Aspyr Media today announced that Sid Meier’s Civilization IV for Mac (US$49.99) has hit beta status. The game, scheduled to ship later this month, is licensed from 2K Games and is under development for Mac by Aspyr Studios. “Sid Meier’s Civilization IV comes-to-life like never before in a beautifully detailed, living 3D world that expands the gameplay experience. This latest installment takes the franchise to new heights with the addition of new ways to play and win, new tools to manage and expand your civilization, all-new easy to use mod capabilities and various multiplayer modes and options.”