Latest News: Technology |  Celebrity |  Movies |  Apple |  Cars |  Business |  Sports |  TV Shows |  Geek


Filed under: News


SimCity Adding Formerly 'Impossible' Offline Mode

Jan 13 2014, 10:01am CST | by

SimCity Adding Formerly 'Impossible' Offline Mode

Photo Credit: Forbes

It’s been nearly ten months since the disastrous launch of EA’s SimCity, a game that served as a cautionary tale of what happens when you make a game online-only. Server issues left players unable to play a game that was largely about building your own city in isolation, and pleas to fix the problems by implementing an offline mode fell on deaf ears.

“The game was designed for MP, we sim the entire region on the server so this is just not possible,” said the official SimCity twitter account back in March.

Turns out, it wasn’t quite impossible.

EA announced today in a blog post that offline mode is coming to SimCity soon. Maxis Emeryville General Manager Patrick Buechner broke the good news:

“Yes, Offline is coming as a free download with Update 10 to all SimCity players. When we launch it, all of your previously downloaded content will be available to you anytime, anywhere, without the need for an internet connection. 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.”

He goes on to talk about how great offline mode will be for the community’s modders, and essentially lists many of the reasons that everyone said the game needed an offline mode in the first place.

If internet access was perfect, there wouldn’t be all this fuss about online vs. offline, but between crappy ISPs and unreliable servers on the publisher’s end, we’re not at a point in time where an online-only game is generally a good idea. While it’s well and good for multiplayer games to rely heavily on online, in the case of SimCity, the idea seemed ridiculous. Player’s past experience with the series told them there was nothing about sitting around city-building that required online play, and so they were furious when their seemingly single player game was interrupted by server issues.

While quickly adding an offline mode probably would have indeed been impossible during the launch window as a simple patch or hotfix, it’s smart that EA and Maxis realized that it needed to be implemented for the long term health of the game. Whether this will attract fans that abandoned the game after the fiasco, I’m not sure, but it can only serve to improve the experience regardless.

I will say that game companies feel like they’re getting slower and slower at recognizing what players want from their games, and identifying potential problems ahead of development. SimCity is getting offline mode roughly ten months after its official launch. Diablo 3 is still being patched into a game fans would deem worthwhile. Lord only knows how long it will take to get all Battlefield 4′s bugs worked out. It’s no wonder players are starting to feel like they’re alpha or beta testing what are supposed to be completed games.

No word on exactly when SimCity offline is coming, but it should be soon.

Follow me on Twittersubscribe to my Forbes feed, and pick up a copy of my sci-fi novelThe Last Exodus, and its sequel, The Exiled Earthborn.

Source: Forbes

You Might Also Like


Shopping Deals


<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/31" rel="author">Forbes</a>
Forbes is among the most trusted resources for the world's business and investment leaders, providing them the uncompromising commentary, concise analysis, relevant tools and real-time reporting they need to succeed at work, profit from investing and have fun with the rewards of winning.




blog comments powered by Disqus

Latest stories

George Takei came out because of Arnold Schwarzenegger
George Takei came out because of Arnold Schwarzenegger
Legendary Star Trek actor reveals why he came out. The reason is no other than Terminator actor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Miss America 2014 Parade to Feature First Ever 3D Printed Shoes
Miss America 2014 Parade to Feature First Ever 3D Printed Shoes
Thanks to Maggie Bridges and Georgia Tech, we will see the first 3D printed shoes on the stage of the shoe parade
Vicki Gunvalson Flirting With David Beador
Vicki Gunvalson Flirting With David Beador
The Real Housewives of Orange County star Vicki Gunvalson admitted flirting with "hot" co-star David Beador
Clint Eastwood advises Harry Styles to stay fit
Clint Eastwood advises Harry Styles to stay fit
Harry Styles 'follows Clint Eastwood's advice by using exhausting military-style fitness regime'

About the Geek Mind

The “geek mind” is concerned with more than just the latest iPhone rumors, or which company will win the gaming console wars. I4U is concerned with more than just the latest photo shoot or other celebrity gossip.

The “geek mind” is concerned with life, in all its different forms and facets. The geek mind wants to know about societal and financial issues, both abroad and at home. If a Fortune 500 decides to raise their minimum wage, or any high priority news, the geek mind wants to know. The geek mind wants to know the top teams in the National Football League, or who’s likely to win the NBA Finals this coming year. The geek mind wants to know who the hottest new models are, or whether the newest blockbuster movie is worth seeing. The geek mind wants to know. The geek mind wants—needs—knowledge.

Read more about The Geek Mind.