New SimCity to require constant Internet connection

Electronic Arts representative confirms players must remain online to play latest city-building game.

SimCity's 2013 return will be marked with an always-on Internet policy, an Electronic Arts representative confirmed to Joystiq.

To build cities you must have an Internet connection, says EA.

The EA representative told the site that gamers will need to remain online via Origin to play SimCity, regardless of whether or not gamers purchase the title through that outlet. According to EA, an always-on connection is necessary due to the game's focus on multiplayer and worldwide economies.

On top of that, EA said SimCity will be available to purchase digitally outside of Origin. The company representative said the title will be sold through "other digital distribution platforms," but a finalized list is not yet available.

As of press time, EA had not responded to GameSpot's request for comment.

Due in 2013 for the PC and Mac, SimCity is in development at Maxis and will run on the company's new GlassBox game engine.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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Xaviersx
Xaviersx

To those who want/will buy it, fine, I do wish you well, but for me, I'm not buying into this less is more future, EA can keep Simcity to itself for a number of reasons (I always play solo, so I don't need world economics, I need a solidly built single player game/sandbox)  but persistent internet connection as a monitoring/drm tool is up at the top.  Especially if they can't offer a persistently available server connection on their part.  Some days the pirates are a few of the game players ruining it for the developers and honest players and some days the pirates are the companies, ruining it for themselves and everybody else (except the lawyers).  Oh well, enough people will purchase this that it won't change anything.

Housesa
Housesa

I was really looking forward to this game until I saw that it required a constant internet connection, won't be buying it unfortunately. If I can't play it offline, no money from me on any game, back to Civ V....

bnarmz
bnarmz

I want to build a city to MY liking. Forcing me to be connected to the net just to play a game the way I've always played it is going to be greatly problematic for many gamers.

Sometimes internet connection fail and are not an option. I should still be able to play a game i brought if my connection is not available for one reason or another. This is not a good move at all. smh, damn you, EA... 

artaeun
artaeun

I was actually going to buy this game, thought it would be great. But after this complete and utter bullsh*t, they can keep it for themselves. And they might as well go bankrupt for what i care. They've ruined all the games we (well, at least most of us) loved as kids. 

2muchgrdschool
2muchgrdschool

And i'm out.  Tried it with Diablo 3. Thought there might be something to the arguments that it was all about the multiplayer, then just realized they are full of crap.  Won't be buying the Diablo 3 expansion and wont be buying sim city. Shame. I loved it as a kid. 

DomaineStickem
DomaineStickem

i really thought we had a winner here... Oh well, time to go back to Tropico 4

JeffreyCor
JeffreyCor

Making SimCity as a MMO in disguise is a travesty. I was all set to buy this game the moment it was released, until this forced online multiplayer "experience" destroyed that. Every aspect of this game can be simulated locally, but they are being lazy and making other players replace an AI. If they want to give multiplayer as an option that's fine but it should be optional! I'd far rather they delay this and make it right instead of releasing this as intended which will destroy SimCity.

ObiWan86
ObiWan86

Fear not simcity gamers! we'll can call the pirates when we need them ;) just saying :p

SoloMayor
SoloMayor

I refuse to build cities, which are VALUABLE GAME CONTENT, for Maxis or EA. I refuse to create anything on servers so that some game companies get to decide when to ERASE MY CITIES and MODS because "sorry your cities are NOW OBSOLETE".

 

They better have a backup plan like offline version, for their delusion is going to end badly. 

ak99372
ak99372

If I decide to buy this game I'll most likely download crack to block this useless feature...

ammas2311
ammas2311

Very disappointing! not buying.

azazelis
azazelis

Nice!

 

I get punished by being forced to be online and dependant on their servers (which haven't been spoken of highly) while pirates will find some work-around like they do for everything.

 

Ubisoft, Blizzard/Activision, and EA: as a former fan of your games, stop punishing us with these draconian anti-piracy actions.

 

If, and this is a big IF, the goal of this is to make everything online dependent based on user feedback from all the cities, they should at least allow some offline version for people (like myself) who want to make a city however I wanted without any repercussions from other players.

 

After all, wouldn't that be more in line with the vision of Will Wright?

esoteric314
esoteric314

very dissapointing.  I won't be buying this game anymore.  I'm glad I didnt pre-order it before hearing about this...

chimpmanz1264
chimpmanz1264

It's time EA was courted for this! They are destroying perfectly good games. I won't use Railworks cos you need a flamin steam account and now just as Simcity looks to pick up here is EA overlooking what real gamers are. Internet should be optional. Not forced! Look what happens to Internet only games. To date I only see WoW  surviving with other sci fi fantasy games.

poundernator
poundernator

i was so excited, the next game that would be refined both graphically and in its gameplay. but i am not going to purchase a game that requires that i have internetconstantly available, which is a ludicrous sentiment.

BrassBullet
BrassBullet

BF3 looked like a great game but I didn't buy it because of Origin. Sim City looks like it could be a great game. I spend a few hundred dollars a year on games...none of it has been going to EA lately.

zenstrata
zenstrata

definitely won't be buying this one. They can take their always-online bs and cram it up their ***. Because they won't be getting a penny of my money for that sort of thing.

eelnarruc
eelnarruc

ea,you can shove it.no money from me.

FarmFreshDX
FarmFreshDX

@Xenuri That's an interesting idea, but presents the problem of if their servers go down or anything, there goes the game you just paid for. When I pay for a game, I expect it to stand on its own and let me play it, indefinitely, as long as I can keep the disc/files in good condition.

shnelle
shnelle

I was wanting to play this game so much til I read this. No thanks.

Erebus
Erebus

Wow, we know how EA likes to shut servers down for games, too. -1 sale from me.

pubboy
pubboy

Always online you say EA? How will this work when you guys can't even get your servers working correctly, I still have trouble holding my connection to the fifa 12 servers....

ThePlumpPenguin
ThePlumpPenguin

Yay! More games from a developer/publisher that codes so bad that you have to have a constant internet connection to play. Is there even a singleplayer in this game? If so, why the internet connection? Surely they could have done it without needing one. I mean, my DVD drive is faster then their servers and it can never be taken offline when they want it, so stf them.

ThePlumpPenguin
ThePlumpPenguin

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zzodr
zzodr

All aboard the SimCity FAILBOAT

BlackMinistrel
BlackMinistrel

I'm surprised to see that EA is still under the delusion that this is the best option to counter piracy. What a short-sighted move. Proper F2P models (Tribes: Ascend) -or fairer pricing-, better customer service and communication, are only a handful of the many ways game developers should be countering piracy effectively and without hurting their own reputation.

clqtte
clqtte

No sale for that game,EA. Is that you want?

clqtte
clqtte

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Mark_HD
Mark_HD

And as always pirates will be playing the game perfectly fine offline, while paying customers will be screwed.

AkhilAnilkumar
AkhilAnilkumar

An always online policy can be a bad thing even for users not pirating....

eternal_blade3
eternal_blade3

"According to EA, an always-on connection is necessary due to people who pirate games.. and because they like DRM." Fix'd.

Alpr1010
Alpr1010

@flammable_zeus that's what used or pirated games are for. Developer gets nothing and you still play it. (More) People pirate games because of this stupid DRM crap. I have never pirated a game before but it looks like I will have to look into it if every publisher puts this crap on the game. Right now I'm replaying all of the Command & Conquer games. If they all required me to be online and the servers were shut down since most of them are 10+ years old, they'd be unplayable. No thanks, you can kiss my ass.

kid23455
kid23455

@eridenou I said morally, though that is pretty stupid. But the cops aren't going to bust in your door because you "fixed" a game that you bought, and even if on some 1 in a billion chance they do, you'd win in court if you fought it.

flammable_zeus
flammable_zeus

For all of you saying you'll pirate the game, you're not helping the situation. All you're saying is that they're making a product that you still want to play but are too cheap to. Simply vote with your wallets. Don't buy OR pirate the game.

ads_legend
ads_legend

So I'm going to have to be connected to your crappy service to play the game that I OWN. No thanks EA.

mike300zxt
mike300zxt

Yet another reason to boycott yet another EA game. I've been waiting for this game forever too :(

Carpe_Noctum
Carpe_Noctum

I always enjoy reading what stupid new thing EA is up too. Going to skip this game. The last time EA got any of my money was 1999, but I am going to buy the DLC for Mass Effect 2 and 3, I do the best I can to not support EA, they have lost it.

toshineon
toshineon

Stupid "required internet" stuff. Thanks for screwing over us laptop-gamers.

Saidrex
Saidrex

They start making same mistakes Ubi's did. "Always online" is crappy system.

snes08
snes08

I, for one, see nothing wrong with the direction EA is taking with their new title and I welcome the change. This is totally selfless and only good things can come from this move. Like always, EA know exactly what to give their fans and they will undoubtedly release another industry changing game that will most probably cure cancer. Also, sarcasm.

commander1122
commander1122

lol?? why should sims game require internet?.....

Shawn45
Shawn45

It's funny how stuff like this puts a good light on pirates, since they'll probably make a crack that allows people to play it offline.

MN121MN
MN121MN

@ChillingSky People wouldn'tve pirated games IF they did release it at their own country (which those developers didn't, hence pirated games being sold) Wish I could just hack the game thus making it don't needing an internet connection anymore...

brain20035
brain20035

stupid EA will never learn. I will not buy this game and if I do, I will crack it just to play offline!!!

rodier3
rodier3

I will like to know, if the game will be really online, like in CitiesXL = big company servers where players connect, select their region and start working with their neighbours. This global market seems like this way. It will be possible to buy energy from someone who isnt my neighbour? If yes, then its unreal = sux. If no, how it will set who is my neighbour? --> I hope in global servers, otherwise some global market sux hard and multiplayer where we are playing over IP addres is old and boring. Look on OpenTTD = persistent servers rules!

oKiRe
oKiRe

Won't be playing this I guess.

Skinon
Skinon

Why? So are they gonna subsidise my internet bill? What about travelling gamers? Why the hell should i have to make sure im online for a SP game? Eat a bowl of dick EA, a big steaming bowl.

Joutja
Joutja

@JeffreyCor I agree. I like some of the online features however I don't like the idea that they are forcing you to play online, it should be an option rather than a requirement. 

Iffy350
Iffy350

 @SoloMayor I know this is really, really late but I like your username.