SimCity Getting Offline Mode Nearly a Year After Launch

Discussion in 'Mac Blog Discussion' started by MacRumors, Jan 13, 2014.

  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    EA is adding an offline mode to SimCity, nearly a year after saying it would require "a significant amount of engineering work" to do so. It should launch in the "near future", according to EA.

    SimCity launched on the Mac last August and immediately ran into a number of problems including installation issues and more, but they were resolved fairly quickly -- particular in comparison to the extremely poor launch of SimCity on the PC.

    SimCity's PC launch was more than a little rocky, largely because the game can only be played online. EA requires that the game be connected to its servers at all times. At launch, SimCity's servers were overwhelmed with traffic and the gameplay experience was extremely poor. Today, EA seems to have ironed out most of the bugs and users are playing the game as intended.

    However, with offline mode "in the late phases" of development according to a post on EA's SimCity blog, it remains to be seen if it is too little, too late, for the game's fans.
    SimCity is available through EA's Origin store at $40 for the standard game, or $60 for a Deluxe Edition that includes additional content. Purchases cover both PC and Mac platforms.

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  2. tebruno99, Jan 13, 2014
    Last edited: Jan 13, 2014

    macrumors newbie

    Mar 16, 2012
    Wooo!! Now I can Buy IT!!

    This is what I've been waiting for, YES! I will add that I do feel lied to. This offline mode supposedly was Impossible with how the game was programmed, claimed EA. It won't take much in the future for me to never buy an EA game again, however I will reward *this* good behavior so at least they know Offline Mode is valuable.
  3. Schtumple, Jan 13, 2014
    Last edited: Jan 13, 2014

    macrumors 601


    Jun 13, 2007
    I know it's a beaten to death argument, but, could this actually mean bigger maps will be coming? I don't mind if offline mode exists but given the gameplay is incredibly short compared to Cities XL, it still doesn't seem like a great purchase.
  4. macrumors 68000

    Cuban Missles

    Dec 6, 2012
    My heart is in Camagüey, the rest in the USA
    I played SimCity since it first came out and also Comand and Conquer. After EA bought the two, it has not been the same. C&C, I dont think is even supported anymore (and I think that only ever worked on a PC). I think EA was good at sports and heir expansion outside of that has not gone well. Oh well with all the iOS games evolving, I am not sure if this even matters now.
  5. macrumors newbie

    Jan 30, 2007
    One of the most easily anticipated games i'd had for a while... most definitely the most disappointing. The updates have at least made it playable - the lack of flexibility compared to the original games however is unforgivable. the lack of terrain editing, the pitifully small maps and the restrictions on motorway connections etc make for a sorely lacking game.
  6. macrumors 6502a

    Apr 5, 2011
    About time!

    This is a huge victory for gamers everywhere!

    Requiring an online connection for games that could be played offline is an unneeded oppression and I'm happy to see EA reverse this foolhardy decision.
  7. macrumors 68020

    T'hain Esh Kelch

    Aug 5, 2001
    They said at the same time this was announced that bigger maps are not comming.
  8. macrumors regular

    Jun 27, 2008
  9. macrumors 68040

    Jul 1, 2004
    I know it's personal preference, but I like the idea of smaller, more specialized cities. Sure it's not perfect, you should be able to edit regional highways & railroads. And the money is spread out across different cities rather that one large one. But I think that if they tweaked a few things, it could be interesting.
  10. macrumors regular

    Sep 4, 2009
    I specifically did not purchase the game due to the online only restriction. While it sucks that they did not increase the map size, I will buy it once the requirement is removed just so they see the financial benefit in doing so.
  11. macrumors 6502

    Dec 4, 2013
  12. macrumors 6502

    Jan 12, 2008
    Releasing a patch for something that could have been done from the start, a year after the game launched, when no one is buying it any more, as a cynical attempt to try to create a few more sales is a "huge victory for gamers"?

    I'd hate to see what you class as a defeat.
  13. macrumors 6502

    Sep 28, 2009
    i'm a little less then impressed with this version. not exactly what I had hoped. Citys are too small
  14. macrumors 603


    Feb 15, 2009
    Toronto, Canada
    I'm sure SimCity sales are slow so why burden their servers.
  15. macrumors 6502

    Apr 6, 2012
    But, but... You need THE CLOUD to work out all that insane 50 sq ft city action! :rolleyes:
  16. macrumors 6502a


    Feb 14, 2013
    OK, if this works I will definitely buy the game.

    I love playing these kind of games. It's a shame the that CivRev and SimCity on iOS have stagnated so long (I've played both of them to death).
  17. macrumors member

    Oct 13, 2010
    I bought simcity for $20 as a black friday/cyber Monday deal. I guess most of the kinks were worked out before I purchased so my gameplay has been pretty pleasant so far. I owned SimCity 4 prior to this and I would have to agree that the maps are too small. Offline mode would be a welcome addition as I don't play in multi-player anyways.
  18. macrumors demi-god


    Jul 24, 2009
    No no no you've missed something...

    No one bought the game because of the online requirements and now there moving to an offline model and.... Shutting down the servers!!
  19. macrumors 68040

    May 15, 2007
    Really? :eek:

    If true it validates my reasons for not partaking of digital distribution or always online games.
  20. macrumors member

    Dec 3, 2011
    Sorry, but until they give you more land than a postage stamp to build in and until they remove the Origin requirement, no sale.
  21. macrumors G3


    Aug 24, 2009
    Didn't work out in the end did it? I wonder why.... :rolleyes:

    I'm glad this is happening. Making SimCity online only was simply the worst idea ever and it seems that maybe EA are finally learning that their dickish moves and very lazy game development for consumers are hurting them. But I still won't be buying it until the AI is fixed, the cities are actually city sized and it is available for purchase on Steam. All of which will most likely be coming the 2nd of Never.
  22. macrumors 603

    Sep 19, 2003
    They stated bigger city sizes aren't coming because the Glassbox engine doesn't scale well. Only higher-end computers would be able to run them. Who knows if that's really true, but maybe now some intrepid modders can work a miracle.
  23. macrumors 68030


    Sep 3, 2011
    Eh, even their sports games have suffered in recent years. They are so concerned with releasing one every year that each new edition is, at best, a marginal upgrade over the previous. Frankly I think it's way past time that another developer/publisher got their hands on these licenses.
  24. macrumors 6502a

    Nov 10, 2008
    It makes it slightly more interesting for me, but if they lied about this originally not being possible, are they lying about the bigger maps issue too? :rolleyes:
  25. macrumors 6502

    Sep 9, 2012
    Widely regarded as one of the biggest flops of 2013, now this backflip out of desperation. No thanks.

    I'm looking forward to Tropico 5!

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