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#1 Hurmoth

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Posted 04 October 2013 - 16:39

'SimCity' may get an offline mode after all

SimCity may finally drop the online-only requirement that brought the game to a grinding halt for many players during its launch week. The game's developer, Maxis, originally said that SimCity had to be played online in order to offload certain strenuous work into the cloud, but doing so meant that players couldn't run the game if they didn't have an internet connection or — as often occurred — if the game's servers were down. Now Maxis says that it's "exploring the possibility" of adding an offline mode — a change that players have been requesting since its launch in March.

 

Via: The Verge | Source: SimCity Blog




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Posted 04 October 2013 - 16:40

What a bunch of idiots.



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Posted 04 October 2013 - 17:02

this whole online mode with all the launch problems completely killed my interest in Sim City



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Posted 04 October 2013 - 17:07

I didn't buy it for the sole reason for it being online only.

But now after 6-7 months, the game with its small city size is not cool anymore.

Hopefully they realize the mistake and dont implement this offensive DRM in Sims 4.

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Posted 04 October 2013 - 17:12

Hopefully consumer pushback will kill off this "always-online" DRM insanity.



#6 max22

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Posted 04 October 2013 - 17:14

It is too late. I still like the game though.



#7 Buttus

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Posted 04 October 2013 - 17:14

same, skipped it because the online-only mode.   My wife loves simcity, but reading about it and the problems just ruined it.

 

and the small city size....



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Posted 04 October 2013 - 17:16

"order to offload certain strenuous work into the cloud"

 

What kind of strenuous work?  Obviously not too important since now high latency is the primary factor.



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Posted 04 October 2013 - 17:17

I've yet to purchase an "online-only" game.  At this rate, SimCity will be in the bargain bin by the time I get it.



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Posted 04 October 2013 - 17:18

"order to offload certain strenuous work into the cloud"

 

What kind of strenuous work?  Obviously not too important since now high latency is the primary factor.

It's pretty much just bulls**t they were going on about.



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Posted 04 October 2013 - 17:18

I refuse to buy it until they add offline, even if it means never. Simcity has always been a solitary game, just like Civ5. There's no need to force the online capabilities for the sake of DRM and social features that I don't care for.



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Posted 04 October 2013 - 17:20

I understand exactly what you all are saying but it didn't stop me from having well over 400 hours of fun time in Simcity 5!

 

Though I still think it could of been a lot better.



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Posted 04 October 2013 - 18:04

Making this even more desired.... 



#14 Orange Battery

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Posted 05 October 2013 - 08:10

Must admit I didn't bother with this and the online problems were the reason

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Posted 05 October 2013 - 08:15

If they do this, I might consider it. Played SC 3000, 3000 Unlimited, SC4 and Societies. Liked all of them (SC4 more so than the others).

And they must at least allow an option for a "medium" sized city. Right now, it's more like Sim Neighbourhood than Sim City.