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SimCity Offline Mode Available Now
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Maxis and Electronic Arts have announced the launch of Update 10 for SimCity, which offers an offline mode for the first time. Now players of the latest incarnation of the popular city building sim will have the chance to enjoy the game without the need for a constant internet connection.

“We’ve listened to our players and today we are delivering against their most direct feedback with the release of the new Single-Player Mode,” said Patrick Buechner, GM of Maxis Emeryville. “Player feedback has helped us deliver 10 major gameplay Updates that have improved the experience with better tuning, new features and free content. This is the most definitive SimCity experience whether you choose to play Online or Offline.”

Available as a downloadable game Update at no additional cost to past and future owners of SimCity, the new single-player mode lets players unplug, build, and destroy their cities from anywhere in the world.

Originally designed from the ground-up as an always-connected experience, Maxis reengineered the game in order to move the calculations locally to the player’s PC or Mac. Gains in optimization to the GlassBox Engine allow players to have a similar gameplay experience, whether they choose to play Online or Offline.

Players will automatically receive the Update the next time they log-in to SimCity. From there they will have the option to play either way; the new Single-Player Mode, which enables Offline Play, or continue to play in the Multiplayer Mode. The Single-Player Mode retains the same expansive feel of the core SimCity gameplay while adding more control over when and how their progress is saved. Multiplayer Mode continues to deliver the SimCity experience that includes SimCity World, Leaderboards, Achievements, dynamic pricing of resources in the Global Market and Cloud Saves.

Update 10 Features:

    New:
    • SimCity Single-Player Mode.
      Enables Offline Play.
    • Single-Player Mode includes multi-city play, regional interdependence, and city specialization. Regions are saved locally and there is no limit on number of save games.
    • Autosave can be disabled in Single-Player Mode in order for players to experiment and load their regions at a previous save point.
    • Save As a copy feature. Players can make copies of their regions at multiple save points.
    • See FAQ on Single-Player Mode for full details.
    Performance: Optimizations in the simulator to improve performance of both Multiplayer and Single-Player Mode.
    Friends: Friends Search now uses the Origin friend search.
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