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.
So what does this mean for the Online game? All of the benefits of being connected will remain including access to Multiplayer, the Global Market and Leaderboards. And all of your pre-existing saved cities and regions will still be accessible should you log-in to the Online game.
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?
Posted 10:07am 14/1/14
Too late. Maybe if someone mods it to have bigger cities.
This whole SimCity thing has been a massive c*** up from the start, of which they received lots and lots of money from customers at the cost of pissing off the those customers. I personally won't bother with EA Maxis again and well lets face it, EA was already on the bottom of the list right there just below ubisoft.
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Posted 10:19am 14/1/14
I always thought SimTower was pretty awesome.
Posted 10:53am 14/1/14
They said that offline wasn't possible and that it was designed "as an MMO", despite all this a hacker proved them wrong during the release and they patched the thing. One year later they come like a beaten dog and speak of an update with offline mode like nothing happened.
Sorry EA / Maxis I still won't buy your game, the damage has been done, and so am I with stupid companies such as these.
Posted 11:02am 14/1/14
I don't support the likes of EA or Acti because I hate their price gouging and disdain for the community.
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Posted 11:31am 14/1/14
This is also why I don't listen to what is essentially a preview. A review should take place a week or two after the game is public, on the shelf/steam/origin released. Yes, it gives them a grace period to fix horrible issues (2 weeks is more than enough time) but it also reveals a game for it's true score. SimCity fell sharply, even if the servers were rooted early on. It took a little playing to realise the s***** max size limit of the areas.
I don't know about you guys, but most of the guys I spoke to don't really give a f*** about regions. They just want a single, very large area to play with.
Posted 11:34am 14/1/14
Posted 12:00pm 14/1/14
Man, I embarrassed myself in that thread. So angry!
Posted 02:10pm 14/1/14
I haven't bought an EA game since, f*** em. There are heaps better companies out there.
Simcity was the last straw, such a terrible game. 2.1 user score on metacritic with a critic score of 64. A partial reason why I don't even bother with Ausgamers review scores, they tend be fairly well written but are way way way way too lenient on the stuff people care about.
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Posted 05:25pm 14/1/14
After all that online calculation bulls*** that was proven false pretty quick after release.
Posted 09:03pm 14/1/14