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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