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In a move that will likely send most gamers with even a basic understanding of the situation to shout, “Finally,” SimCity develop Maxis has announced an offline version of the game, according to a report from VG 24/7.

In a post to the SimCity blog, Maxis Emeryville studio general manager Patrick Buechner announced the single player mode would come with the game’s update 10, which will be free for all SimCity players.

For nearly a year the company line with Maxis, and with the game’s publisher Electronic Arts, was that the SimCity reboot was meant to be played online only and offline gaming didn’t fit the vision of the studio.

“Could we have built a subset offline mode? Yes. But we rejected that idea because it didn’t fit with our vision,” said then-Maxis general manager Lucy Bradshaw in a March 16 report from VG 24/7.

According to Buechner, all previously downloaded content will be available to SimCity players who download the solo version of the game “anytime, anywhere, without the need for an Internet connection.”

The next step for the studio is to do testing on the new mode, utilizing the DevTesters, or “some of our most hardcore players.”

“We are in the late phases of wrapping up its development, and while we want to get it into your hands as soon as possible, our priority is to make sure that it’s as polished as possible before we release it,” Buechner said.

Maxis announced in October that it had been exploring the idea of an offline more for SimCity. You can read that full Examiner report by clicking here.

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