YouTube video shows hacked SimCity running offline

Electronic Arts and Maxis's official line is that SimCity, the recently released revamp of their urban planning simulation, needs its "always on" Internet connection because the game is tied in too closely to its cloud servers. However, an unnamed developer from Maxis recently told Rock Paper Shotgun that was not the case.

So far, neither EA nor Maxis has commented on the report. Now a new YouTube video has been posted that allegedly shows that a person can play the game offline via a little hacking. The video was posted by a person calling himself "UKAzzer" and shows footage of the game being put into its debug mode, which normally would not be accessible.

The video does seem to show that SimCity could easily be made to be played offline with most of its features intact. Cloud-based game saves and some region features won't work offline, but that's basically it. The video footage even shows that SmCity can be played outside its current "borders".

Again, EA and Maxis have yet to comment about why SimCity needs the offline connection other than its own version of copyright protection. Hopefully EA will respond to the growing amount of inquires from players requesting an official offline mode for this game.

Source: YouTube

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My issue is not so much with the online requirement. I have no desire to buy the game until much larger cities can be created.

Don't even want the game ... at any price now. I'm just glad I didn't buy it. If I find it in a 5 dollar bin two years down the road I'll just point at it and laugh. It sucks to be Maxis in this situation.

knowing EA, the servers will already been shut down 5 years from now..thats how they roll with FIFA and other sport games at least..

Philip James Fry said,
knowing EA, the servers will already been shut down 5 years from now..thats how they roll with FIFA and other sport games at least..
5 Years? Aren't you being too nice?

I feel like playing the game without the region stuff would be missing a lot, especially with the tiny map sizes. If the map size were larger it might be more appealing.

Is the issue the map/tile SIZE, or the map scale? From what we have seen that is broken, scale that size would make things worse (in fact far worse) than they are right now - likely as bad as either SimCity 4 OR CitiesXL Platinum - both of which have major issues with large cities' traffic patterns (the same folks that created the pathing mod for SimCity 4 - which addresses the traffic-pathing flaw in THAT game, are working on a similar mod for CitiesXL, which has even greater flaws). The reason why only the really hardcore of SC4 even acknowledge it (the mod itself is on SImTropolis) is because most players don't try to push the boundaries that far. Because of the traffic-pathing issue in SC4 (which I own), I certainly get why the reboot has an issue with it (and thus why larger cities are locked out).

PGHammer said,
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Man the pathing is already idiotic plenty enough on these 'tiny' maps. Locking down entire towns easily because a car is stuck in a loop, stranded in the middle of the road or the millions of cars driving randomly about into dead end roads (no structures on it).
Horrible, but I get it, it's a very hard thing to master for developers, and I've noticed you can help it yourself allot (school busses often get stuck when you place the bus exit next to or on a junction for example).
Also if you work together with a few, these city sizes are not to small at all. They seem quite alright, maybe a 10 or 20% increase in size would be great. It stays a simulation. No one town focusses on everything. And all massive towns have huge traffic jams pilled up everywhere anyways. With 25% of urban space used up by roads....

And CitiesXL was great at the time. A decent competitor for SimCity, or at least upcoming. To bad the development on that almost came to a complete halt. Their last release is almost identical to 2011, in both features and bugs/memory leaks.

Blackhearted said,
Yes, cause it's only pirates who want the ability to play games offline.

Idiot.


No but the majority of those who want to play offline and scream the loudest about it do.

Shadowzz said,

No but the majority of those who want to play offline and scream the loudest about it do.

Not true, at all. Why do people feel as though they "know" what the majority, or ANYONE else for that matter, is thinking or feeling? I am no pirate and I simply, like many, would love to play SimCity (& Diablo 3) while traveling and not worrying about an internet connection just to play what is enjoyable as a single player game!

Damn, I was hoping they'd simply stop making games altogether.
Or at least until they can figure out their *sses from a hole in the ground

SK[ said,]Might be late for you but this is news to me.
These comments annoy me to the same level people use "First!".

Could be worse... could be a combo first post + day late message LOL.

SK[ said,]Might be late for you but this is news to me.
These comments annoy me to the same level people use "First!".

This comment is 10 days late - but just to say - these news articles that are late annoy ME to to the same level as people using 'First!' .. Each to their own, I guess.