Excellent news, Aspyr Media is bringing Civilization 6 to the Mac.

We first heard about Civilization 6’s Mac version from developer Firaxis back in May, but Aspyr finally revealed they are the ones in charge of the Mac port.

Aspyr didn’t share a potential Mac release date, but if Civilization: Beyond Earth is any indication, it should closely follow the Windows-PC release on October 21, 2016.

Civ 6 will be the first major entry in the series since 2010. At the time, Civ 5 was a revolution (it’s one of my favorite games of all time), 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 the game’s lead producer:

Everything that Civilization players have loved in Civilization V, we’re bringing forward, in addition to putting on the new gameplay from Civilization VI. It’ll be like a warm blanket.

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

When you place that first city, after you’ve played a few times, your mind really starts going and the gears start turning, when you’re looking at the area around your city and deciding what kind of city it’s going to be. You don’t have room for everything, so you’re going to have decisions to make.

Among the other changes already announced, Civ 6 will introduce a more dynamic diplomacy and a brand-new engine.


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).

You can pre-order Civ 6 on Steam and get early access to the Aztec Civilization Pack. That said, last minute delays come too often and the only way to be safe is to buy it until the Mac version is officially out.

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

Via The Verge