But is it too little, too late?
By Tim Colwill 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.