Rejoice! SimCity's offline mode is rolling out today

Maxis finally launching much-requested offline mode today around the world.

The long-awaited Offline mode for Maxis' city-building game SimCity is rolling out today around the world, the developer has announced. Maxis began the rollout at 6 a.m. PDT and the developer warned players that some servers will be unavailable for the first few hours.

Of course, you'll need an Internet connection to download the Offline mode, included with Update 10, but after your download is done you can play offline to your heart's content.

SimCity's Offline mode is entirely optional. Access to multiplayer, SimCity World, and Online Save Games is entirely unaffected by the arrival of the Offline mode. In addition, all of your previously downloaded content is available in single-player and multiplayer.

SimCity's launch last year was plagued by widespread server woes that left the game--which required an online connection--completely unplayable for some. Maxis general manager Lucy Bradshaw said in March 2013 that an offline mode "didn't fit" with the company's vision for the game and later explained that introducing such a mode would require significant engineering work. But in January 2014, Maxis finally revealed that an offline mode would indeed come to SimCity.

For more on SimCity's Offline mode, check out a detailed FAQ from EA.

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @EddieMakuch
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172 comments
thermalmotion
thermalmotion

Dear Maxis,

I thought I'd send you an email but didn't have an account with Maxis so I'll post here instead. Perhaps you'll find this. Anyway, I wanted to share my experience and make a request. 


I bought the game a couple days after launch and never had any real issues with the online DRM. Always online was not a good thing in any way, but aside from one lost city it never really hindered my enjoyment of the game. I did play quite a bit of SimCity and enjoyed it greatly.

The thing that began to sour my experience was the day one DLC packs. I bought the game for $70, so if I'd purchased the three available skin packs that were immediately available I'd have spent $100 total!! I really didn't like that aggressive price gauging strategy. Still, I grudgingly passed on the DLC and continued enjoying the game. I created a couple regions on my own and then I was done.

I feel like I got my money's worth, and yet I didn't feel like picking up the expansion pack and continue playing. Why? I guess I'm just done with the game. The scope of the game is too small. I played until I figured out the best template for the type of city I like to build, then kept repeating it throughout the region with minimal variances.

I played Sim City 3000 and Sim City 4 / Rush Hour forever! I had so much space and time to dream up cities.

Making an offline mode for SimCity is a great step. However it does not enhance the actual game. I want to see bigger city sizes. I have a good system, so give me the option to crank up the settings and unlock the games potential.

With those restrictions gone I will gladly return and be hungry for content. I think SimCity is a wonderful game. The potential is there but it is stifled by restrictions and unsavoury business practices.

Trencher10
Trencher10

If I wanted a SimCity in a pocket, I might rejoice.


I'll stick with number 4 and NAM, thanks.

AwkwardTurtle42
AwkwardTurtle42

About time. They'd better not think about trying "always online" again.

jurassiraptor
jurassiraptor

Great! Now just allow us maps large enough to actually build sprawling cities, and this game that everyone already gave up on a year ago might finally be enjoyable.

omar_q
omar_q

I want some Sims 4 news.

MamaMiia
MamaMiia

But, wait, they said it couldn't be done!  Oh, that's right, just more lies from EA.  Now if they make it DRM-free with bigger cities and about half-price or less, since it's not a new game, I might buy it.  Might.

ioshilee
ioshilee

Meh, too late. I'm playing Banihed now :)

naryanrobinson
naryanrobinson

I guess all that shit about needing their mega-powerful EA uber servers to run their mind-blowingly complex city simulation software didn't work out like that, huh?  Funny how things (eg. lies) turn out.

Anyway, not playing a game with Origin.  I don't care if they're not gathering "personally identifiable" data, it's still my stuff and I'm not OK with them having legal rights to it, thanks.

Unholy123
Unholy123

But what about the cloud?

Oh right having a server do what the host computer could easily do for a ingame calculations and processes was never and will never be a good idea... and very likely an outright lie to sell their DRM always online MP only mode.


Now don't get me wrong I saw my friend playing this mode and asked him about it, the concept sounded interesting and it should have been included... as an optional mode with a friggen single player mode there is no reason why a simcity was ever put out as MP only.

sigh Maxis is quickly becoming one of the many companies you can add to  the list that EA has sucked the soul from.

bloody-hell
bloody-hell

Anybody rememers the presentations held by Lucy Bradshaw, trying to sell that without the massive amount of calculations required for the "simulation", without the power of their cloud servers it would be impossible to run the game offline on our puny consumer hardware ?

Well, guess what, it was (as expected) just a load of marketing bullshit to justify their always online DRM.


Offline mode for SimCity however still requires an EA account and use of their Origin DRM client, as has been verified by Maxis staff on Reddit (http://www.reddit.com/r/SimCity/comments/20ppjx/simcity_update_10_coming_out_today_including/) and we still can't host our own multiplayer server for playing with friends but have to rely on EA's mercy to keep the servers running.

The game itself is still broken too, the buildable map sizes are still the same tiny, village / town sized areas, the RCI model is still majorly flawed and broken, the agent system doesn't make sense and even the artificially fluffed numbers make no sense, regional trading is still bugged, the list goes on and on.


I don't see me buying this anytime soon now either, even with offline mode it's still a horrendously broken mess. (not that I ever would install Origin anyways or register an EA account)

Too bad Maxis, I once liked you (pre Spore area).

theKSMM
theKSMM

Now give us the ability to run our own private servers with our friends and I'm all in.

rarson
rarson

As much as I love the franchise, and as much as I wanted a traditional Sim City game, I just don't care at this point.

johnnycontardo
johnnycontardo

Wait:


Does the title in this article really have the word "Rejoice!" at the beginning of the sentence?


Wow.


Too little, too late Maxis.


Shove it up your collective, corporate, greedy asses.



Puggy301
Puggy301

A year late and a dollar short to save Sim Sh*ty from being anything other than the fetid turd that it is. I'll never forgive EA/Maxis for utterly ruining this once great and unique franchise.

hystavito
hystavito

I got a boxed copy on impulse for $12 ages ago and never got around to installing it :).  Maybe I'll give it a try now, but I really didn't like the small areas when I tried the beta.

meatz666
meatz666

One question still remains unanswered:
DID THEY FIX THE COMMUTE SYSTEM?

deadpen
deadpen

Well this would have been nice on launch day, or even a week later but now...............not so much. Now if we can talk about the millions of acres between towns and how to develop those deer infested woods.

Sajius
Sajius

Remember how they said this would never be possible because there was "processing" that was done server side that couldn't be done client side?


Ahahaha.

GSGuy321
GSGuy321

Origin is still rubbish !

orktar_bunbun
orktar_bunbun

This is great news for the three people still playing.

Gladestone1
Gladestone1

EA SCREW THE OFFLINE MODE GIVE US BIGGER MAPs

makryu
makryu

Too little, too late

Sam_021
Sam_021

Useless, won't let me setup my own server and play with my mate!

Whiskey3romeo
Whiskey3romeo

Not seeing anything here that would inspire me to allow Origin to infect my hard drive.  Let Steam sell it to me for 5 or 10 bucks and I'll consider.

ilke444
ilke444

Way to late. They needed to do that a month after lunch.

xeoneex66
xeoneex66

Too little WAY too late Evil Arseholes.  I'm sorry but when a company, which generates so much hate and disdain in a community of gamers that they are "trying" to appeal to, and I use trying VERY loosely, and fail on such a hardcore level that it makes the current level of hardcore seem ridiculously soft, you only alienate more and more people against your company.  How are they still in business after all these atrocious decisions?  The people who give in to this form of garbage are no better than the company itself.  The game has been out for a long time now, massive backlash from your released product didn't clue you in on how fucking moronic of a decision to require a SINGLE PLAYER GAME O_O, to be connected at all times?  What kind of idiot do you take us for?  Obviously they think we are the village idiot amongst the village of idiots *facepalm*.  I for one will never put a penny towards this company.  It's very icon makes me clench my fists and teeth in absolute disgust.  I can't possibly put anything else down to convey my absolute hate of this company and everything, every decision, it represents.  *spits*

Martyr77
Martyr77

But...but they said it couldn't be done! You mean they LIED? I'm shocked!

ECH71
ECH71

a) Too little too late.

b) Want larger cities instead.

---Cipher---
---Cipher---

too little too late.


I like how we are now getting offline mode, a year later, when originally there were supposed to be too many calculations for a normal PC to make, which is why they forced AODRM on the game. Hows that argument standing out now? Shall I call it BS or does Maxis want to take this one?

R4gn4r0k
R4gn4r0k

Only took them a year to remove AO-DRM. Now, if we wait 5 years we might get bigger maps.

olddadgamer
olddadgamer

I wonder how many people who read this article just to comment on how much EA sucks are going to play Titanfall tonight......

korvus
korvus moderator

@ioshilee  Just looked up Banished; looks great, thanks for the tip!

Silv3rSt0rm82
Silv3rSt0rm82

@Martyr77  So you imply that EA could be lying?

How dare you! EA's totally honest in everything they say!

Just like when they say there's never been nothing wrong with Battlefield servers and matchmaking system!

drumjod
drumjod

@olddadgamer It's sad that so many talented and creative developers are limited by the decisions of the people who own and run EA.

ECH71
ECH71

@olddadgamer  Not me. I can't imagine paying that much for a multiplayer-only game and a 6v6 one at that. It should have been $25-30 tops.

R4gn4r0k
R4gn4r0k

@olddadgamer  EA sucks so hard... well, apart from titanfall. As that game is sweet.

shaolinturbo
shaolinturbo

@Korvus85 @ioshilee  Banished is a really good game. takes a little while to get used to it but its really good. Check out the official wiki, it helps a lot to get you started. 

Shelledfade1
Shelledfade1

@R4gn4r0k @olddadgamer  titanfall sucks as well. BF4 is even worse with its crap netcode

GollumDoesDrugs
GollumDoesDrugs

@ioshilee @Korvus85Yup thanks for the tip, will get it as well, you should tell the Banished team about the fact that you got them 2 potential sales on a Sim City forum ;P