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There's no word on a release date

Gamers, rejoice: SimCity will be available in offline mode. 

According to a blog post by Patrick Buechner, general manager of the Maxis Emeryville studio, the next update of SimCity (Update 10) will allow for city-building gameplay minus the internet connection. 

"Let’s get right to it. SIMCITY OFFLINE IS COMING!" said Buechner. "I’ve wanted to say those words for quite some time.

"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."

[SOURCE: Digital Trends]

Buechner didn't give a specific release date for the new offline feature, but did give some insight on what this means for SimCity fans. In Update 10, SimCity gamers will be able to log into their cities, where all of the previously downloaded content will be available. The online game remains the same, but there will now be a single player mode that allows you to play offline on your own. This means gamers can just save and load the game instead of using the cloud auto-saving feature.

This is great news for SimCity gamers that have asked for an offline option for some time now, especially after Electronic Arts (EA) released a SimCity comeback in 2013 that had major server errors. EA added more servers to eventually fix the problem. 

For those who don't have an internet connection (or do, but a poor one), today is your day. 

Source: SimCity

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Does it still have DRM?
By MWink on 1/13/2014 10:01:11 PM , Rating: 2
Is it still going to have DRM such as Origin? If they drop the online requirement (which it sounds like they are doing) AND any DRM, I might actually consider buying it. I guess this is at least a step in the right direction, though it may be too little too late.

RE: Does it still have DRM?
By techxx on 1/13/2014 10:35:52 PM , Rating: 2
I highly doubt EA will EVER release a title that doesn't REQUIRE Origin to launch it. You are out of luck. Fortunately the game isn't THAT good, so you're not missing all that much.

RE: Does it still have DRM?
By StevoLincolnite on 1/14/2014 2:42:56 AM , Rating: 2
Sad but true, pretty much all EA titles require Origin now.

I would much prefer Steam, but when it comes to EA... Who cares what the consumer wants?
Oh well, I shall continue to vote with my wallet.

RE: Does it still have DRM?
By Strunf on 1/14/2014 7:51:48 AM , Rating: 3
I don't see why EA should release stuff on Steam when Valve doesn't release stuff on Origin either, Valve may be the lesser evil of the two but they ain't saints either.

RE: Does it still have DRM?
By FITCamaro on 1/14/2014 9:05:30 AM , Rating: 2
Valve also doesn't make nearly all of the games that are on Steam. So whether or not things on Steam are also on Origin isn't up to them.

RE: Does it still have DRM?
By Strunf on 1/14/2014 11:58:48 AM , Rating: 2
The Half-Life series and others belong to them and they aren't on Origin... I fail to see why people complain about one but not the other, example they blame EA for DRM yet Valve gets a blank card to do what they want, has anyone bought a Valve game without DRM or that doesn't require Steam ? and what about all those games out there that require you to install Steam even if they have nothing to do with Valve ?
I understand there are reasons to hate EA, but DRM and Origin ain't part of them, unless you are also going to hate Valve and pretty much every other game developer.

RE: Does it still have DRM?
By blzd on 1/14/2014 5:40:18 PM , Rating: 2
Origin has sold Valve games. Believe it was Orange Box as they were the retail publisher. Not sure if that has since changed.

I also shall vote with my wallet and avoid origin at all costs. Not very hard either as EA game were barely worth buying as it is.

Side not I tried to get my copy of Burnout Paradise on Steam working by contacting Origin service. Months later they contacted me and never responded when I sent them a screenshot of my steam CD key page.

RE: Does it still have DRM?
By StevoLincolnite on 1/14/2014 6:57:35 PM , Rating: 2
I fail to see why people complain about one but not the other, example they blame EA for DRM yet Valve gets a blank card to do what they want, has anyone bought a Valve game without DRM or that doesn't require Steam ?

Well, what would be the point in me complaining about Valve's games not being on Origin? I do not want to use Origin, ever. - I would then just be complaining for the sake of it.

I dislike Origin because... Prices. They're stupid in Australia.

I dislike Origin because... It fragments my games library.
One of the biggest draw cards about Steam was that you had *all* your games in one place, Steam beat EA to the game.

Origin also lacks features that are standard in Steam and also doesn't support Indie developers like Steam does.
That's compounded by the fact that most things EA makes are bug ridden anyway.

Plus, Origin is owned by Electronic Arts a company on principle I refuse to support due to the closer of some fantastic development studios and the way they neglected PC gamers in order to chase console profits.

EA is a business, they obviously don't want to do what me, the consumer would want, which is fine, they're entitled to do so.
Thankfully... I have plenty of other options to spend my money on.

RE: Does it still have DRM?
By retrospooty on 1/14/2014 10:25:17 AM , Rating: 2
"when it comes to EA... Who cares what the consumer wants?
Oh well, I shall continue to vote with my wallet."

I agree... I just bought BF4 over the holidays and after that experience, that is the absolute last EA game I buy, and the last origin one as well. Nothing but issues with the licenese and I still cant play it. It worked for 2 weeks and now they tell me my license is invalid... Origin sends me to EA and EA is a nightmare. I am done with it.

RE: Does it still have DRM?
By marvdmartian on 1/14/2014 7:09:54 AM , Rating: 2
That's why I've stuck with my Super Nintendo version. Take that, DRM lovers!! ;)

RE: Does it still have DRM?
By TSS on 1/13/2014 10:35:53 PM , Rating: 2
Still going to avoid it like the plague. I haven't heard anything about increased room. There's an december update to a kotaku article that says the amount of room is still the same. There's mention of some sort of supertowers, but there's also mention that costs extra money as a fix. Aside from the myriad of other issues that get fixed/unfixed/are in limbo.

Though for me it's really been over since they deviated from the huge sprawling networks you could make in simcity 4. I'm fine with multiplayer, would be nice to see a sim city 4 with the next door region occupied by another player and some trade options added in. But this monstrosity (as well as sim city 6 if they don't plan on returning to the old formulae) is a permanent "oh god no" for me.

RE: Does it still have DRM?
By FITCamaro on 1/14/2014 7:47:04 AM , Rating: 2
They've come out and said that (supposedly) the engine can't handle larger cities and have good performance.

Well then you need to redesign your engine. It takes a couple hours to fill a city and then you just build up. After the offline option comes out I might reinstall it and see if they've made it better. Last time I played even if you laid out your streets well and had plenty of trash pickup and school buses, your city turned into a congested, trash ridden, uneducated nightmare.

RE: Does it still have DRM?
By Captain Orgazmo on 1/13/2014 11:18:18 PM , Rating: 5
EA is dead to me. They release buggy unfinished garbage with the only focus being to make as much lens flare and bloom as possible to blind you into thinking you aren't looking at a turd sandwich, and then force you to run it through their crap Origin software (name taken from the legendary Origin game studios who they bought and destroyed) no matter if you buy it via steam or impulse/gamestop or whoever.

Long live independent/crowd-funded game studios and Steam Greenlight! They are saving PC gaming.

RE: Does it still have DRM?
By Strunf on 1/14/2014 8:02:27 AM , Rating: 1
Because Valve doesn't force you to run their games with Steam? I have both and quite frankly it's as easy to start a game in origin as it is in Steam.

RE: Does it still have DRM?
By FITCamaro on 1/14/2014 9:07:16 AM , Rating: 3
The difference is Valve has proven themselves trustworthy and competent. Few people feel that way about EA.

RE: Does it still have DRM?
By Murloc on 1/14/2014 3:50:38 PM , Rating: 2
steam has kinda shown that they're competent and care about the customer and the community, like with greenglight.
EA feels like an industrial chicken farm with too many chickens per square meter who never see the light of day.

RE: Does it still have DRM?
By piroroadkill on 1/14/2014 3:45:13 AM , Rating: 2
I won't buy an EA game because of this. If it needs Origin, I'll just forget about it.

Bigger Cities?
By CaedenV on 1/14/2014 11:33:44 AM , Rating: 4
I am fine with DRM, even as bad as Origin is, I can deal with it for the games that I like to play. What matters to me is being able to play Sim City, which is at it's heart a single player game, as a single player game.

This means being able to play a local game on my machine as a full game. Unfortunately, my understanding is that the cities are so limited in scale that you cannot have a self-sufficient city unto itself and that the game encourages you to build specialized cities which then work together. That is all fine and good as a feature... but give us back the option to play a traditional SimCity game with updated AI and graphics. That is all that we ever really wanted, and that is all that we were really looking for. It would have been a much larger success, and would have been a heck of a lot easier to make.

Again, adding a comprehensive multiplier option is a great idea... but it should be in addition to a solid single player game, not at the expense of one. Give me an option to have a big self sufficient city on top of this local fix and then I am sold.

Greed doesn't pay (always)
By ie5x on 1/13/2014 11:39:07 PM , Rating: 3
This was the perfect example of a company regressing a perfectly fine product into a very broken one. What makes this sad is that big publishing houses never learn from blunders like these. They will keep on doing this stupid evil.

SimCity Gets an Offline Option
By michael67 on 1/13/2014 10:17:45 PM , Rating: 2
That's real good news, just look at my care face. --> -_-

for the new offline feature
By Manch on 1/14/2014 4:04:39 AM , Rating: 2
ROFL a feature.....that's rich.

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