Submitted by davewhite on Jan 12, 2014
United States

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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Monday, January 13, 2014 - 05:00
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Too little, too late, sir. You got me with this one, I hope the $69 or whatever was worth it.

Let me know when the maps are bigger. until then this remains on the shelf and the last maxis game I'll buy

Let me know when there's bigger maps. until then this remains on the shelf and the last maxis game I'll ever buy

So in this offline so I can install the game on another computer and play on that computer with a unique serial number or I'll have to buy another game anyway SIMCITY based so we can play my brother and I

Entonces en este modo offline podré instalar el juego en otro ordenador y jugar en ese ordenador con un unico numero de serie o me tendre que comprar de todas maneras otro juego base SIMCITY para que podamos jugar mi hermano y yo

Best. Marketing. Move. Ever. This and the allowing of modding, will cause their sales of simcity to skyrocket. Great job Maxis! (That wasn't sarcasm.)

Good job! I paid a lot of money for the game and was very upset when it didn't work for me. I am just happy that the offline option is becoming reality. I really don't care who said what, I just want the product I paid for. Better late than never, thank you!

Respectfully, this reads like a joke. The fact that this wasn't an option from day one is baffling. It doesn't matter if it was Maxis or EA that said it couldn't be done. If EA misspoke, they should have corrected themselves. As it is now, I feel like we were lied to.

Bravo. I'm happy for offline play. But as I've said here before, "haters gonna hate." Quit bitching about wanting bigger maps and play the game. If you don't like it, don't play. Move on with your life.

Now that is GOOD news! :)

Good, EA and Maxis gives us Offline Mode(after few months after premiere, but it will be).

About bigger maps. If you Maxis say, making bigger places for cities dont give us possibility for playing without problems, so why dont you try to upgrade game engine to works better? I dont know if you do this or no and I hope, you will still upgrade Simcity and do it more times.

One thing you should add is: Region Creator. Absolutely! Giving us that option could make that game more playable and less bored. Think about it. Seriously. Gamers joy from game is more worth than real money.

and it is about time and I need those tools to do those lands and bigger too and able to make our own world and even share it like a ground that is so expandable to biggest as possible ty for listening!

Thank you Maxis. That is all.

Online only was the single issue that prevented me from purchasing this on principle alone. I was worried about some other issues like DLC becoming a money grubbing customer puncher ala Sims and the tiny cities, etc. I still believe the primary driving factor of their new stupid model that screwed old-school gamers like myself was anti-piracy - and I am sick and tired of DRM schemes screwing me over WHEN I'M THE PAYING CUSTOMER. So now I have to try to decide if I can put up with the games faults or if it can stand on its merits. -----HUGE CONS: EA is such a dreadful company, can I really give them any $? -----CONS: too many DLC. The "expansion" dlc is pretty expensive & reviews I've seen have numerous complaints. A lot of people seem to be saying that you have to have multiple cities to even function properly. They haven't fired the moron Lucy Bradshaw, can I really give her any of my $? Still to this day people seem to be complaining about issues such as residents living next door to a school at 50% occupancy complain no school for their kids and move out. -----PROS: I love sim city, have played almost all of them. less DLC than I was expecting to see a year after the game came out. The DLC's are pretty useless crap for the most part and can be ignored. ---- So I guess we'll see how the reviews of offline come out and decide... but it sure would be easier if they would just offer a free weekend or something after update 10 comes out. entice purchase with enthralling game play rather than alluring rhetoric.

About time!! I bought a game that I would love to play with offline. Do things right the first time, then you wouldn't have this much complaints. But only actions speak louder then words and that is a fact!

Too little, too late. You are dead to me SimCity.

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I suppose rather Late than Never?

This was the single most important reason (As in 90%) why I did not buy the game. Still, now that Simcity is old news and the hype is long gone, I can't guarantee that I'll buy the game. The last couple of games I bought were all disappointing for one reason or the other, the golden age of awesome games has passed with the 90's. Simcity was the last game I was excited about, but the whole big corporate attitude of "We couldn't be bothered what the fans say" was a huge put off. The fact that they lied about it being "impossible" to do doesn't help much either. (As we all knew back then that it was a lie)

I don't know. Maybe I'll buy it, maybe I won't. The point being, the excitement that would've guaranteed an instant sale is long gone. It's been months since I've even visited the SC site, and this news would've passed me by if it wasn't for an email from the Urban Cartographer petition. My reaction to this news can be summed up with "...meh!"

May this be a lesson to EA, or MAXIS, or whatever: If it ain't broken, don't fix it.

Will Wright once said that he made SimCity because he wanted to build a set of Toys.... not a game that is played a certain way... but Toys that you can use however you want. The chaotic opening to ToyStory with an evil Mr. Potato head and a force field eating dinosaur comes to mind. You could do whatever you wanted with SimCity. He wasn't going to put restrictions on how you played his game.

But Will isn't at Maxis anymore. Which is why when SimCity came out EA said "Know what? Forget that. You WILL play the game this way. There WILL be restrictions. You WILL interact with others online. Make no mistake, when they say "This was the creative vision" they're saying "This is how we wanted the game to be played".

That's not what SimCity is. That's not what SimCity ever should have been. The whole franchise owes its existence to the desire to play the game... however you wanted to play the game. By forgetting or ignoring that Maxis/EA forgot one of the key elements that made SimCity special. They started excluding people. "Oh you want to play by yourself? No. We didn't anticipate that so we aren't letting you do it. Oh you want to build a big sprawling metropolis? No. That isn't how we want you to play the game either.

We have a specific vision for how this game is to be played and to heck with those of you who want to play it differently."

Now the backtracking begins... but I can't help but feel like this whole thing happened because they forgot or ignored what made SimCity special in the first place. SimCity is special because it is unfettered and makes no assumptions as to how you want to play it. It gives you TOOLS to play a particular way, but it doesn't PROHIBIT you from playing another.

That's what you forgot.

I think what's really going on is Maxis is just another great developer who's been shamelessly violated by EA's practices. Dice, Bioware, Pandemic, Lionhead, Maxis, and probably obvious devs I'm forgetting have been brutally molested by EA's "We'll give you a huge monetary bonus if you play ball," business practice. Example: Pandemic was offered $12 Million if they could release the game by a specific date, and Pandemic did it, but that just lead to the non-beta-worthy Mercenaries 2 game. Bioware's Mass Effect and Dragon Age games were left alone at the beginning, then after massive popularity, EA started telling them how to run and write their games to cater to the casual gamer. Dice, well, 'nuff said. Lionhead is actually falling apart because Peter Molyneux is a wackadoo, but that's probably a side effect of dealing with EA. Now Maxis is EA's latest puppet with a PR nightmare on their hands. Really, the only studio to resist EA despite being EA controlled is Criterion. Those guys had the right idea when they literally fired bottle rockets at EA reps who were trying to meddle with Burnout Paradise. What Maxis needs to keep doing is to keep listening to us, the consumers. We know what we want, not EA. If EA knew what the gamers wanted, they wouldn't have won the nomination for "Worst Corporation of the Year." The Goatman has spoken.

i am happy to here this...thank you....i really just wish you would make some alt comands for the resources....unlimited water, coal,...ect.

Thank you, about over due damn time!! You made a sale. I pledged not to but this game until I could play it without internet, like lets say my provider went down locally.

Very excited indeed about offline mode! I do have a question though. Will there be a way by which we can play our current (online) cities in offline mode (i.e.: save them on our own computers)? After hours of working on these cities, it would be hard to have to replicate our favorite creations....

Also, will this update be applicable for both PC and Mac users at the same time or will the Mac-based update be released later?

Bigger maps must be possible. With all the advances and discoveries in technology in recent months, we should be able to modify the game engine to allow bigger maps. If I had the know-how, I would offer to help. I do, however, have some ideas for the offline mode... I wonder if anyone would be curious to hear them.

I purchased SimCity on the day it came out. I was so excited I played for one week and quit. Maxis made me hate the game I loved for so long. In fact I emailed over and over telling them I want my money back. It was heartbreaking. I am willing to give it a try again. It is a sad day how the gaming companies think they have grown so big they don't even need to listen to customers anymore. At least I can this one took a year and probably has ruined the game for good, but I will give it a chance. Maybe big companies are changing their thinking style a little. Now that EA is DOING THE RIGHT THING maybe we can get Blizzard to do it too! Thanks EA for the try!!! Looking forward to giving you another shot!

Before you all get excited you better be sure your city doesn't rely on the global market. Because you ain't gettin' that with Offline mode. I will stay with online mode. I could care less about offline mode. I don't need it. I hope update 10 has more then just crappy offline mode..

this manager should be fired!
I'm a player since the first version....I work in remote places and the old version are sometimes my company.
Now if "His Intelligence" can tell me how to play the game ONLINE in the middle of the Sahara Desert, then I'm wrong.
EA assumed that everybody loves to be ONLINE....I hate....I don't exposed my live etc....call it the Big Brother Complex if you like....
The other thing I don't like in the game (the new version) is the SIMS like features....I hate the SIMS.....what I like in Simcity is the challenge to build a city, the Math Model beyond the game...not to take sims to the Toilet....
For the moment I consider my money wasted....I'll see if the OFFLINE feature is for real and I can really play alone....without being annoyed by a "community"....and the need of having a connection....I payed for the game....I never said I want to share anything!!!
With things going this way....ONLINE need and taking SIMS to the toilet, I will probably never buy the next version!!!

Yay! I love it when I pay £40 for a game that takes nearly a year to get to a place where I want to play it! I'm such a chump.

In offline mode, can we move a saved city from one machine to another, say from desktop to laptop?

Finally! It's about time! Now how about those larger maps? Another 10 months......

Better late than never.
I hope you guys learned the lesson: f**k with customers and you will end f****d up.

Finally. Thank you!

Yes!!! Hopefully someone will make a strip clubs mod. Make your Sims happy, with strip clubs!

What about Highways?

Great, next would be that someone makes a decent sized map.
A full region as 1 map would probably do for a starter.
Not like my core i7 is doing ANYTHING currently, it uses 1 core barely for 50%. 7 cores remain!
Ram usage is ~1gb, so if this would scale linearily, which it most likely does not, they could easily put 15x as big a map without any issue.

About f u c k i n g time as well, p r i c k s.

This is just so great to hear. Now we need them to engineer bigger cities.

funny, I posted a comment that didn't appear....!
Is Maxis/EA afraid of negative comments?
Why do we have to pay for subways?
Are you going to ask for money for everything?
Why are the scenarios so small??
This game is DEAD for me!
I'll wait for the OFFLINE feature, and lets see if you are going to ask for more money and if we have bigger scenarios and subways....!!!!!
Nice would be to define the scenarios....like in the old editions.....not possible....of course to play ONLINE....!!!!

so.......SIMCITY......RIP!

funny, I posted a comment that didn't appear....!
Is Maxis/EA afraid of negative comments?
Why do we have to pay for subways?
Are you going to ask for money for everything?
Why are the scenarios so small??
This game is DEAD for me!
I'll wait for the OFFLINE feature, and lets see if you are going to ask for more money and if we have bigger scenarios and subways....!!!!!
Nice would be to define the scenarios....like in the old editions.....not possible....of course to play ONLINE....!!!!

so.......SIMCITY......RIP!

Everyone bashing EA/Maxis for their previous posts, f**k off! They never said it was impossible to have SimCity offline, they said that it would take a lot of engineering that would be unneeded. After seeing the negative press, they've learned that it is a necessity.

Excellent work guys, I can't wait to be able to play offline. Keep up the great work!

Thank You EA!! This has been something I have wanted from day 001, glad to see you have listened to the community and put some hard work back into redeveloping the game!!

When will it be released? Who, what, why, where, how, have all been answered. When will it be released?

when is the patch? what day?

Come on, it's 23 feb where is offline mode ? Soon ? Month ? Year ;/

Can't I play two cities together seeing by two windows? (It might be called the dual mode or like that...) If I can, that must be awesome because the offline mode may has real time sync, right? Many players who build several cities at the same time (and want to make them interact with each other) would agree with this idea. By the way, I sincerely wish for you to give us much more extended map please...

large map, and dual mode plz

If there will be offline mode, won't that mean modding witch means bigger cities?

you guys should make the game more realistic by adding car crashes and good work on the offline mode

I for one am glad,all I ever wanted in the first place. How they do it, why does that matter? Playing offline is what we wanted and they are working on it. I will be back to play then! Thanks for righting a wrong EA!

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