Impressive. Barely 3 days since the Windows release and Civilization 6 is already available on Mac.

That must be some kind of record and it’s exciting to see that one of the hottest games this year is already out on Mac.

You can download Civilization 6’s Mac version from the Mac App Store:

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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. Civ 5 was a huge success, which is why Firaxis already warns us that Civ 6 won’t see drastic changes to the formula.

According to Aspyr:

Civilization VI offers new ways to engage with your world: cities now physically expand across the map, active research in technology and culture unlocks new potential, and competing leaders will pursue their own agendas based on their historical traits as you race for one of five ways to achieve victory in the game.

Still, Civ 6 includes bigger cities and better graphics. In fact, cities play a huge role. They are much bigger, taking up several tiles (instead of one in the past). Cities also include districts and building that have to be strategically placed in the city.

And I can’t wait to try it on my Mac (downloading from a crappy hotel connection as we speak)!

Mac minimum system requirements call for:

  • 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 6 on Mac, Aspyr’s dedicated FAQ page probably has an answer for you.


Digging into Civ 6’s Mac version

It’s no surprise that Aspyr is the one in charge of Civ 6. After all, they were the ones handling Civilization 5’s and Beyond Earth’s Mac ports. And given the great work they did on both, I’m certainly glad they’re at the helm once again.

That said, I was surprised Firaxis made the Mac announcement but waited this long to confirm Aspyr’s involvement. Not too long ago, Feral Interactive would handle all Total War Mac ports until Creative Assembly decided to do them themselves.

The result? The only two games they did port were so poorly optimized, I’m glad Firaxis is sticking with Aspyr (I’m also glad Creative Assembly put Feral Interactive back in charge of the latest Total War: Warhammer).

Are you a Civ fan? Will you be buying this one?

You can purchase the Civ 6 on the Mac App Store.

Post updated on October 25 to announce the game’s release on Mac.