Patrick Buechner, General Manager of the EA owned Maxis Emeryville studio, announced that a SimCity offline Single Player Mode is on its way.
The game was launched in early March 2013 and required users to be connected to EA servers in order to play. The volume of connections quickly overwhelmed their servers, all of which promptly crashed, rendering the game unplayable. Disgruntled players voiced their frustration asking why there was no offline mode available from the get-go. EA simply replied that the game was designed to be online and offline mode was ‘impossible’. This whole affair quickly escalated into a debate about DRMs.
All of that is soon behind us. This patch will not only let you play offline but it also means the return of mods, a SimCity staple.
“Yes, Offline is coming as a free download with Update 10 to all SimCity players.”
“What’s new is the Single Player Mode, which allows you to play the game Offline by yourself.”
“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.”
- Patrick Buechner, SimCity Blog
Is this update too little too late? We’ll see once the patch is released.