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SimCity Going Offline

Jack Gardner



SimCity had one of the most disastrous launches in the gaming industry when it released last March. Server stability was awful, people were shut out of the game with hour long log-in queues, and who could forget the debacle of EA and Maxis claiming the game had to be always online?


Turns out, that SimCity is getting an offline, single player mode with the upcoming update 10.


In a recent blog posting on the SimCity website, Patrick Buechner, the general manager of the Maxis Emeryville studio proudly announced the upcoming development for the city-building title. As for when the update is coming, Buechner was a bit vague, referring to the undefined testing period the update would go through with their volunteer DevTester group.


But when the update launches, what will that mean for the current game?


"All of the benefits of being connected will remain including access to Multiplayer, the Global Market and Leaderboards. And all of your pre-existing saved cities and regions will still be accessible should you log-in to the Online game," said Buechner.


This will also open up new opportunities for the modding community to create new content for SimCity, though that content will have to be within certain guidelines provided by EA.


Is this enough to get you into SimCity for the first time or give it a second chance?

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