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Is SimCity going to finally get an offline play mode?

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#1 vetJohn Callaham

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Posted 04 July 2013 - 12:13

Is SimCity going to finally get an offline play mode?
by John Callaham

When developer Maxis and publisher Electronic Arts released SimCity earlier this year, the revamped urban simulation game became unplayable for many users because too many players tried to sign onto the SimCity servers. EA and Maxis tried to defend this new "always online" SimCity, claiming that it was made to be more like an MMO game. EA claimed that a traditional offline mode was not possible for SimCity, although evidence leaked out that indicated it would not take much to get an offline mode working.

Now Computer and Video Games reports that SimCity might get that offline play mode after all. It appears that some players of the game have been contacted to participate in an online survey to ask what kinds of features they would like to see in the game in the future. One of the choices is is something called "Classic Mode", which is described like this:

In offline or online mode, play a single functioning city using cheats and unlocks allowing you to create the perfect city.

That sounds an awful lot like what many, perhaps most, SimCity players have been waiting for since March. Other possible future features in the survey include larger cities, a way to put in subway systems and more. However, we bet that the "Classic Mode" choice will be the one that most of the survey participants will ask for.

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#2 Nick H.

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Posted 04 July 2013 - 12:20

Here's hoping this is true, I would consider buying it then. (Y)

EDIT: Oh, actually Blank has a point. From the sounds of the cities they're tiny, so there would have to be an offline region option as well.

#3 AdamLC



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Posted 04 July 2013 - 12:52

Once I can play offline I will buy this.


I know most of the issues have been sorted, but knowing EA the servers will "retired" in a year or so1

#4 Raa


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Posted 04 July 2013 - 13:20

*IF* it does, i'm immediately sold. Until then, my wallet remains closed.

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Posted 04 July 2013 - 13:21

add me to "i'm buying" list if this actually happens.

#6 The Dark Knight

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Posted 04 July 2013 - 14:32

*IF* it does, i'm immediately sold. Until then, my wallet remains closed.



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Posted 04 July 2013 - 14:57

If this happens, I'll buy it. 

I'm not about to drop £50 on a PC game that can be shut down after a year.

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Posted 04 July 2013 - 15:47

Don't be in too much of a rush to grab this if "offline" mode gets delivered guys...  being able to play only actually compensates somewhat for it's other massive (or tiny) flaw...  city sizes.  At the moment this game should really be called Sim Town.  If they give you an offline mode that lets you play a "single functioning city ", you'll soon discover how small the "cities" are. At least with the online mode, you can build a collection of cities in a region that all cooperate with each other to specialise in certain things.

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Posted 05 July 2013 - 02:30

Too little too late, it was a huge disappointment for me. I have something like 30 hours logged, and 24 of those were just waiting for the launcher to work.

Edit: Don't get me wrong, the game itself was fine. Maxis and EA just handled it terribly (outright lying to the media)

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Posted 05 July 2013 - 02:37

It's actually been pretty darn fun lately. There are still some issues, but the server issues and traffic problems in game have been mostly taken care of. I've been really enjoying SimCity recently.


I would love to see the city sizes increased before an offline play mode. I'd also like some features from SimCity 4 back, like a subway system and the ability to easily terraform.

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Posted 05 July 2013 - 02:42

Offline? Cool !


SimCity is really very good !

#12 sagum


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Posted 05 July 2013 - 02:55

Ohh EA, how you tease us.


We all know whats going to happen. They'll give people the "Offline mode", but they'll also require you to launch the game while signed into Origin to ensure that you're not arrr pirate before you're allowed to play offline.

I'd be very surprised if EA actually used their brains for anything other thing twisting the wording and use of technology rather then giving the consumer what they actually wanted and asked for.

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Posted 05 July 2013 - 03:09

Coming Soon:

SimCity "Classic" (Offline) Mode

SimCity "Mega Cities" Region


$29.95/each DLC

#14 trag3dy


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Posted 05 July 2013 - 03:21

Well I know my sister would be interested in getting it if it got an offline mode. She was disappointed to hear about the always online nonsense and what problems might stem from that and she's not even close to what anyone would call a gamer.


I hope it happens.

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Posted 05 July 2013 - 03:25

I resisted buying it as I am on tether 3G internet with 1 gb limit.


I welcome this move.