John Smedley on DayZ and H1Z1 similarities: “this is our take on the Zombie Apocalypse”

Splinter Cell: Echoes comics due this summer

Easter of the Vikings

Hell procedurally freezes over: SimCity is getting an offline mode

Lest we forget, SimCity has had an expansion since its eventful release: Cities of Tomorrow.

I’ve come direct from our man on the wire, who seemed to spout excitable gobbledegook for the longest time. Simplicity? Awfully mauve? Only when we had him repeat each syllable as a standalone bellow did we learn the unlikeliest of truths: that the famously online SimCity is getting an offline mode.

Maxis’ Emeryville studio is in the later sages of wrapping up development on the new Single Player Mode, which will reach players in update 10. Before then, it’ll be tested by a volunteer group of dedicated players - the DevTesters.

Saved games in the new mode will be stored locally - which means there’ll no reason to touch base with EA’s servers, even for a second.

The online game will continue on as it was - with leaderboards, global market and region play intact. That’s where previous save games will stay - unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be any means to convert existing saves for offline play.

“Bringing the game Offline means big things for our wonderful community of Modders,” wrote Emeryville studio manager Patrick Buechner. “They can now make modifications to the game and its components without compromising the integrity of the Online game. Modding is a big part of our studio’s legacy and we’re excited to see what you guys create.”

SimCity's modding rules were announced over the weekend.

So, yes: all this with update 10 - and without any bizarre caveats we can spot from this distance. All previous downloads will be available at any time, without any need for an internet connection.

That’s worth double-checking - because at one time, Maxis manager Lucy Bradshaw suggested that an offline mode for SimCity would be technically unfeasible. In October, however, Buechner announced the existence of a team “specifically focused on exploring the possibility of an offline mode”.

And here we are. All credit to Maxis, who have ensured the game’s existence long beyond such time EA choose to turn off its servers. But are their efforts six months too late to snare you lot?

Thanks, NeoGAF.

Login or Register
Shoom's picture

Didn't they originally say it was impossible?

subedii's picture

Yes. They also said that if you were to even suggest it's possible to take a game as truly mighty and complex as SimCity offline then "you don't know what you're talking about".

Dog Pants's picture

There's a lesson here about DRM and lying to your customers, but I don't know if that's why they've done a 180. Did Simcity sell well? I know it got a pretty bad reception, but so did CoD Ghosts and I'm pretty sure that sold well. I wonder what their motive is.

Shriven's picture

Next news, they will release a demo... 2 years after launch. Oh the arrogance.


SimCity: Cities Of Tomorrow PC review

All aboard the local-motive: SimCity offline mode coming today via update 10

Night-mayor nearly over: SimCity offline mode is just a spot of "final testing" away

When Bradshaw said offline SimCity required "significant engineering", she was right - Maxis

Maxis wants you to mod SimCity, but only if you play by their draconian rules

SimCity: Cities of Tomorrow comes with more maps for everyone


SimCity players in revolt after 2.0 patch leaves cities overflowing with bugs and faeces

SimCity Central Train Station is a "proof-of-concept" mod designed to herald a wave of custom buildings

Maxis "exploring the possibility" of a SimCity offline mode, but "will not be providing bigger city sizes"

Maxis want to talk SimCity mods; "It's difficult to determine what mods cross the line"

SimCity: Cities of Tomorrow expansion summons commercialist dystopia

How EA are teaching SimCity players about the work of the Red Cross


Lucy Bradshaw gives some "straight answers" about SimCity: "In many ways, we built an MMO”

SimCity Mac installation problems are resolved

SimCity is out on Mac today, shares Region play with Windows

SimCity update 7's road bridges and tunnels should put paid to traffic problems

SimCity update 7 brings further improvements to traffic. No more rubbish truck clumping

SimCity for Mac due for August 29 release, free for PC version owners


How EA could repair SimCity's disastrous launch

SimCity Update 7 introduces bridges, overpasses and tunnels for road builders

SimCity sells two million copies, "is a success" despite "really rough" first week

SimCity creative director leads upper-tier exodus at Maxis to start new simulation studio

Hints suggest offline mode may be coming to a SimCity near you

SimCity survey suggests EA want to double city size