SimCity to get an automated bridge and tunnel tool when building roads


By on August 1, 2013 at 4:37 pm

Maxis have revealed that the upcoming update 7 for SimCity (they seem to have avoided calling it 7.0) will add a new tool that automatically adds bridges and tunnels when building roads.

The new tool is part of a larger update that also brings smarter traffic behaviour, new tree tools, and improved reliability when gifting money to another player (reducing the chance of your hard-earned cash just disappearing into the ether).

You can check out the upcoming patch notes below. Maxis recently suffered a blow with SimCity director Ocean Quigley quitting the company following what he called a “blundered launch”.

  • New: Brand new tool to create bridges, overpasses, and tunnels when you draw your roads. When building your road, pressing the , key or . key will lower or raise the road accordingly creating overpasses, bridges and tunnels. Note: Existing road layouts cannot be raised or lowered
  • New: Improvements for Traffic behavior to make it smarter. This should reduce the number of lines formed by all available vehicles converging on a single spot. This affects all vehicles including Police, Fire Trucks, Moving Trucks, Garbage Trucks, Recycling Trucks, Resource Trucks, Buses, Ambulances, and Civilian vehicles going home, to work, or shopping.
  • New: Tree tools – Place individual trees around your city. These tools are located at the end of the Nature Parks palette.
  • Terrain: Fixes an issue some player’s see where terrain covers sections of roads while the camera is zoomed out.
  • Fixed an issue where the fire animation would sometimes continue when fire was extinguished.
  • Parks: Sports parks are now accepting Sims 24 hours a day.
  • Airship: The number of Airship passenger trips should now be correct over multiple days.
  • Vehicles: Vehicles now accelerate and decelerate faster, allowing them to leave buildings and go through intersections more efficiently.
  • Freight: Freight trucks now only leave factories if they have a valid delivery destination.
  • Gifting: Money gifting should be more reliable.

Source: EA Forums

10 comments (Leave your own)

It’s good to see they are still trying to make the game better after the lousy launch, what, 5 or 6 months ago. I might come back to this game sometime when I rediscover what free-time used to be like.


Yeah, I’ve set a reminder in my calendar to check back 12 months after launch to see how it’s shaped up. I just had… such a bad time. Such a bad time.

Nasty Wet Smear

After your 12 month reminder can you just email me and let me know if they fixed up that “always online” glitch? I’ll buy you a beer.

… I mean, not a full one.


You can’t imagine how long I’ve waited for a feature that lets me build a bridge or plant a tree in a Simcity game…… ohhh, wait.


……Bigger cities, pretty please?


Should’ve said:

SimCity to get offline mode

Not that it’ll happen of course.


Offline mode and bigger cities = 1 sale, simple!


I dug up my old copy of Sim City 4 because of the bungled launch and all these bug fixes. Its so great to play SC4 in 1080p, as back in the day I could only manage 1024×768.
I’m with you Tim – I might give this SimCIty another 9 months to iron out all the bugs and hopefully be a a bargain price before I venture in.


……Bigger cities, pretty please?


Its fine at the start, but the longer you go, you realise that there just isnt enough space for all the stuff you want, or need, to build.

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