SimCity Series News


How Will Wright plays the new SimCity

By Alice O'Connor, Feb 27, 2013 6:45am PST

You may have thoughts about the new SimCity--the city size; a lack of terraforming; its always-online DRM requirement--but your opinions don't matter. No, Will Wright, that's who we want to hear from. Metaphorically sitting in a big red leather armchair to tell a story like ...


"I remember when i begged my parents to buy sim city on the snes it was hours on end of fun, ..."

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SimCity second beta starts February 16

By Steve Watts, Feb 08, 2013 10:00am PST

SimCity is getting another beta test, this time specifically meant to stress test the servers. It will last one day, from the morning of February 16-17.


SimCity trailer shows off digital deluxe version

By Steve Watts, Jan 29, 2013 2:45pm PST

EA and Maxis have released a new trailer for SimCity, showing off the extra features you get in the $80 "Digital Deluxe" edition.


"Or a bust, lol. Still, to be able to say you bought DNF BOS is worth something."

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Three tips for building a successful SimCity

By Kat Bailey, Jan 25, 2013 6:30am PST

It's been a decade now since the last real SimCity. Think about it: George W. Bush was still president. Pluto was still a planet. Unless you really...


"Forgot another tip: Make sure you ALWAYS have internet connection. Unless of course the server ..."

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SimCity preview: preparing for the future

By Kat Bailey, Jan 25, 2013 6:00am PST

Having spent a day with SimCity, it's easy to leave some of the cynicism about the project at the door. The general impression is that the online-only integration stems in part from Maxis' desire to have as many tools at their disposal as possible. Inevitably, it will rub so...


"Is it sad that I really want to somehow be able to play the SNES music with this (which can't be ..."

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SimCity beta coming next weekend

By Steve Watts, Jan 18, 2013 8:15am PST

A beta for SimCity is coming next weekend, and Maxis is accepting sign-ups for it now. It will feature a "one hour slice" of the game.


"It actually is a terrible deal, because that credit is a max of $10 on 5 games, none of which ..."

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SimCity introduces itself in new video

By Andrew Yoon, Jan 09, 2013 10:45am PST

If city building games can be spoiled, then you have been warned. Past the break lies the first few minutes of the new SimCity.


"Thanks, due to your comment I actually had to watch the video. Well done ;)"

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Why you'll 'never lose' in SimCity

By Steve Watts, Dec 13, 2012 8:15am PST

SimCity lead designer Stone Librande explains why you can be down in SimCity, but never truly out.


"you can set your session to private. Although, if every game still contributes to some kind ..."

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SimCity trailer demonstrates inter-city play

By Alice O'Connor, Dec 11, 2012 6:50am PST

EA's banged on about how urban planners will be able to connect cities in SimCity, and now demonstrates that nicely in a new six-minute video. Each city can hook up with neighbouring cities, run by you or your chums, to import and export resources like electricity and polici...


"Man, I really would love to play this game, but always online DRM will keep me from getting it ..."

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SimCity dev diary gives literal, figurative overview

By Steve Watts, Nov 27, 2012 3:30pm PST

SimCity lead creative director Ocean Quigley walks through the new features coming to the next SimCity game.


"Their "simconomy" is already up and running for the Sims 3, so I'll be surprised if they don't ..."

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SimCity delayed, now erecting on March 5

By Alice O'Connor, Oct 24, 2012 7:30am PDT

If you were thrilled by the recent lenghty demonstration of SimCity or the peek at its disasters, head on down to the shops now, buy a 2013 calendar, and draw a big heart around March 5. That's when Maxis's city-building sim will launch, see. It was previously slated to arri...


"Even a AAA title shouldn't be $60 if you're buying the digital version. You don't get physical ..."

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SimCity trailer is a total disaster

By Steve Watts, Oct 15, 2012 12:00pm PDT

SimCity's new "Disasters" trailer shows just how wrong everything can go if you're not adequately prepared.


"I don't know how map selection works, but if I was a mayor, I would want to start a city in a ..."

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Of course SimCity will have disasters

By Andrew Yoon, Oct 10, 2012 10:30am PDT

Like previous entries, the upcoming SimCity will feature disasters to unleash upon your virtual town. Meteor strikes, earthquakes, tornadoes, and UFOs have all been confirmed.


"Why are you using that camcorder footage? The Maxis live chat took place for the whole Internet ..."

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SimCity shows off lengthy strategy session

By Steve Watts, Oct 04, 2012 7:30am PDT

A lengthy new "strategy" trailer walks players through the basics of building a bustling SimCity.


"According to PC gamer there is a complex "layering" system to the preformed maps though. Such as ..."

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SimCity multiplayer to simulate a global market

By Steve Watts, Aug 23, 2012 10:30am PDT

Lead designer Stone Librande sheds a little more light on the ways you and your friends can work together, or against each other, in the upcoming SimCity.


"Don't think of the new game as SC4 with mods turned online, cause that's stupid and shallow. ..."

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