First major SimCity update next week

Maxis to deliver Update 2.0 for city-building game on Monday; applying the changes will take game offline for a few hours.

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Maxis will roll out the first major update for SimCity on April 22 that aims to fix a number of bugs and add some new features, the developer announced today.

To apply the update, Maxis will bring down all servers for a "few hours" beginning at 1 p.m. PDT that day.

"Choosing a time to issue a major update is never easy, but after looking our peak player time, we’ve concluded 1 p.m. PDT is the best window for us to make these improvements," Maxis wrote in the SimCity forums.

Update 2.0 for SimCity will change up the game so that Mayors will "drive their fancy cars to work" and take their helicopters, limos, or sports cars if the modules are present. It also color-corrects when in colorblind mode.

The update also aims to fix a number of bugs, the first of which has to do with issues related to cities not processing. Update 2.0 also speeds up the rate at which invitations are sent and received, addresses "unexplained fluctuation of tourists," and tunes casinos so gambling will be more profitable, among other tweaks.

For the full list of additions and tweaks coming to SimCity with Update 2.0, check out the forum post.

SimCity launched last month for PC and has sold 1.3 million copies to date. The game launches for Mac on June 11.

Discussion

317 comments
Dreamcast86
Dreamcast86

Offline for a few hours? Is this one of the extra DRM benefits? On Steam and offline games I can download patches while playing.

TheGreatPhoenix
TheGreatPhoenix

so the first mayor update and what do we get? another car on the broken road system.... wonderfull, and more downtime, who could've expected that? 

enoslives7
enoslives7

Back in my day, publishers released games when they were complete.


I guess if gamers are happy to pay for sh1t, publishers will continue to put out sh1t.

blackothh
blackothh

after reading up on this game and watching some letsplays on youtube, its sad to see how maxis tried to make the game better but was handcuffed by EA to make it suck.

Scarshi
Scarshi

Meh, gave up playing the game. Its just doesn't expand enough and I can't justify relying on other cities to balance everything.

Getting rid of terraforming to allow for online compatibility was your biggest mistake. Everything else is just painting over the cracks.

bloody-hell
bloody-hell

Recap, besides some minor fixes there's still lots of things to patch :

- not playable offline
- requires this worthless "Origin" trojan DRM and an EA account
- no local saves, but forced cloud saves
- cloud saves (cities and regions) constantly being corrupted
- fudging population numbers in a nonsensical way
- residents have no fixed home / workplace but pick the next best free one every day anew
- traffic and pedestrian AI
- service vehicle "congo" lines
- broken RCI model
- tiny build areas / city limits
- the "game" rapidly turning into an advertisement / marketing platform
- ...

.. but your virtual mayor character now has a limousine to randomly drive around with .. seri-fucking-ously, Maxis ?
Better call this patch version 0.2 and not 2.0, because this being a working game is still years off.

I can't blame them for not giving a shit about the community though, the effort to patch the really annoying problems would be too high for the few hundred people that are still "playing" this broken mess of a game.
Then again, they already ran this franchise against the wall, so why bother.

wis3boi
wis3boi

TL;DR this patch ignores the major flaws in favor of minor shit.  Well done EA

sundown19
sundown19

I wonder if part of the update is to remove the DRM?

69ingChimpmunks
69ingChimpmunks

Honestly, Why release the game in the first place if you know there will be a ton of problems with it that will deeply hurt the sales of your product. Would have been better off if they waited a couple of months before releasing it so they could work on the bugs.

Kjranu
Kjranu

Wow, they have to take servers offline to apply an update? Well, that's the modern wonder of always-onlinemmunist video games for you. 

Trickymaster
Trickymaster

"Choosing a time to issue a major update is never easy, but after looking our peak player time, we’ve concluded 1 p.m. PDT is the best window for us to make these improvements,"

That proves it. There's nobody at EA who has a brain. Here's a good time to update the game: 2am Hawaii time. everybody on the mainland is asleep and  most Hawaiians by then. Do the update until 6am, viola. Why they choose afternoon in California is beyond me. Epic fail

Yuusha09
Yuusha09

Get rid of the fact that 90% of my population are ghosts that don't exist for any reason than to inflate numbers.

vishisluv7
vishisluv7

I'm so glad to see EA reap what they sow. Die EA die!!

jellyman68
jellyman68

Am I the only person who has had no problem with Simcity since day 1? Sure, there was a little bug stopping traffic from flowing properly, but I haven't been disconnected once and I've had great fun playing it. I look forward to the update.

shingui5
shingui5

say what you want about Simcity/EA etc. I don't have much problems with Origin, in fact, a strong origin can only be good for the market; we really don't want Steam be have the monopoly on digital PC sales, thats good for no one, apart from Valve. 

sasami_adachi
sasami_adachi

What I want to know is... when will Maxis be releasing an hopefully free DLC so commonly requested infrastructural options such as subways and one way streets will be added to the game? They, along with a better AI, would go far to help address traffic issues. I honestly do not understand why many of the features present in previous SimCity are missing in SimCity 5. =/

Oh, can we have an offline mode + bigger area as well? I miss the days when I could build self-sufficient metropolis, save and summon natural disasters just for fun.

Hekteur
Hekteur

@bloody-hell

- not playable offline
- requires this worthless "Origin" trojan DRM and an EA account
- no local saves, but forced cloud saves

If you had half a brain, you'd know that these are design choice. No matter how you hate it ( and I'm not saying you should like it), Mxis isn't gonna change that.

Kjranu
Kjranu

It's almost as if the Soviet Union won the cold war. 

MysteryJ0ker
MysteryJ0ker

@Trickymaster 

Not an epic fail.  You're not taking into account the combined population from Europe, Asia and Australia.  1 PM pacific is when that population takes a nose dive and thus, why the update is in place.  2 hours isn't going to kill you.

FreedomPrime
FreedomPrime

@vishisluv7 Yeah, lets have one of the biggest gamin companies who employ alot of talented people go out of business. that's exactly what this country and industy needs....

IrrationalBeast
IrrationalBeast

@jellyman68 

I'm still having fun after two hundred hours but I spend my free time playing games while the haters seem to spend their free time crying about games they don't play merely because they are disappointed.  It seems like a very productive and healthy way to spend time.

Nxss-effa-sim
Nxss-effa-sim

@jellyman68 

It's fun to play but the problem is traffic,traffic,traffic. That's the only problem I've really had. And traffic kills the game.

Nxss-effa-sim
Nxss-effa-sim

@shingui5 

Origin is severely lacking compared to Steam. Now I'm not claiming  that Steam is the reincarnation of Jesus Christ but it's the best out there. The only reason EA has Origin is because they want to control their IP. And it shows through with how uninspired Origin truly is. We'll see when they get serious about digital distribution--my guess is soon as the industry transitions. All I know is when Origins has games on sale that I want, I check Steam first to see if they have them. I avoid Origin as much as possible because frankly, it's EA, and I don't trust EA.

FreedomPrime
FreedomPrime

@shingui5 except steam is great. amazing sales all the time and a great interface. love steam.

obsequies
obsequies

@shingui5 since when has origin sold anything other than EA licensed products. Its not a matter of competition because origin is clearly not even in the same category as steam, its EA not sucking it up and coming under the rule of valve to better the customer 

asendedtrunks
asendedtrunks

@shingui5 There are plenty of other digital game retailers to choose from other than Steam. I don't know if this is the same everywhere, but in this country Origin is wildly overpriced compared to both digital and physical sales I can find from other major retailers. Also, I can't even find SimCity for a decent price anywhere, it still costs more than the normal price for a brand new release game, but people still bought it.

10171981
10171981

@sasami_adachi  HAHAHAHA did you just make a VERY FUNNY joke??? You said FREE DLC HAAAA!!! It would have been better if you used EA and FREE in the SAME SENTENCE!!! (a side note... on a NON screw up by EA and in fact GIVING SOMETHING AWAY out of the goodness of their kind hearts...)

o0squishy0o
o0squishy0o

@sasami_adachi Well the removal of past features seems to be EA's strong card when it comes to their games. The Sims franchise has had loads removed from its base game so you pretty much have to wait 3 years or so for the sims 3 to be anything like the sims 2. 

Avenger456
Avenger456

@Hekteur @bloody-hell the game itself isn't horrible. Me and my friends play together all the time and we have never had problems with corrupted cloud saves. I will say thought that the way the cities interact is completely random at best. I made an education based city with tons of extra class rooms and I still was barely getting people from other cites.

thetarget
thetarget

@Hekteur @bloody-hell Every complain a consumer has in any games ever developed is against its design choice. IF you have the half a brain, you should know that. Another fact for you - given that most of SC fans out there have hesitated because of that, the 'design choice' is really a bad choice for Maxis. 

Ateas
Ateas

@MysteryJ0ker @Trickymaster Having to take the servers "offline" to apply an update shouldn't affect peoples' ability to play the game in the first place. Dat DRM.

Whiskey3romeo
Whiskey3romeo

@FreedomPrime @vishisluv7 You're right.  This is exactly what the industry needs.  When indies give you working games that are far better then the AAA titles they are competing with for a third of the price...Cities in Motion and Torchlight leap to mind...it's time for dinosaurs like EA to become extinct.

Gen007
Gen007

@FreedomPrime @vishisluv7 Just like the banks were too big to fail right? and we saw how that turned out. Sometimes you just have to cut the cancer out and hope for the best. It would be unfortunate and i hope EA can change for the better but they have too many employess cant be the only reason for why they deserve survive.

thebeasle
thebeasle

@FreedomPrime @vishisluv7  Another publisher / developer would buy EA (and its IP's) at bankruptcy auction, fill the gap, and do a much better job than EA ever did. Somebody's going to make Madden and FIFA every year. 

khankalili
khankalili

@IrrationalBeast 
using your logic I can say that after 200 hours of playing the game you still haven't actually played the game, but just doodled like a child, and still have too much free time to bitch about the people who do. Otherwise you would be frustrated too.

Sim City isn't just a little dissappointing, it's a non functioning mess. 

I've also put a lot of time into the game. I've had trade depots that just stop working for no reason, cities not syncing with each other, great works not building, cities being rolled back after not processing for a day or three... in fact I've had so many problems that I haven't actually been able to really 'play'. All I'm doing is fixing things the game designed badly, or in most cases trying to fix because the game doesn't work the way it should, and don't tell me my idea of how it should work isn't right: For god's sake Tropico is a better city simulator.

You know what the best part is: the big game breaking bugs (city syncing, resource sharing, buildings not working)... no where to be found in the fix list for the update, so anyone that wants to play is still going to have to wait for another update.

MysteryJ0ker
MysteryJ0ker

@Nxss-effa-sim @jellyman68 

Traffic isn't that bad of a problem.  Don't have intersections too close to the city entrance.  Try to keep 4-way intersections limited to your main avenue.  It mirrors the problems congested cities have. I live in Las Vegas and in the afternoon, when nearly 120,000 or more are trying to get off work on the Strip, traffic grinds to a halt for a good 30-40 minutes near that area.  They can easily solve this by just giving us the option to make a roundabout.  Problem solved.

shingui5
shingui5

@obsequies There are in fact a few third-party publishers selling on Origin. I have it open now and i can see: Tomb Raider (Squeenix), Defiance(Trion), Resident Evil(Capcom), Trials Evolution(Ubisoft), Sleeping Dogs (Squeenix), Assassin's creed/Farcry 3(Ubisoft). And i am sure a few more tucked away in the bowels of Origin. 

"Clearly not in the same category as steam"
currently yes, but i see no reason for it to not to become a better service as time goes on. Remember how crap Steam was when it was first released? 

dark_sith_
dark_sith_

@asendedtrunks @shingui5 This is the crux of the matter. Origin is just overpriced. The very fact that I must buy a game for 59.99 € plus VAT comes to 70 € in my country (VAT 17%). Yet on Steam games don't go above 49.99 € with VAT included. What incentive would anyone in Europe have to choose  Origin over Steam? None, whatsoever. 

Personally, I prefer GOG the most, because they sell their games in dollars irrespective of your location. And their Euro to Dollar ratio isn't 1:1. But since they don't offer most  new games, Steam is the best second choice for those games. Origin needs to handle their pricing much better if they want to stay competitive.

Let's not even talk about the exclusivity of EA games to Origin. They think that by making the game only available on their service will force people to use it? Wrong! Most people I know rather wouldn't play those games than buy them at those prices.

shingui5
shingui5

@asendedtrunks @shingui5 oh yeah, Origin can definitely improve (getting more third-party games on the store will be a good start), and it definitely isn't as good a service as Steam is at the moment. I still want it to get better however and i still want a strong Origin in the marketplace. Competition is (supposedly) what gives customers a better experience afterall. 

AlexFili
AlexFili

@asendedtrunks @shingui5 Well it's up to the developers how they deal with sales / prices. Steam is definitely the winner so far, Origin and uPlay just don't have the game libraries or sales to attract gamers in the same way

IrrationalBeast
IrrationalBeast

@khankalili @IrrationalBeast blah blah blah whatever you say bro, I'm not a gaming poser like most of the idiots on the Internet.  I've made regions where every city has 500M+ in the treasury and have made millions with every specialization so you can go ahead and stfu now.  

The bigger issues are that C and I are practically worthless compared to gambling and trade and you can still make 500M running 100k/hr deficits and it will still be like that even after all the agent AI is tweaked.

shingui5
shingui5

@obsequies the publishers i've put next to the names in my post, so yeah, they aren't published by EA, just sold on their storefront. 

Yeah, Origin does have a long way to go in the indie field, and generally making the experience better for the customer (Can't beat Steam sales :P), i just don't see the hate directed towards it, especially when it has the potential to become a good service down the line. 

obsequies
obsequies

@shingui5 and these are not published by EA? If they sell others then I take it back, would benefit people if they sold indies like steam though and had something like steam sales