You know how impressed I was with Civilization 6 for Mac. Barely 3 days after the Windows release, Aspyr secured Civ 6’s Mac version. That had to be some kind of record.

Yet Aspyr didn’t stop there. They continue their stellar support of the game and today they release the latest DLC and a noteworthy update. And if you wonder whether your machine can run it, we tested the game on 5 different machines for our Civilization 6 Mac performance review.

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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. 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, further cementing it as one one of the top strategy games for MacOS.

Introducing quality of life improvements and a new Civ

The latest free update is now live 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 one of those tiny changes that can make a difference, but this update also introduces a new DLC.

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 on Mac: Everything you need to know

Turn-based strategy games are usually light, but this is a very good-looking strategy game with demanding system requirements:

  • Operating System: 10.11 (El Capitan) and 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, Aspyr’s dedicated FAQ page probably has an answer for you.

Unfortunately, this Summer Update did not enable cross-platform Multiplayer. I have reached out to Aspyr’s to understand what is preventing cross-platform Multiplayer and will report back as soon as I hear more.

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

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