Civ VI’s Mac version is a very good-looking strategy game, which is why system requirements are rather high:
- Operating System: OSX 10.11 (El Capitan) and MacOS 10.12 (Sierra)
- CPU Processor: Intel Core i5 (4 cores)
- CPU Speed: 2.7 GHz
- Memory: 6 GB
- Hard Disk Space: 15 GB
- Video Card (ATI): Radeon HD 6790
- Video Card (NVIDIA): GeForce 775M
- Video Card (Intel): Iris Pro
- Video Memory (VRAM): 1 GB
If you still have questions or doubts regarding Civ VI on Mac, Aspyr’s dedicated FAQ page probably has an answer for you.
Does this mean I can play with my Windows friends?
Unfortunately, this Summer Update did not enable cross-platform Multiplayer.
I have reached out to Aspyr’s to understand what is preventing Mac and Windows versions from being the same (and therefore enabling cross-platform Multiplayer).
Are you a Civ fan? Will you be buying this one?