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.

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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.

"When we launch it, all of your previously downloaded content will be available to you anytime, anywhere, without the need for an internet connection," Maxis Emeryville general manager Patrick Buechner explained in Sunday's announcement. "We are in the late phases of wrapping up its development and while we want to get it into your hands as soon as possible, our priority is to make sure that it's as polished as possible before we release it. So, until then... testing, testing and more testing."

EA first announced that SimCity would be always-online back in March 2012, which was received in the way one would expect. After the March 2013 launch, EA said that an offline mode wouldn't be possible as "we sim the entire region on the server," later saying it was possible but "didn't fit with our vision." Unsurprisingly, modders hacked in a rudimentary offline mode within days, though without saves or region play. EA expressed interest in offline support in the months that followed, but has only just made it official.

Emeryville notes that offline mode will make life easier for modders, as SimCity's modding policy insists that mods "must not jeopardize the integrity of the gameplay or harm the experience of others." If no one else is around, no problems! The policy is still pretty restrictive, mind, and includes a curious clause which lets EA use, modify and distribute mods for whatever it wants without even giving the creator credit. Oh EA, you scamp you!

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    January 13, 2014 6:50 AM

    Alice O'Connor posted a new article, 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.

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      January 13, 2014 7:06 AM

      Wow, my first thought is lol, but good on them for fixing it I guess.

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      January 13, 2014 7:08 AM

      I still play Sim City. I like it, just wish there were more town options. I'm not sure why they are bothering. Offline mode doesn't really add anything (unless modders actually do something decent for a change) and its unlikely to win over any of the EA haters. They should have spent those 9 months working on the next Simcity with offline and larger cities instead of patching this one.

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        January 13, 2014 8:59 AM

        If the modders do something decent for a change? Listen to yourself, did you play 4 vanilla? There were outstanding mods for that game. You crazy.

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          January 13, 2014 10:19 PM

          Seriously, mods are what made SimCity 4 the gold standard of the series

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      January 13, 2014 7:13 AM

      But I thought they said would never happen? Next we'll hear about bigger cities.

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        January 13, 2014 8:54 AM

        I hope they allow you to use either far larger plots or use the entire zone.

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      January 13, 2014 9:38 AM

      They will finally get a sale from me. Still hope for bigger cities though.

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      January 13, 2014 1:20 PM

      The game is now old enough to where it's no longer a hot game to pirate. By now, you've either bought it or you likely never will. They probably don't wanna keep having to maintain servers for a game that doesn't need them to play anyway.

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      January 13, 2014 3:00 PM

      haha jeez

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      January 13, 2014 3:30 PM

      polygon, the best website: http://i.imgur.com/wZjm4Bm.jpg

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      January 13, 2014 3:52 PM

      Is offline limited to single cities? The sharing of resources and commuting of citizens and students never worked right in online mode for me between multiple cities, I can't imagine they fixed all that junk and made it work offline as well.

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      January 13, 2014 3:54 PM

      I don't believe you, they said it isn't possible the way they designed it and they would have to redesign it from the ground up

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