Offline mode would be ideal for modders, Maxis says.
By Liam Gilroy on October 7, 2013 at 6:55 pm
Well here we go. In an expansive and informative blog post titled State of SimCity, Patrick Buechner of Maxis has outlined the company’s position on many topics of importance to the city management game. The topics discussed include the management of traffic systems, the plans for DLC for the game, major topics of community discussion like offline mode and bigger cities and the upcoming Cities of Tomorrow expansion.
The large blog post is worth reading in its entirety, but the two points most likely to cause more discussion are those on offline mode and bigger cities. As far as offline mode goes, Buechner explained that Maxis currently have a team focused on exploring the possibility, but they can’t say yet whether it will happen or not.
Bigger cities, on the other hand, have been something Maxis have attempted to do in SimCity for a while – and unfortunately Buechner says they are not going to happen:
After months of testing, I confirm that we will not be providing bigger city sizes. The system performance challenges we encountered would mean that the vast majority of our players wouldn’t be able to load, much less play with bigger cities. We’ve tried a number of different approaches to bring performance into an acceptable range, but we just couldn’t achieve it within the confines of the engine. We’ve chosen to cease work on bigger city sizes and put that effort into continuing to evolve the core game and explore an offline mode.
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