EA: SimCity is "in many ways" an MMO game

SimCity requires an "always on" Internet connection in order to play, but the game's launch last week was hurt by the fact that developer Maxis and publisher Electronic Arts underestimated the amount of people that would sign onto the servers. That meant many players were unable to play the game. Lately, there have been accusations that much of the game can be played offline through the use of hacks and that only certain features require an Internet connection.

Today, EA Maxis General Manager Lucy Bradshaw posted up a new entry in the official EA blog where she tries to defend the developers' vision of SimCity. In short, she says that this new version of SimCity was designed to be a multiplayer and social experience, including players receiving help and gifts from players in other virtual cities, along with region play, leaderboards and more.

Bradshaw added:

In many ways, we built an MMO. So, could we have built a subset offline mode?  Yes.  But we rejected that idea because it didn’t fit with our vision.  We did not focus on the “single city in isolation” that we have delivered in past SimCities.  We recognize that there are fans – people who love the original SimCity – who want that.  But we’re also hearing from thousands of people who are playing across regions, trading, communicating and loving the Always-Connected functionality.   The SimCity we delivered captures the magic of its heritage but catches up with ever-improving technology.

That statement would seem to be the final word on EA perhaps adding an offline mode to SimCity, even though there is clearly an audience for such a mode, along with evidence that it would not take much in terms of coding to offer players such a mode.

Source: EA blog | Image via EA

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I don't know how the lines "and about people saying how they have 8 core PCs,you're in the minority.again,most users could be using old cheap POS PCs.If they do server side processing,it would mean more people can buy their product." got on my above post. The last thing I wrote was "It's still America!"

who cares if its always online,you all have internet don't you? I feel people bitch because they have to bitch about something. most of their users play the game at home. Not many people want to play it on a plane,or at an airport.

and about people saying how they have 8 core PCs,you're in the minority.again,most users could be using old cheap POS PCs.If they do server side processing,it would mean more people can buy their product.

This kind of response always gets me mad. "You all have internet don't you?"... WTF are you talking about.

Most people you know have internet, this automatically means that everyone has a good internet connection. I still know people on dial up. I know people without internet access.

This means that I can play the game only at home. And not on my laptop when I'm going somewhere.

Anyways, stupid reasons are always stupid.

vcfan said,
who cares if its always online,you all have internet don't you? I feel people bitch because they have to bitch about something. most of their users play the game at home. Not many people want to play it on a plane,or at an airport.

and about people saying how they have 8 core PCs,you're in the minority.again,most users could be using old cheap POS PCs.If they do server side processing,it would mean more people can buy their product.

Some people gets free Internet at work so, they don't need to pay extra for have Internet at home.

Do internet websites cater to people still on dialup? No. Why should this be any different? Do you bitch at netflix because people cant watch it on dialup? Everything is becoming connected online,thats the trend. It shouldn't be the problem of the content creators to cater to people who might live in areas without the needed infrastructure to get a high speed connection. That's the minority.Again its a business not a charity. Yes it sucks for those people,but that's the way it is.

Do I bitch and moan because the newest PC FPS doesn't run on my older computer hardware?

Flawed argument.
The state of the internet infrastructure is out of our hands, services like Netflix are services geared toward and wholly reliant on the internet. This is a game that in no way really relies on a connection but a reliance has been artificially engineered to benefit only the publisher at the detriment of both the game and the end user.


vcfan said,
who cares if its always online,you all have internet don't you? I feel people bitch because they have to bitch about something. most of their users play the game at home. Not many people want to play it on a plane,or at an airport.

You probably don't know this or even care, but FYI there tens of thousands of us who live full time in motorhomes and travel the US for business and leisure. We don't always have reliable or fast internet. There have been parks where I have had to get up at 3am to do my banking, because of service load on the wifi system. I am and will always be a pc gamer. I don't think we should be at the mercy of the cable companies when it comes to spending our money on a leisure product such as a game.

The part that really boils my potatoes is that EA said in the beginning that the offline play wasn't possible. Then, upon the hack video surfacing, they claim that "...we rejected that idea because it didn't fit with our vision." This is clearly BS. They tried to prevent piracy by requiring the game to be online always, (ala Diablow 3), and got caught in a lie.

Don't tell me or anyone else what services they have to have in their home to use your sh1tty products. It's still America!
and about people saying how they have 8 core PCs,you're in the minority.again,most users could be using old cheap POS PCs.If they do server side processing,it would mean more people can buy their product.

EA you can say what you want and do what you want but the truth is when Skidrow or any other group comes out with their software PC gamers will do the exact same opposite of what you are trying to force on them.

Also the stupid argument that they had about servers doing calculations so the client wouldn't have to..why exactly? The game barely tops 10% of my CPU power on 8 cores, adding the calculations barely would increase it to what? 20-30%? If that even..

Nothing worse than someone lying to you and treating you like you're stupid. I was interested in this as well, but now they can kiss my ass...you know, cause I'm stupid.

Until the pirates get their hands on it and anyone who downloads it gets a better experience than paid users as per usual

Jason Stillion said,
Update.... Metascore from "official" reviews no has it at score of 64....

I checked Metascore and it used to have a score of 90. May be some reviewers retracted.

Considering how it "must" connect to servers could be a lie, a complete underestimation of load on there servers, and the outrage of the DRM depending on server connectivity.

There meta critic score is getting trashed, "official" review is now below 80, and users reviews is still < 2.0.

There doing everything for damage control.