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1:15 PM on 03.18.2014

SimCity can finally be played offline

Update 10 is available today for SimCity, meaning you can finally play the game offline. Without an Internet connection. By yourself. Like every single past Sim City game ever. EA has an FAQ on what you can expect, such as ho...

Hamza CTZ Aziz


2:45 PM on 03.14.2014

SimCity's offline mode is in final testing now

Update 10 for SimCity is the one that'll finally, finally add the option to play the game offline and according to Maxis, it's in "final testing. Almost there Mayors." This functionality was previously deemed impossible given...

Jordan Devore



It took Maxis six months to rework SimCity for offline photo
It took Maxis six months to rework SimCity for offline
by Jordan Devore

In a blog post, SimCity single-player mode lead engineer Simon Fox has written about the lengthy process required to properly move away from multiplayer. "By the time we're finished we will have spent over six and a half months working to write and rewrite core parts of the game to get this to work," he explained. "Even things that seem trivial, like the way that cities are saved and loaded, had to be completely reworked in order to make this feature function correctly.

"I wish it were as simple as flipping a switch and telling the game to communicate with a dummy client rather than our server, but it's more than that. Entire calculations had to be rewritten in order to make the game function correctly." The full post, linked below, covers more specifics.

Not that Maxis will get much sympathy for something many players feel should have been there in the first place, but, interesting to know. Offline play is "in the final stages of testing" before it'll be available through Update 10 for SimCity. I'm still apathetic about the whole situation to the point where I may never play the game, online or off. It's sure looking that way.

Engineering SimCity for Offline Play [SimCity]

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12:45 PM on 01.13.2014

SimCity will finally be playable offline

What a difference 48 hours makes. On Saturday we talked about how Maxis was introducing modding to SimCity but were leaving some fairly restrictive rules in place to preserve the integrity of the multiplayer side. Today howev...

Alasdair Duncan

3:00 PM on 01.11.2014

You can now mod SimCity but only so far

We've said it plenty of times before but mods for PC games are great. Mod support is something I look for in games but it was no surprise that SimCity didn't allow mods. With the game being online all the time I assumed that ...

Alasdair Duncan

1:30 PM on 11.07.2013

SimCity going futuristic in Cities of Tomorrow expansion

SimCity is due to receive its first major content expansion next week with the release of Cities of Tomorrow, which introduces a host of new building types like drone factories and air scrubbers. Check out the latest tr...

Conrad Zimmerman

9:00 PM on 10.15.2013

Hey look, SimCity is getting future cities

Are you still playing SimCity?! Anyone? Uhhh, well hey if you somehow still are there's going to be new content launching on November 12 in the form of Cities of Tomorrow. As you can guess by that name, you're going to get buildings that are going to look all future like. Sigh. This game had such potential. Maybe I'll give it another shot when this update is released. Maybe.

Hamza CTZ Aziz

12:30 PM on 10.04.2013

SimCity team looking into offline mode

An offline mode for SimCity isn't outside the realm of possibility. Especially not in a world where Blizzard plans to take out its auction houses in Diablo III. (I'm still shocked that's going through.) "Right now we have a t...

Jordan Devore

2:30 PM on 10.02.2013

Maxis talking to fans about mod support for SimCity

Maxis has started a discussion on its forums about possibly allowing user-generated content in SimCity. This is something everyone was screaming for when the game came out, since previous titles were mod friendly. No official...

Joshua Derocher

6:00 PM on 09.19.2013

Cities of Tomorrow is your first big Sim City expansion

SimCity had one of the worst launches of any game in the last few years but EA and Maxis are carrying on with plans to grow the core game with a big new expansion entitled Cities of Tomorrow which will arrive in November thi...

Alasdair Duncan

6:00 PM on 08.29.2013

SimCity arrives on Mac this week

So, SimCity is finally coming to Macs this week for those of you who wanted it. No, not that SimCity -- this SimCity. You know, the one that caused all the ruckus because they tried to claim that the game ...

Chris Carter





5:00 PM on 08.05.2013

SimCity for Mac launches on August 29

After being hit with a not insignificant delay, the Mac version of SimCity should be ready for release at the tail end of this month. At least, Maxis and Electronic Arts have announced an August 29 launch -- let's hope t...

Jordan Devore

9:00 PM on 07.24.2013

SimCity feedback led to an offline The Sims 4

The disastrous launch of SimCity is over and done with. Emerging from the wreckage with two million sales and counting, Electronic Arts is considering allowing the game to be played offline like many of us originally wanted. ...

Jordan Devore

3:00 PM on 07.16.2013

Developers leave Maxis to form new sim-focused studio

A few notable developers who worked on SimCity have left Maxis Software to form a studio of their own with the intent to continue making simulation games. The studio, Jellgrade, has been formed by creative/art director Ocean ...

Jordan Devore

9:30 AM on 07.05.2013

EA considers previously impossible offline SimCity

According to a customer survey being sent to SimCity players and posted on Reddit, Electronic Arts is thinking about adding an offline mode to the recently released game -- a mode EA said couldn't be done because of reasons. ...

Jim Sterling



Mac version of SimCity pushed back until August photo
Mac version of SimCity pushed back until August
by Joshua Derocher

Sad news Mac gamers: you'll have to wait another few months before you can get your hands on SimCity. The release has been pushed back until August, since Maxis has decided that it is "not ready for primetime yet." With the terrible launch the game had on PC, they are probably being extra careful this time around.

Along with the delay of the Mac version, Maxis posted the patch notes for update 5, which will focus on bug fixes for multiplayer and multi-city games. Since the whole game is unfortunately online all the time, and the cities are so small you always have to have multiple cities, this patch will impact everyone playing. There are also new achievements and regional quests, which is kinda cool I guess.

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