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EA cuts SimCity BuildIt ribbon; now available on iOS and Android

By Daniel Perez, Dec 17, 2014 9:00am PST

SimCity BuildIt has finally been released on iOS and Android devices, so make a trip down to your virtual town hall and start ruining the lives of your citizens.

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"I loved that game, played the hell out of it on a few plane trips."

- Begawkiness see all 15 comments

SimCity 2000: Special Edition free on Origin right now

By Ozzie Mejia, Dec 09, 2014 11:30am PST

One of the Shacknews Chatty community's best games of all-time is free right now from Origin.

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"My entire game collection on Origin consists of their freebie games :-)"

- Amusatron see all 8 comments

SimCity Buildit accepting mobile mayorships on iOS, Android 'soon'

By Daniel Perez, Sep 10, 2014 8:25am PDT

A new SimCity has been announced, but it has only been announced for iOS and Android. Considering SimCity's past launch issues, maybe it's for the best?

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"Sim City. On Mobile. We haven't had a proper SimCity game in over 10 years."

- Mr. Goodwrench see all 9 comments

SimCity gets offline play today

By Andrew Yoon, Mar 18, 2014 2:00pm PDT

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...

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"You have to admire how consistent the PR spin has been up to this point. Even their parting shot ..."

- Ajax see all 15 comments

SimCity offline mode took more than six months

By Steve Watts, Jan 14, 2014 12:00pm PST

Maxis says that the upcoming offline mode for SimCity needed considerable reworking to the core structure, and that the studio required more than six months to complete the project.

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"Exactly, launch issues are understandable as everyone is connecting to the servers at the same ..."

- Younanomous see all 38 comments

SimCity Cities of Tomorrow trailer gets invaded by aliens

By Ozzie Mejia, Nov 05, 2013 2:00pm PST

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. Also, there are aliens, for some reason.

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SimCity: Cities of the Future video introduces robots

By Ozzie Mejia, Oct 15, 2013 4:30pm PDT

SimCity's upcoming Cities of the Future expansion will bring many futuristic ideas to life, as shown in this new developer walkthrough.

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"I feel like if someone were to take the lyrics and spirit of "Nine Inch Nails - Gave Up" and put ..."

- the archvile see all 8 comments

SimCity exploring offline mode, but not making bigger cities

By Steve Watts, Oct 04, 2013 8:30am PDT

Maxis has made a team to explore the possibility of an offline mode, but won't be making bigger cities, according to Maxis Emeryville studio manager Patrick Buechner.

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

- aethyr see all 34 comments

SimCity Mac launch hits its own technical jam

By Steve Watts, Aug 30, 2013 9:45am PDT

SimCity's Mac launch has gotten its own share of technical problems, with users complaining of troubles with installation, poor performance, and spontaneous switching from full-screen to windowed mode.

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"I thought I read that he did? Not making these kinds of games anyway."

- nwillard see all 15 comments

SimCity 7.0 patch introduces bridges and tunnels

By Ozzie Mejia, Aug 12, 2013 2:00pm PDT

SimCity's ready to fix your traffic problem! No, really! They mean it this time! Maybe bridges and tunnels will help?

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"As with all big cities, stop and go lights are extremely important. The timing and usage is ..."

- Bensam123 see all 48 comments

SimCity coming to Mac August 29

By Steve Watts, Aug 06, 2013 9:05am PDT

After a few delays, SimCity is finally coming to Mac on August 29, EA and Maxis have announced

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"Considering the windows folks will get this one for free..... id say 22 new sales. Maybe"

- winterface see all 12 comments

SimCity problems led to offline Sims 4

By Steve Watts, Jul 24, 2013 11:30am PDT

EA's Frank Gibeau says that the problems with SimCity's launch and player feedback led to the decision to make The Sims 4 an offline game.

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"Its almost as if they finally realized that if they piss off those last 5 or 10 customers they ..."

- bloodreviara see all 32 comments

SimCity creative director says 'blundered launch' made it easier to leave

By Steve Watts, Jul 17, 2013 7:00am PDT

SimCity creative director Ocean Quigley says he was "dismayed at the blundered launch" of the game, which made leaving to form his own studio easier.

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"Someone in his position would have nothing to do with the implementation details of how the ..."

- Professer12 see all 18 comments

SimCity creative director leaves EA to form Jellygrade

By Andrew Yoon, Jul 16, 2013 11:45am PDT

Ocean Quigley, creative director of SimCity has left EA to form a new independent studio.

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"I would like to think the creative minds that came up with the last SimCity were only hampered ..."

- Metasparks see all 5 comments

SimCity survey gauges interest in offline mode and bigger cities

By Andrew Yoon, Jul 03, 2013 9:45am PDT

Apparently, Microsoft isn't the only company considering straying from its vision of online-only gaming. Maxis' much-criticized SimCity may also sever ties with the cloud to offer an offline mode for players.

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"If they completely remove the online requirement, give me a full featured city builder that ..."

- bloodreviara see all 26 comments