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Civilization IV Reaches Beta

Mac Gaming News - Civilization IV Reaches Beta

by , 12:30 PM EDT, June 8th, 2006

Aspyr Media on Thursday announced that its upcoming strategy game Sid Meier's Civilization IV, which will ship in late June with a US$49.99 price tag, has now reached the Beta stage of development. That phase is the final one before a game reaches Gold Master and is sent to manufacturing. Civilization IV will be a Universal Binary.

The title builds on its predecessors by introducing a new 3D world as well as such gameplay improvements as an enhanced interface geared toward making newcomers more comfortable, a flexible tech tree that offers more strategic choices, the ability to grow bigger empires, locked alliances, a map editor that supports XML and Python, new civic and religious options, and more.

Building a grand empire in Civilization IV

Minimum System Requirements

  • Mac OS X 10.3.9
  • 1.8 GHz PowerPC G5, or an Intel-based Mac
  • 512MB RAM
  • 3.5GB free disk space
  • NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200 or ATI Radeon 9600 with at least 64MB VRAM

Recommended System Requirements

  • Mac OS X 10.4.6 or higher
  • 2.0GHz PowerPC G5 or an Intel-based Mac
  • 1GB RAM
  • 128MB VRAM

Aspyr's list of supported video cards includes the NVIDIA GeForce 5200, 6600, 6800, 7800, and ATI Radeon 9600, 9650, 9700, 9800, X600, X800, X850, and X1600 cards.

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