SimCity to finally add Offline Mode in next big patch

SimCity

By on January 14, 2014 at 8:30 am

Remember how we used to post news pieces about SimCity, and someone would say every time “No offline mode? Not interested.” Well, friends, this one’s for you — EA and Maxis have written to us this morning to confirm that SimCity will finally, nearly a year after release, be getting a single-player offline mode.

“Offline is coming as a free download with Update 10 to all SimCity players,” say Maxis in a new blog post published overnight. “When we launch it, 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.”

In March 2013, Maxis claimed that it was “simply not possible” to do an offline mode, because they “sim the entire region on the server”. These comments were later proven to be completely false, but Maxis simply Went Silent On The Issue until now, refusing to discuss it any further or answer any questions about it.

Hopefully this bodes well for the future of city sizes, the other major problem with SimCity. Bigger city sizes are another thing that Maxis said could not be done “within the confines of the engine”, so we’ll have to see later on whether or not that was actually true.

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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.

So there’s at least one person at Maxis that still has a brain. Pity it took the big wigs a year to listen to him.

 

No offline mode, not int- oh wait…

um…

City sizes not big enough, not interested! Yes, that will do. XD

 

exe3,
Hahahahahaha

 

Maxis is a lazy unskilled developer and have shown themselves to be that over the last 10 years.

 
Some_Bored_Dude

May have to purchase this game now.. Once it doesnt have the $80 price tag.

 

Oh shit, now I can’t decide between punishing them for making this rubbish in the first place and lying about it, or rewarding them for finally pulling their heads out of their arses???

 

Well I’ll be damned. Perhaps EA don’t want the “Worst company in America” award 3 years in a row.

 

schrapple:
Oh shit, now I can’t decide between punishing them for making this rubbish in the first place and lying about it, or rewarding them for finally pulling their heads out of their arses???

Punish. Always punish.

 

Wow, here I was think that it would never happen.

 

A pleasant surprise!

Hate train need to move to another carriage now lol ;P

“Allllllrighty everyone! regroup at the plot size carriage”

 
Nasty Wet Smear

Okay, when it’s on sale I’ll pick it up. :)

 

exe3:
No offline mode, not int- oh wait…

um…

City sizes not big enough, not interested! Yes, that will do. XD

Wait I got a good one!

Yes Origin, not interested.

 

I never cares about the offline mode, but the fact that I practically filled up my city space in a few hours of play pretty killed off my interest early.

So yeah, bigger city sizes would be nice.

 

Multiplayer should always have been the bonus, rather than the feature.. ie. “OMG! I can build my cities AND I can build up a region with friends!!!!!” rather than “OMG! I have to play with fuckwits over the internet? Fuck that!!!!!!!!”

 

meji:
Hate train need to move to another carriage now lol ;P

You’re right. If someone does something bad, then lies about it repeatedly, then holds out for months and months before fixing it and in the process implicitly admitting that they lied, obviously they become immune from all criticism the second they fix it.

 

lol this dog is still $80 ?

 

My eyebrow is now slightly lifted in interest.

 

thefinn:
lol this dog is still $80 ?

Plus about $100 in DLC…..

 

matty: Wait I got a good one!

Yes Origin, not interested.

this

 

I imagine with the optimisations made to traffic it became easier to do. Wonder if it still retains the 2005 or newer hardware requirements (which in itself is impressive; most games these days demand 2008 or newer).

 
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