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SimCity gets offline play today

SimCity gets offline play today

It's taken quite a long time, but EA and Maxis' SimCity reboot finally finally has an official offline mode.

"We've listened to our players and today we are delivering against their most direct feedback with the release of the new Single-Player Mode,” Maxis' Patrick Buechner said. According to Maxis, the offline mode now requires calculations to be done locally on a player's computer. "gains in optimization to the GlassBox Engine" enabled this to be possible.

Watch: How to play the offline mode »

"You have to admire how consistent the PR spin has been up to this point. Even their parting shot ..."
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SimCity offline mode took more than six months

SimCity offline mode took more than six months

Despite fan requests, Maxis seemed hesitant to stick an offline mode in SimCity. Even with launch server troubles and mods fanning the flames, the most it had committed was to look into it. Now we know offline mode is coming in the next update, so what took so long? According to Maxis, actually building it accounted for more than half a year of the wait.

Read more: "This means removing lots of code integral to multiplayer" »

"Exactly, launch issues are understandable as everyone is connecting to the servers at the same ..."
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SimCity offline mode coming in next update

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SimCity offline mode coming in next update

Nine months after launching SimCity, Maxis has finally announced it's added the feature fans have asked for since even before launch: an offline mode. Maxis says it's in the "late phases" of development, and it'll arrive in the next update, finally allowing players to build cities alone, unconnected to the Internet.

Read more: Mod rules still pretty restrictive »

"Seriously, mods are what made SimCity 4 the gold standard of the series"
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SimCity Cities of Tomorrow trailer gets invaded by aliens

SimCity Cities of Tomorrow trailer gets invaded by aliens

EA and Maxis are aiming to bring you the cities of the future. And for SimCity, the future doesn't involve building out, but rather building up. A new trailer for the Cities of Tomorrow expansion shows off towering skyscrapers that take advantage of unused airspace to build upwards. Also, there are aliens, for some reason.

Watch: Future tech at work »

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SimCity Cities of Tomorrow trailer introduces friendly neighbourhood megacorp

SimCity Cities of Tomorrow trailer introduces friendly neighbourhood megacorp

As a planet-hacker and cybronic force-blade punk, I spend a lot of time idly daydreaming about the cities of tomorrow. Do I wish to live in a gleaming arcology or a stinky neon hole? SimCity's expansion will make you decide for your Sims, and a new trailer gives a voice to the competing Academy idealists and megacorp OmegaCo, each trying to win you over.

Watch: The new trailer »

"yeah, theres not actually a simulation going on, its quite maddening"
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SimCity: Cities of the Future video introduces robots

SimCity: Cities of the Future video introduces robots

SimCity is boldly venturing into the future with its upcoming Cities of the Future expansion. And while the future won't include bigger cities, it will include ways to help your current cities run a bit cleaner and smoother.

Watch: Robotic drones in action »

"I feel like if someone were to take the lyrics and spirit of "Nine Inch Nails - Gave Up" and put ..."
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SimCity exploring offline mode, but not making bigger cities

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SimCity exploring offline mode, but not making bigger cities

SimCity suffered the kind of rocky launch as any online game nowadays, but complaints went beyond server instability. Maxis has now decided to explore the possibility of an offline mode, but has put the kibosh on the idea of bigger cities.

Read more: 'I can't make any promises on when' »

"People hacked offline mode a month after it was released, it's probably not a huge addition. I ..."
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SimCity mod plans looking restrictive

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SimCity mod plans looking restrictive

EA has planned all along to release official mod tools for SimCity, and is now finally making that vague idea more concrete. Maxis has proposed basic guidelines for the type of mods it'll allow, and is polling the community for feedback. Surprise surprise, they're more restrictive you'd hope.

Read more: Intended to block mods which affect the simulation »

"I feel like a better PR move for EA would be to let SimCity 5 sit as is, prevent it from ending ..."
- the archvile    See all 5 comments


SimCity: Cities of the Future expansion announced

SimCity: Cities of the Future expansion announced

Like many my age, I want to play at living in a dystopian cityscape of towering arcologies as respite from my life in a dystopian cityscape of moderate towerblocks. SimCity finally has my attention with its Cities of the Future expansion, which turns your cities into, well, you know.

Cities of the Future goes 50-75 years into the future, with maglev trains, emergency service drones, a megacorp, modular megatowers, skybridges, wave power generators, and neon lights.

Watch: A video preview from IGN »

"LOL they paid people to work on this while knowing how shitty the main game is. It's not just ..."
- Lucien Irenicus    See all 33 comments


SimCity Red Cross DLC raising money for charity

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SimCity Red Cross DLC raising money for charity

Right, so you're unhappy when EA releases ads as free DLC for SimCity, or paid DLC, or DLC free with toothpaste, but what about DLC which helps charity? What's that? You won't pay $9.99 for some pointless Red Cross odds and ends? Oh, what a monster you are!

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"God, the Red Cross is just AWFUL when it comes to "protecting their brand." Basically any 80s ..."
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The Sims 4 introduces group conversations

The Sims 4 introduces group conversations

The Sims 4 strives to reflect the subtleties of human emotion. While this will greatly affect individual Sims and one-on-one interaction, Maxis is aiming to overhaul group Sim conversations, as well.

Read more: SmartSim explained »

"Now they need to add social media sites to the game for simians to post stuff on."
- Sailor of Fortune    See all 3 comments


SimCity Mac launch hits its own technical jam

SimCity Mac launch hits its own technical jam

SimCity's launch has been met with technical problems. Again. This time it's on the just-released Mac version, which has users complaining that they're having trouble with installation, poor performance in-game, and spontaneous switching from full-screen to windowed mode.

Read more: EA 'working individually' with users »

"I thought I read that he did? Not making these kinds of games anyway."
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The Sims 4 designed for lower-end machines

The Sims 4 designed for lower-end machines

Sequels aren't always about raising the bar. Sometimes, you have to lower it as well. For The Sims 4, Maxis is focused on making sure their sequel can reach the most players possible. "We're really excited to say that players on lower end machines are going to have a much better experience on The Sims 4 than they did with The Sims 3," producer Ryan Vaughn said.

Read more: You Athlon XP owners will be fine »

"Thats nice and all but the issue rarely is with the base game. Its several years later and half ..."
- baron calamity    See all 3 comments


Sims 4 won't import Sims 3 content

Sims 4 won't import Sims 3 content

Have you grown attached to the few remaining Sims that you haven't drowned in a pool, you monster? You'll just have to keep playing The Sims 3 to continue watching their lives unfold, because The Sims 4 won't import them.

Read more: 'Unfortunately none of that carries over' »

"I would be more concerned about the store item content people have potentially spent thousands ..."
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The Sims 4 leak reveals more emotional sims

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The Sims 4 leak reveals more emotional sims

The Sims 4 is the next leap for Maxis' virtual torture simulation, and a set of leaked screens and info has given us a little more detail on what to expect from this iteration. EA and Maxis are aiming to make the Sims themselves more emotionally apt and intelligent this time around.

Read more: Emotional states informed by other sims, memories, and dress-up »

"I bet they'll still pee on the floor instead of using the empty bathroom 10 feet away, then die ..."
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