SimCity Is Finally Getting Offline Play

SimCity is Finally Getting Offline Play

After insisting a year ago that such a mode was nearly impossible, offline play is coming to SimCity, Maxis has announced. It will be delivered in Update 10 for the game. A timeframe for that update was not included in the 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," Patrick Buechner, the general manager of Maxis' Emeryville studio, said in a statement.

"In Update 10, you can still play solo in Regions on your own, or in Multiplayer with people from around the world," Buechner said. "What's new is the Single Player Mode, which allows you to play the game Offline by yourself. And because your saved games in this mode are stored locally, you can save and load to your heart's content. Our team will be delivering a follow-up blog that will outline the full details in the near future so stay tuned."

SimCity came under withering criticism after its launch last spring when the entire game was subjected to online check-in requirements, even if a gamer was only playing its singleplayer modes. This, coupled with a launch in which the game's servers were unavailable for prolonged stretches, made it one of the biggest disappointments in video gaming in 2013.

Maxis' then-head Lucy Bradshaw defended the always-online requirement, pointing out the new multiplayer features it enabled and, at first, saying the game needed an online connection because cloud-computing handled sophisticated features. At one point, Bradshaw said an offline mode for SimCity was rejected outright in the game's development. At one point she said that an offline mode would "take significant engineering."

Maxis' claims were greeted with scepticism, if not derision, when gamers noticed unsophisticated, if not broken AI in the game's earlier versions, and others (including Kotaku) observed that SimCity was playable offline until the game appeared to check in every 20 minutes.

Finally, in October, Maxis relented and said it was "exploring" an offline mode for the game.

SimCity Offline Is Coming [SimCity.com]


Comments

    I like the part where they explain how single player works, as if the concept was new or foreign to us. Made me smile. The damage has been done however, and nothing they do can save it. They claim they listened but they really haven't. Sure you gave us offline, that's one thing out of many. Not good enough, soooorrryyy~

      Correct, the damage is done & nothing now can save it.

      Battlefield 4's release late last year is heading down the same path too. 2 months on and it's still a laughable mess of glitches, bugs and game breaking issues.

      EA is behind both titles.... co-incidence?

        I haven't had any issues with BF4 since a few patches after launch. I wouldnt compare the two games.

          I don't have HIV, that means it doesn't exist!!

          Same here

            i haven't had any problems since a couple patches after launch. sim city on the other hand i will not ever bother with ever getting,

    Once the servers were sorted out, I didn't care much about it being "always online". My biggest problem was with it being, kinda crap. Things like the town/city sizes were just too small. The AI was dumb. After a couple of hours in a city, it just wasn't that fun anymore...

      I only play it for about 3 hours a week, when I listen to the roosterteeth podcast's. Cant really play it for much longer than that because of all the bugs still in it get frustrating.

    Now just give us larger maps in single player and earthwork tools and it'll be the game I wanted it to be.

    Offline patch provided by the power of the cloud?

    This is further proof that EA and Maxis blatantly lied to it's consumers. I think video game journalists should take this as an opportunity to prove their integrity and take them to task over this.

      Well. They probably lied, but it's not proof. They said it would take, 'significant engineering', then announced they were looking into doing just that in October 2013. 3+ months of engineering seems pretty significant if they want to use that as an out.

      (More damning evidence would be that the community could mod single-player offline in an albeit broken form a few days after release.)

    YAY!!!!! now they just need to bring back larger city maps and farming.

    If it ever goes on sale for under $10 I MIGHT get it.

      I got it from the Indian Origin online store, Worked out to be about $16 AUD... Not sure what EA thinks about that, but I've not had any issues at all...

    They should have asked Nintendo for help in developing offline play.

      Even as a die hard Nintendo Defence Force member, i say this was pretty good.

    It's funny how they're advertising it as some sort of amazing new feature instead of just something that they should have had at the start.

    After hearing this, the only thing I have to say to Maxis and EA is: "YOU LYING SCUMBAGS!"
    Honestly, did they really think they could fool us? I'm no programming expert, but even I could tell that Lucy Bradshaw bitch was lying about it. They all lied through their teeth, while looking us in the eye, just like a politician or a psychopath. When will these people learn that they can't deceive the gaming community? We are just too smart for them.

    I hadn't played Sim City for ages, then I relented and bought the CoT expansion on the weekend. I am enjoying it, though there seem to be plenty of people on the EA forums who aren't. Offline mode has never bothered me that much, I always thought larger maps to be the biggest priority, or a better fusion of the mini-city/region part of the game, a working version of getting your cities working together.

    From an EA point of view they should just sweep this game under the rug. No matter how great they make it now, it only serves to remind people how shit the game was and how out of touch they were with the SimCity player. Any update actually just creates more bad press (read comments) and the amount of new purchases for this game would not outweigh 'development' costs. My guess is they continue these updates to reduce the potential for weak-but-still-newsworthy lawsuits.

    I can't even bear to open simcity after what happened post launch. EA killed the brand; shame i was so excited; & even pre-ordered.

    But I'd still have to install Origin, wouldn't I? Eeeeeeeeh.

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