Aspyr: Mac Civ IV hits beta

Aspyr Media on Thursday announced that its Macintosh conversion of Sid Meier’s Civilization IV has reached its beta development milestone. the game is on track to ship in June, and will cost $49.99. It’s rated E10+ by the ESRB, signifying that it’s appropriate for all gamers 10 and older.

The latest installment of the legendary strategy game, Civ IV puts you in the role of the leader of a human civilization. You’re responsible for directing the civilization’s development from a simple hunter/gatherer society to a thriving, technologically sophisticated superpower. You can use diplomacy, cultural advances, trading prowess and military might to help your people succeed.

This new game touts streamlined gameplay and an easier to use interface that’s more evocative of real time strategy and action games. The game also features a flexible technology tree that provides more strategic choices; the ability to grow larger empires; a new graphics engine that renders the world using 3D graphics, support for “mods” and community tools using XML and Python scripting; support for multiplayer games through LAN, Internet and Play by E-Mail (PBEM) and much more.

Minimum system requirements call for Mac OS X v10.3.9 or later; G5 or Intel-based Mac 1.8GHz or faster; 512MB RAM; 3.5GB free hard disk space; DVD drive; 64MB VRAM and one of the following graphics systems: Nvidia GeForce 5200, 6600, 6800, 7800 ATI Radeon 9600, 9650, 9700, 9800, X600, X800, X850, X1600. (This excludes the Intel-based Mac mini and MacBook from the list of supported systems.)

Since announcing system specifications, Aspyr has been criticized for offering higher minimum system requirements than the PC version specifies. Aspyr has explained that its testing team made the specifications based on the ability to play all the way through a game, which can get complicated and puts additional load on the system at later stages.

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