Will Wright had a “surprising amount of fun” with new SimCity

SimCity

By on February 23, 2013 at 9:55 am

Former EA Maxis leader and SimCity creator Will Wright just loves the new SimCity, apparently. “I have to say I’ve had more fun playing this SimCity than I have had playing SimCity in over a decade,” he said in a conversation with new creative director Ocean Quigley.

Wright said he got sick of SimCity over the years but had a “surprising amount of fun” with the new one, which releases in early March. You can see the pair chat in the video below; it’s kind of cute how deferential Quigley is to the master of sims, and the two have an interesting discussion about what tactics Wright used while playing the new game.

Source: VG247

5 comments (Leave your own)

good video. I’ve been holding off the preorder, waiting for a few reviews at release to give me confidence. Will’s genuine enjoyment of the mechanics has gone a long way to giving me cause to relax a bit. I’m still going to wait for some reviews, but I sure wont be as critical as I was going to be. It sounds like a game I would enjoy.

 

Did Wright ever think that the “Spreadsheet” experience was what people enjoyed about Sim City.. none of that emotional shit, for that go play the fucking sims.

Everything they were talking about 100% shit talk. Its the sort of crap Peter Molyneux always goes on about. This game sounds exactly like Black and White… I was very disappointed with the beta. Everything felt clunky, didn’t look great graphically, and the economics felt a bit shallow.. I did however love the customization options.

Consider me worried.

 

gammad:
Did Wright ever think that the “Spreadsheet” experience was what people enjoyed about Sim City.. none of that emotional shit, for that go play the fucking sims.

Everything they were talking about 100% shit talk. Its the sort of crap Peter Molyneux always goes on about. This game sounds exactly like Black and White… I was very disappointed with the beta. Everything felt clunky, didn’t look great graphically, and the economics felt a bit shallow.. I did however love the customization options.

Consider me worried.

It was the BETA. You expect them to have everything smoothed over in it? lol. Beta is not a demo. ITS A TEST BUILD.

 

Betas pretty close to release.. anyone that uses the “its a beta” excuse is kidding themselves.. the games out in a fucking month (scratch that.. a few days).. do you honestly expect them to fix the issues with the game by then?.. NOPE.

 

Looking forward to this game, massive Sim City fan since ye olde SC1 (back on my C64!)

I think I like the idea of a move away from a “spreadsheet” experience to a more “visceral” experience. While I loved balancing the numbers and juggling the $$ to get my mega-metropolis cities powered, it is a rather clinical experience – the emotive level isn’t really there – so when a cyclone ripped up some neighbourhood I would think – “oh well there goes the el cheapy neighbourhood – now is my chance to high density it with apartment blocks”.

Now with a street level view and the focus on ramifications for your population while I could still bulldoze and construct high density buildings it is not going to make the problem of what happened to those affected residents go away (or as in previous games simply become a nuisance factor to my fiscal management). They are going to have to be taken care of in some fashion or another – whether that is just more of a “nuisance factor” or another depth to gameplay remains to be experienced.

Ocean has come across very genuine in his interviews/presentations and general interaction, he’s passionate about this project and it seems he has managed to combine the old and the new quite well. Will Wright likewise seemed genuine in his praise/comments – if the designer of old SC likes new SC and is infact also really enjoying it that is a good thing.

I’ve avoided the Beta and much of the news about this game to avoid spoilers, I’m pleasantly encouraged by this video though and by word of mouth so far. There are those who didn’t like the beta or who don’t like the shift away from the “classic” gameplay but in all honesty it has been a long time between drinks for SC fans and to get new fans into the series and to give the old fans a new taste of an old favourite was always going to be the way. Some were hoping for a graphical update with the same old mechanics, but I think that would be a disservice to the fan base and contrary to better game design.

 
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