The SimCity beta is rapidly approaching and we know many of you have tons of questions. Fortunately, we have the answers. Below you’ll find the FAQ for the SimCity closed beta:
Q: How long does the beta run?
A: The beta is open from Friday January 25 9AM PST to Monday January 28 12:01AM PST.
Q: I want to be part of the beta, what can I do to get in?
A: Beta registrations are currently closed, and we are no longer accepting new applications.
Q: I registered for the beta, when will I receive my code?
A: If you are selected, you will receive an email containing your unique redemption code and instructions on how to participate in the beta. Emails will be sent throughout the day on Friday and into the weekend.
Q: What’s new in this SimCity?
A: SimCity delivers unprecedented depth of simulation with the new GlassBox Engine, where everything is simulated, from up to 100,000 individual Sims in a city, to every Kilowatt of power pulsing through a region of cities. The model-like world and detail of the simulation make this the most responsive and personal SimCity ever. This is also the most expansive city management game yet where multi-city gameplay across regions delivers a larger playing field. Play a single city or up to 16 cities at once each with different specializations, it’s your choice.
Multiplayer is also a first for the series, adding a new dimension to the game, as decisions impact both the city and the region, creating new ways to play by collaborating or competing to earn achievements. Finally, SimCity is a live service that simulates real-time updates and pushes them to players in the form of new challenges. Through this platform, Maxis is also able to provide a continuous stream of new gameplay features and content. Whether you play by yourself, with your friends or the rest of the world, SimCity introduces an infinite world of possibilities.
Q: What’s in the beta?
A: Here’s the answer straight from Lead Producer Kip Katsarelis: The Closed Beta is an important step for us as we approach our launch date for SimCity. We’ve crafted a one hour replayable experience that will let you enjoy the magic of the game and allow us to test critical features. Everyone will go through our “Getting Started Scenario”, which takes you through the basics of how to play the game and gives you a sneak peak at some late game content. After that, you’re free to start your own city and play for one hour. We’ve given you all the tools to build up a medium density city, given access to the Casino Big Business, all of the basic services, loads of public transportation options, and several options on how you can power your city. You can start up as many cities as you like during the 3 Day event. We encourage you to try to build different types of cities, explore the leaderboards and try to beat the Global Challenge! By putting these features through a rigorous test, you’re doing us a huge service. Your feedback will go directly to the Development Team and make an impact on future updates. By playing the game you’ll be testing our online servers, helping ensure a smooth launch.
Q: What languages does the beta support?
A: While the full game will support multiple languages, the beta is English only.
Q: Is there a Mac beta client?
A: No, this beta is exclusively for PC users.