Post by Dan @ 09:58am 14/01/14 | 16 Comments
Almost a year on from its troubled launch, EA Maxis has revealed that a forthcoming update for SimCity will enable players to run the game offline, with an official blog post explaining that "all of your previously downloaded content will be available to you anytime, anywhere, without the need for an internet connection".
In Update 10, you can still play solo in Regions on your own, or in Multiplayer with people from around the world. What’s new is the Single Player Mode, which allows you to play the game Offline by yourself. And because your saved games in this mode are stored locally, you can save and load to your heart’s content. Our team will be delivering a follow-up blog that will outline the full details in the near future so stay tuned.The online requirement's removal naturally opens the game up for much deeper modability, an aspect that EA Maxis is actively encouraging:
Bringing the game Offline means big things for our wonderful community of Modders. They can now make modifications to the game and its components without compromising the integrity of the Online game. Modding is a big part of our studio’s legacy and we’re excited to see what you guys create. Check out this thread to learn about Oppie85’s Central Train Station, which you can put into your game right now, and if you’re interested in making your own content take a look at the Modding Policy. To get you started, we will be rolling out a series of tutorials from the studio that surfaces how we’ve created some of the content that you’ve seen so far in hopes of inspiring your creativity.Update 10 is reportedly in "the late phases of wrapping up it's development", with the studio wanting to deliver it "as soon as possible", but stopping short of offering an actual release date. All will be how it should have been last March.
Tell us what you think. Had you been holding out, and will play it now, or is it too late?
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