First Look at the New SimCity, Coming February 2013

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    EA plans to release the next version of SimCity -- the classic city-building game -- on the Mac simultaneously with the PC release this February. Mac users will be able to connect to the new multiplayer component in SimCity and appears to be feature-complete with the PC-version.

    Development of the game has moved along far enough that EA feels comfortable showing off some gameplay videos, including this first look at the early stages of building a small town and a quick glimpse of the new day/night feature.

    SimCity is expected to be released in February of 2013. EA has yet to announce pricing or system requirements.

    Article Link: First Look at the New SimCity, Coming February 2013
  2. Moderator


    Staff Member

    Sep 8, 2010
    Detroit, Michigan
    I'm looking forward this! I really miss playing this game and even considered BootCamping Windows again and buying one of the older versions. I'm glad I wont have to now.
    SimCity has always been one of my top favorite games.
  3. macrumors regular

    Dec 13, 2010
    CT, USA
    +1 have not played recently because Lion took away all power pc compatibility. Was thinking about dual booting in to SL but never got around to this.
  4. macrumors 6502

    Jul 20, 2011
    I've waited for this since high school. Now I'm in grad school. Hopefully it lives up to expectations!
  5. macrumors regular

    Aug 25, 2006
    Elgin, IL
    SUPER excited for this. Like really. Even if it was $80 I'd pay! I've played every version of SimCity (SNES was the best, amirite?!) and this new one is really opening up the simulation to new levels. I watched a bunch of the tech demos from a few months ago and it blew my mind :)
  6. macrumors 65816

    Apr 16, 2004
    Drifting through space in a broken escape pod
    This looks to be one of the more interesting SimCity games, with the way everything is managed in packages moving around. I just hope it runs well, and isn't horribly buggy. I'm looking forward to trying it out.
  7. macrumors 604


    May 4, 2002
    Go Vegan
    As long as it runs better than Sim City 4 did on my PowerBook back in the day, I'll be very happy! ;)

    I've been playing Sim City 4: Rush Hour via BootCamp recently and I've been having a lot of fun with it. Should be a lot of fun when this is released!
  8. macrumors regular

    Aug 9, 2012
    I remember Sim City 4 back in the day. So excited about Sim City "5". Societies was a joke of a Sim City and this should return the series to the king of city simulation.

    Can't wait :D
  9. macrumors 604


    May 28, 2005
    I seem to recall it having always-on DRM. No thanks, I think I'll pass. :(
  10. macrumors 65816


    Mar 20, 2011
    I still do sometimes lol the performance is bad.
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  12. macrumors member

    Mar 16, 2004
    Minnesota (brrrr)
    Some big changes

    While this is by far my favorite game series ever and I was very excited to hear the news earlier this year, I do have some concerns about the new version. You can read the forums on the EA site for more details, but it sounds like the game will require an internet connection to play (meaning EA can pull the servers in a couple years and the game won't work), and some aspects will rely on other players.

    I'm taking an optimistic yet hesitant stance until we see more.
  13. macrumors 68030


    Sep 3, 2011
    I just hope they don't make it "freemium" and charge you for every decent building.
  14. macrumors regular

    Jul 3, 2012
    Stockholm, Sweden
    Ah drm.. funny thing is it will likely not affect pirated copies as they will probably run it connected to a pretend-server installed on the machine itself. Only smacking the paying customers in their faces as usual..
  15. macrumors 6502a


    Oct 17, 2008
  16. macrumors member

    Jul 2, 2009
  17. macrumors 6502

    Jul 5, 2011
    Love the cross platform play, more games should do this.
  18. macrumors 68020


    Feb 28, 2009
    Sadly, I'm not getting my hopes up. It is EA, after all.

    * Looks like this will be enforced multi-player. No single-player option.

    * City sizes are apparently fairly small, maybe a half of what previous versions have been.

    * Probable dumbed-down player controls


    It does *look* fantastic, actually quite close to what I'd been hoping to see... 10 years ago.

    Hey, if it beats my low expectations, I'll spring for it. But recent history doesn't give me much hope.
  19. macrumors 68030


    Sep 3, 2011
    Yeah, it does look like they've casualized the gameplay.
  20. NAG
    macrumors 68030


    Aug 6, 2003
    The build order seems quite different than the tutorial cities they've given in the past. Makes me wonder how much different it will be (they have to have the transportation guy going postal if you lower his funding).

    Hope they have a video explaining how you can completely destroy your city (I'm worried that the always on DRM thing will prevent you from trashing your city and reverting to a previous save).
  21. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 11, 2012
    Simcity 4 also had the day/night feature :rolleyes: . Makes me sick to think about what EA have done to this and other franchises...
  22. macrumors 65816


    May 15, 2006
    Sim City, for me, it's one of those games that you can sink 100's of hours into, but never actually enjoy :p
  23. macrumors 68040


    Jun 23, 2010
  24. macrumors 603

    Sep 19, 2003
    Uh, pricing has been announced...$60 for the limited edition, $50 for the normal. You can already preorder the LE for mac here. There are system requirements as well, though preliminary. It looks like they will be modest, though.
  25. macrumors 6502a

    Oct 23, 2007

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