Maxis confirms offline play will be available for Simcity "very soon".
By Alex Walker on March 14, 2014 at 8:08 am
Well, hasn’t this one been coming for a while. In one of the slowest and longest backflips in gaming, that started with the developer first claiming that offline play simply “wasn’t possible” in March last year before the internet comprehensively proved them wrong, Simcity developers Maxis have announced on Twitter that update 10 is in “final testing”. “Almost there Mayors,” the Twitter post said yesterday.
Maxis have been talking about update 10 from the start of this year. In January they argued on their blog that their original assertion regarding offline play was correct, since it required six and a half months of recoding the engine to make it possible. “Even things that seem trivial, like the way that cities are saved and loaded, had to be completely reworked in order to make this feature function correctly,” the Simcity blog said at the time.
Just how long it will take for Update 10 to clear final testing is unknown, but Patrick Buechner, general manager of the Maxis studio at Emeryville, indicated that it would be “very soon”. So not an extra month, one imagines.
Either way, it’ll be great for Maxis and EA to finally put this one to bed. March is the month for rewriting several wrongs, it seems.
Source: Thanks, Twitter!