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Maxis is 'exploring' offline mode for SimCity

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SimCity may yet receive an offline mode. The latest iteration of the city management series was slammed for requiring users to play online when it launched in March, but Maxis maintained that an offline mode didn't fit with its vision for the game (after abandoning the argument that server-side calculations made it infeasible).

Maxis Emeryville GM Patrick Buechner says the studio has been looking into the possibility in a post on SimCity's official blog.

"Right now we have a team specifically focused on exploring the possibility of an offline mode," Buechner said. "I can’t make any promises on when we will have more information, but we know this is something that many of our players have been asking for. While the server connectivity issues are behind us, we would like to give our players the ability to play even if they choose not to connect."

Whether the offline mode is implemented or not, former fans may want to check out the game's state after seven months and seven major updates. Unfortunately, it looks like they can stop waiting for larger city sizes, one of the other most-requested changes.

"After months of testing, I confirm that we will not be providing bigger city sizes. The system performance challenges we encountered would mean that the vast majority of our players wouldn’t be able to load, much less play with bigger cities. Some of the experiments we conducted to improve performance on bigger cities will be rolled into future updates to improve overall game performance."

SimCity's first expansion pack, Cities of Tomorrow, will hit PC and Mac on Nov. 12.

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5 comments

  • winner2 - October 8, 2013 8:10 a.m.

    Too late Maxis, you done fucked up and your game wasn't great anyway
  • allen-martin - October 5, 2013 8:16 p.m.

    I love how he makes it seem like this idea for an offline mode is just so staggeringly mind blowing they need a whole team of people to explore it. All of the previous Sim City games have an offline mode, suddenly you need a team of people to figure out how to do that again? Also I know there was a crack in this game to take it offline already just by getting rid of a line code that did a check for connectivity ever 20 minutes or so. This game could easily be taken offline, they are just dragging their feet and playing dumb games. Also I love the logic involved here. "We made the cities smaller because it affects online play, which we made mandatory, so we can't possibly make them bigger." So in order to put in a massively unpopular feature with always being online, they made the cities smaller which is also massively unpopular. So try this, put in an offline mode, with an option for bigger cities like EVERY other sims game before this one.
  • TokenGamesRadarFurry - October 4, 2013 12:42 p.m.

    I wonder how much that DLC will cost.
  • brickman409 - October 4, 2013 12:17 p.m.

    I might buy it now. But I'll wait until an offline mode is officially confirmed
  • bfelz3 - October 4, 2013 11:33 a.m.

    So does this mean that Maxis will "discover" offline mode like the Spanish "discovered" the New World?

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