Now we can choose to play SimCity with, or without, those ever-so-friendly people of the internet.
Last year saw the released of SimCity, the new and updated version of the much-loved franchise. I pre-ordered, as did thousands of others, and on release day everyone booted up the game only to be hit with a myriad of server problems. Like the release of Diablo 3 before it, SimCity’s launch was less than smooth.
Fans cried out to be able to play the game offline, and they were content with not having multiplayer content - however, EA stated that the game needed to always be online to utilise their servers, for the complex calculations required to run the game. But, Maxis have now re-engineered the game to move the calculations locally to the player’s PC and Mac, stating that gains in the GlassBox Engine allow players to have a similar gameplay experience, online or offline. Excellent!
The next time you log-in to SimCity the game will update automatically, and you’ll be able to play the new Single-Player Mode, which is completely offline.
Patrick Buechner, GM of Maxis Emeryville said, “We’ve listened to our players and today we are delivering against their most direct feedback with the release of the new Single-Player Mode.” He continued to add that, “Player feedback has helped us deliver 10 major gameplay Updates that have improved the experience with better tuning, new features and free content. This is the most definitive SimCity experience whether you choose to play Online or Offline.”
It’s great that players can shape games after their release via their feedback, even if it has taken almost a year for it to happen in this instance. But hey, power to the people!
You can pick up SimCity over on the Origin Store, riiight... here!
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