‘Play Offline’ Is An Advertised Feature In New City Sim

‘Play Offline’ Is An Advertised Feature In New City Sim

Something tells me people haven’t forgotten about SimCity‘s notorious online debacle. That something’s name? Cities: Skylines, which will also allow for extensive modding and “massive” cities.

The “play offline” bit comes toward the end of the video (worth noting: SimCity can now be played offline as well; it’s still not very good), but that’s hardly the only reason this one is worth paying attention to:

“Developed by Colossal Order, the simulation virtuosos behind the Cities in Motion series, Cities: Skylines pulls players out of the public transportation offices and grants them the power of true urban planning and development. From zoning to building, from utilities to beautification, and from taxation to outreach, players of Cities: Skylines will have total control in endless sandbox gameplay across massive maps — all with extensive built-in mod support.”

Those things certainly sound nice, and the game’s colossal anthill empires look quite impressive too. The people making this aren’t exactly being subtle: “Remember SimCity?” they may as well be saying. “Remember how it crushed your dreams and then raked their remains across a Slip ‘N’ Slide of shattered glass? Well we’re gonna do… not that!”

That said, the Cities in Motion games have a reputation for being exceedingly complex and a bit rough around the edges. Hopefully Skylines will strike a solid balance between ambitious depth and sun-dappled polish, but that’s still up in the air right now.

Cities: Skylines will be out next year.


  • Only EA could take what was a stock standard feature in city management games and turn it into a boasting point for their competition. *Facepalm*

  • Ok, there is seriously something wrong with the Games Industry when “Play Offline” is announced as a “feature”.

  • That looks awesome. I mistakenly bought the new Sim City on nostalgia from Sim City 2000 and older. Big mistake, pretty much nothing alike except in name. Ridiculous amount of micro management in the new one, without enough of the epic feeling of the old.

    • I just pirated the game about 6 months ago, was OK but not worth me buying, so i deleted it.
      Such a pity as the old games were so awesome.

  • Cities XL series is good. A bit flawed (what city actually zones residential areas for “executives”, that stuff is emergent IRL…) but on the whole pretty enjoyable.

    • This game installs off floppy disks and each disk can contain a tiny cloud. That is how the power of the cloud was bought into home PCs across the land in 1994.

  • For those that did not get the joke. This is a NEW game made by NOT EA, and the whole trailer is a massive dig at Sim City. Like how Sony took a dig last year at XBone for not having easy sharing before M$ did there massive 360 on all the restrictive crap they tried to palm off as features.

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