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SimCity is finally playable offline

Finally playable offline
Finally playable offline
EA, Maxis

The launch of SimCity was one of the biggest disasters in gaming history. The highly-anticipated and famed building simulation game suffered from huge bugs and connection issues, but the biggest offender was the always-online requirement. This set off a huge discussion about DRM practices and policies that has angered many gamers.

Developer Maxis has released “Update 10”, in which you can no longer have to rely on being online to play the game. Maxis PR Director, Charlie Sinhaseni wrote:

Hey guess what? Update 10 that enables Offline Play for @simcity is coming today. Deployment begins now.

Patrick Buechner, General Manager of Maxis Emeryville further adds:

In Update 10, you can still play solo in Regions on your own, or in Multiplayer with people from around the world. What’s new is the Single Player Mode, which allows you to play the game Offline by yourself. And because your saved games in this mode are stored locally, you can save and load to your heart’s content. Our team will be delivering a follow-up blog that will outline the full details in the near future so stay tuned.

So what does this mean for the Online game? All of the benefits of being connected will remain including access to Multiplayer, the Global Market and Leaderboards. And all of your pre-existing saved cities and regions will still be accessible should you log-in to the Online game.

In short, you don’t’ have to worry about saving your games in a cloud system, but rather locally, as well as your multiplayer saves.

But even with this huge patch, will gamers have an interest in a game in which they feel cheated out of, especially those that have purchased it? Only time will tell.