Submitted by voctavia on Jan 13, 2014
Australia

Let’s get right to it.

SIMCITY OFFLINE IS COMING!

I’ve wanted to say those words for quite some time, so my apologies that I didn’t take the time to say Happy New Year first.

Yes, Offline is coming as a free download with Update 10 to all SimCity players. When we launch it, all of your previously downloaded content will be available to you anytime, anywhere, without the need for an internet connection. 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. As one of the final steps, we’re putting Offline into the hands of some of our most hardcore players, the DevTesters. This group of volunteers is going to put Offline through its paces before we release it.

In Update 10, you can still play solo in Regions on your own, or in Multiplayer with people from around the world. 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.

So what does this mean for the Online game? All of the benefits of being connected will remain including access to Multiplayer, the Global Market and Leaderboards. And all of your pre-existing saved cities and regions will still be accessible should you log-in to the Online game.

Bringing the game Offline means big things for our wonderful community of Modders. They can now make modifications to the game and its components without compromising the integrity of the Online game. Modding is a big part of our studio’s legacy and we’re excited to see what you guys create. Check out this thread to learn about Oppie85’s Central Train Station, which you can put into your game right now, and if you’re interested in making your own content take a look at the Modding Policy. To get you started, we will be rolling out a series of tutorials from the studio that surfaces how we’ve created some of the content that you’ve seen so far in hopes of inspiring your creativity.

So that’s it from me for the time being. Keep an eye out for more information on Offline shortly. We’ll be releasing more information on how it all works. And as always, get in touch with me on Twitter @EAGamer, I’m always eager to read your feedback.

From me, and everyone at the studio, thank you again for staying with us. We look forward to getting Offline for SimCity into your hands as soon as possible.

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General Manager of the Maxis Emeryville studio Patrick Buechner
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Sunday, January 12, 2014 - 18:00
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This is all great and all but i'm bored of this game not because I had to be online but because in 2 hours I've already completely filled my map. It's such a shame :(

Now all we need is much larger maps and SimCity will be almost as good as SimCity 4...

To little, to late. In the scheme of things with this game the server and online only was just a small part of what made it terrible. As mdailimeier said above, needs bigger maps and terminating and then maybe just maybe it'll be reasonable and in line with the rest of the franchise. Unless there are other changes simply taking away the online only aspect wont draw me back to this game. Sorry but good luck.

*teraforming not terminating. i really should have typed this on a pc and not my phone.. :/

For those of you who have stated that you're bored with the game, this will bring longevity to SimCity if you wish to play single player mode, because Modders will bring lots of great mods to enhance the new single player mode, which means more buildings etc....

I think is a great decision by the developers and EA that they're redeeming themselves for making one of the biggest mistakes by not including the single player component when the game was originally launched!

It was a hard lesson to have learned! When you've got a game that's been out for many years, and even though several versions are released after the original version, with better visuals and some enhanced features, if the game is a success, the software company who develops the game, should never take away any of the components that made the game so successful in the first place!

I think we all realise this is more damage control than a considered upgrade.

You would have one much better to have expanded the realism of SC4 than embark on this online lunacy.

Maxis seem to think that we all lust after the 'game', not so, many of us just love to plan and build outside the constrictions of the game. It would be great if SC could have a Gamer Mode and a Planner Mode. Think about it guys, think about it as a civil engineering tool as well as a game. Having said that, the new SC has so little infrastructure and transport available that SC4 still wins hands down.

so if we get to play offline, will our data be saved at the current point as well or will it be deleted to the point when you previously logged in?

Awesome!!! I hated that it was server dependent from the get go. When is this rolling out?

G'day and many thanks, exclusively play single player, so there was little to gain in having to be connected.

BTW having worked in visual and special Fx industries for a number of years, I really appreciate the work that has gone into this latest version. Keep up the great work it is an excellent sim with many enjoyable subtle nuances in the graphics that I still keep finding and having a chuckle over.

While the direction of the sim has changed (I believe for the better) the limiting factor for scope and scale shouldn't be the lowest common denominator platform. My four GPU, six CPU 32Gb ram and 10Tb desktop has a bit more grunt than my android smart phone.

I have watched as everyone (devs & publishers) rushes to the bottom to ensure that all current games work across all platforms and every time, I think what a shame and what a waste of the fantastic abilities available on current (and future) PCs.

Anyway, please keep up the good work, fantastic little sim :-)

what about Australians. when is SimCity coming to Australia on android smart phones, like Samsung S4 / Samsung note?

This is a PC/Mac game. The game came out last year. You'll probably find it at EB games, but I reckon it will cost you less to buy it from Origin. If you're looking for SimCity for smartphones, try SimCity Deluxe for iOS and android (an entirely separate game, not to be confused with the Deluxe edition of the SimCity reboot).

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