SimCity Series News


SimCity lost progress fix and Cheetah speed in testing

By Alice O'Connor, Mar 29, 2013 3:15pm PDT

Maxis is currently testing fixes for big SimCity issues like progress loss and bringing back Cheetah speed, the developer says. It still has smaller patches in the works too, with patch 2.0 set to bring improvements to fire engines, street cars, casinos and more.


"I guess. I was away the initial weekend so wasn't expecting to play it much then and I've only ..."

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SimCity dev pokes fun at game's troubles

By John Keefer, Mar 27, 2013 11:30pm PDT

Maxis and Electronic Arts have rightly endured their share of slings and arrows for its botched launch of SimCity, but one developer giving a talk about the game at GDC is trying to make the best of a bad situation.


"Click on the bulldozer icon, it will tell you how many abandoned buildings and rubble sites ..."

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EA boasts: SimCity sells over 1.1 million units

By Andrew Yoon, Mar 18, 2013 12:00pm PDT

Given the incredibly volatile launch SimCity has experienced, you'd think that Electronic Arts would wait before issuing a press release about the game's sales figures. But, no. Here we go.


"In fact, 1 million is barely the break even point for a lot of AAA titles."

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SimCity free game choices include Dead Space 3, SimCity 4

By Alice O'Connor, Mar 18, 2013 9:55am PDT

When SimCity's exploded at launch, leaving many unable to play thanks to its always-online requirement, EA promised one free game to every mayor as a peace offering. Today the publisher revealed the list of games, including Dead Space 3, Battlefield 3 and, ah, SimCity 4. Per...


"Yes, vanilla BF3 MP is amazing. It gets better with premium, but premium isn't required to have fun."

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SimCity population '100 percent above' EA's estimations

By Andrew Yoon, Mar 15, 2013 4:45pm PDT

Being the first SimCity game in over a decade, you'd think that EA would have known that demand for their city-planning game would be through the roof. But as SimCity's bungled launch proved, that was not the case. In fact, a new interview with Maxis' Lucy Bradshaw reveals e...


"Total dick comment here but its true. I'm having a blast with Tropico 4. During the Simcity ..."

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Maxis: 'we could have built an offline mode' in SimCity

By Andrew Yoon, Mar 15, 2013 1:55pm PDT

"Could we have built a subset offline mode" in SimCity, Maxis asked. "Yes. But we rejected that idea because it didn't fit with our vision."


"You can do a chargeback on your credit card (call VISA or Mastercard) if they refuse. It will ..."

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SimCity update to fix pathing issues

By Steve Watts, Mar 15, 2013 8:00am PDT

SimCity is starting to show signs of recovery, and Maxis has outlined its current moves to turn on non-essential features and plans for an upcoming patch.


"Yeah, exactly lithe same happened to me. The magic was kinda gone. I'm waiting for the patches ..."

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SimCity mod shows offline play, editing roads outside cities

By Steve Watts, Mar 14, 2013 8:15am PDT

A modder has posted a video showing SimCity highways being built outside city boundaries, and a sort of "offline mode" in which the disconnect timer has been disabled.


"id donate money if it meant that guy figuring out how to build a city using the entire region ..."

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Maxis: SimCity launch trouble 'almost behind us'

By Alice O'Connor, Mar 11, 2013 8:15am PDT

SimCity has almost scrambled back to its feet following the disastrous launch that left players languishing in queues, thanks to a string of updates and new servers. Maxis claimed over the weekend that the "core problem" of being being unable to play is "almost behind us", a...


""The game was designed for MP, we sim the entire region on the server so [offline] is just not ..."

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SimCity players to get free game from EA

By Andrew Yoon, Mar 08, 2013 8:45pm PST

EA is offering a free PC game to SimCity players as an apology for the game's bungled launch.


"Apparently he puts the same amount of consideration and time into formulating his opinions as well."

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Report: SimCity referral marketing suspended pending server fixes

By Steve Watts, Mar 08, 2013 1:45pm PST

EA has reportedly sent a letter to members of the Origin LinkShare program, requesting they remove any active promotion of SimCity as the company irons out the server problems.


"76 right now, but Polygon's score is still listed as 95 (and not the revised "40"). Metacritic ..."

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EA continues to add servers to alleviate SimCity crush

By John Keefer, Mar 08, 2013 6:00am PST

The ongoing server problems with SimCity's always-on DRM connection to Origin has forced EA to disable several features, and even forced Amazon to...


"Not this guy, I'm in the military and spend a fair part of my time disconnected from the ..."

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SimCity launching more servers

By Alice O'Connor, Mar 07, 2013 6:00am PST

The launch of Maxis's new SimCity has been something of a mess, to put it mildly, with players facing long queues to even launch what is chiefly a single-player game. Good job, always-online DRM. Maxis has issued a statement saying it's "putting everything we have" towards f...


"They said the same about the Assassin's Creed games. Still got cracked."

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SimCity review: return of a classic

By Matthew Rorie, Mar 04, 2013 8:00am PST

For its avoidable limitations, SimCity is still a gorgeous and often captivating strategy game. It's easy to consider this the best city-building strategy game to arrive in years.


"Always online is just so horrible idea. Especially with a company like Electronic Arts who will ..."

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SimCity to get city size expansions

By Steve Watts, Mar 01, 2013 11:45am PST

SimCity will eventually get larger city sizes, as PC power increases so more mainstream users can access it, according to creative director Ocean Quigley.


"My dad's computer is pieced together from my last build and is quite a capable gamer. So..."

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