Aspyr Mac FAQs: Civilization V: Brave New World

written by Russ Looney on June 27, 2013 in Mac FAQs

Civ V Brave New World pre-order

The latest expansion to Civilization V, Brave New World, is set to launch on the Mac in North America on July 9, and everywhere else on July 12. The expansion brings tons of new content and ways to play an already massively open-ended game. Below we’ve put together a collection of questions and answers about the title that we hope answer any questions you may have. If we’re missing something, though, please leave your questions in the comments, and we’ll get them answered ASAP!

Q: What is Civilization V: Brave New World?

From the official description:

Sid Meier’s Civilization V: Brave New World is the second expansion pack for Civilization V – the critically acclaimed 2010 PC Game of the Year. This new expansion provides enhanced depth and replayability through the introduction of international trade and a focus on culture and diplomacy. Your influence around the world will be impacted by creating Great Works, choosing an ideology for your people and proposing global resolutions in the World Congress. As you move through the ages of history you will make critical decisions that will impact your relationship with other civilizations.

Sid Meier’s Civilization V: Brave New World also introduces nine new civilizations, eight new wonders, two new scenarios, four new gameplay systems and dozens of new units, buildings and improvements offering an expanded variety of ways to build the most powerful empire in the world.

Q: When will Brave New World be available on the Mac?

Brave New World is set to launch on the Mac on the same day as the PC version. The North American launch date is July 9, and the international release date is July 12.

Q: Will Brave New World be available through the Mac App Store?

Yes! ALL users that play Civilization V: Campaign Edition from the Mac App Store will be able to purchase Brave New World as an in-app purchase starting July 9, regardless of their location.  Users must first install an available update to their copy of Civilization V: Campaign Edition through the Mac App Store. (*Please note that you must have OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion or later installed to make in-app purchases.)

Q: How much does Brave New World cost? Where can I purchase it?

Brave New World retails for $29.99/ €29.99/ £19.99, and it is currently available for purchase/pre-order from the GameAgent Store, Steam, and other participating online retailers. It will be available as an in-app purchase through Civilization V: Campaign Edition on the Mac App Store on launch day (pre-orders are not available for the Mac App Store version).

Those interested in pre-ordering the expansion will save 10% up front.

GameAgent members in particular can save 20% on pre-orders. To save 20%, simply log in to your GameAgent account and check out the Brave New World product page for a member-exclusive coupon code that can be redeemed at checkout. Members must be logged in to see the code.

Q: Does Brave New World support Steam Play?

Yes! Like all Civilization V content, Brave New World is Steam Play-supported, meaning owning the expansion on the Mac will get you the PC version for free (and vice versa).

Please note that Steam Play support is for the Steam version of Civilization V and Brave New World only. This feature does not extend to any content purchased through the Mac App Store.

Q: Can you elaborate or better explain some of the new gameplay features and systems?

These short, introductory videos from 2K and Firaxis do a great job of explaining the new features in the Brave New World expansion.

Culture and Tourism

Policies and Ideologies

Trade Routes

World Congress and Diplomacy

Q: What are the system requirements to play Brave New World?

Sid Meier’s Civilization V is required to play the Brave New World expansion. See below for the official required specs, and don’t forget to use the Mac Match feature on GameAgent to see if your Mac is supported!


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Minimum System Requirements

  • Operating System: 10.6.8 (Snow Leopard), 10.7.5 (Lion), 10.8.4 (Mountain Lion)
  • CPU Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo (Dual-Core)
  • CPU Speed: 2.2 GHz
  • Memory: 4 GB
  • Hard Disk Space: 8 GB
  • Video Card (ATI): Radeon HD 2600
  • Video Card (NVidia): Geforce 8800
  • Video Memory (VRam): 256 MB
  • Peripherals: Macintosh mouse and keyboard

Supported Video cards:

  • NVIDIA GeForce® 8800, 9600, GT 120, 320M, 330M, 640M, 650M, 660M, 675MX, 680MX
  • ATI Radeon HD 2600, HD 3870, HD 4670, HD 4850, HD 5670, HD 5750, HD 5770, HD 5870, HD 6490, HD 6630M, HD 6750, HD 6770M, HD 6970M, HD 7950
  • Intel HD 4000, HD 5000

NOTICE: This game is not supported on volumes formatted as Mac OS Extended (Case Sensitive)