After a couple of betas and various preview events, I’ve noticed a recurring theme in comments about SimCity; city limits seem smaller than series fans expect. Creative director Ocean Quigley told IncGamers that the miniature metropolises are a “performance issue” – a side effect of a commitment to accessibility on low-power gaming rigs.
“We need to keep in mind that Sim City is a mainstream game, it’s not a game that is only going to run on high-end gaming PCs, it has to run in your Dad’s PC as well,” he said.
There is hope for a change, though.
“At some point in the future, especially with mainstream computers become more capable, we could certainly make the city sizes larger,” he said. “We’ll eventually get around to expanding the city size but I can’t make any promises as to when.”