SimCity sees return of Cheetah Speed

SimCity's fastest setting reenabled a month after being temporarily removed.

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Maxis has reenabled Cheetah Speed in its recently released SimCity, over a month after it was temporarily removed from the game.

"Yes, it's true - we've recently brought back Cheetah Speed," says SimCity's Twitter feed.

Cheetah Speed is the fastest setting for passing time in SimCity. The mode was disabled on March 7, shortly after the game's disastrous launch, in order to take load off the game's overburdened servers. Other "non-critical" features were also removed from the game at the time, such as achievements and leaderboards.

Maxis also said that SimCity Update 2.0 is in development, and promised to reveal more information soon.

Despite its issues at launch, SimCity sold 1.1 million copies in its first two weeks on sale. The game's latest DLC offers a free car dock sponsored by Nissan Leaf.

For more information on SimCity, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

Discussion

37 comments
stevo367
stevo367

It's a shame that nothing that's happened since the launch makes me want to actually buy this game.  I was very much looking forward to it too.   Perhaps SIM 5 (not holding my breath) will remove all the stupid crap nobody wants and introduce a solid single player experience again.

mtouchprod
mtouchprod

It's amazing how much breathing room it gives your servers when EVERYONE abandons your shitty game.

Cashmoney007
Cashmoney007

This still does not impress me so I will wait longer before I think about getting this game.

SicoWolf
SicoWolf

I was bored with the game after the first (playable) week. I don't much care for the region mechanic and limited city size.

91210user
91210user

Welcome back 'Cheetah Speed'. You still annoy me EA and their Simcity! You may aswell ask me to play Simcity 4 again if it that big of a deal!

Daemoroth
Daemoroth

You want to fix SimCity? Then let us build a city throughout the entire REGION, not these 7 little towns.

Trender_man
Trender_man

my game glitched, cant even see the clock anymore :(

thermalmotion
thermalmotion

Huh? I've been using cheetah speed for weeks... ?

matthewlee101
matthewlee101

This game has no point after a few hours.. now you can get there faster

rpvarela
rpvarela

That doesn't seem like important news...

triple_b2k
triple_b2k

Now, fix the Rollbacks and Casino bugs.

blackothh
blackothh

lets dumb down an already dumbed down game to let the DRM work. I absolutely love that mentality.

I feel bad for Maxis for having to watch their baby get flushed down the drain.

Kayweg
Kayweg

You know they're in deep s**t when reintroducing an ingame speed setting makes the news.....

Yuusha09
Yuusha09

How about you make what you say you're going to make.  Only 1/10th of your population actually exists, the rest are ghosts to inflate numbers.  Your sims won't stick to a single job or a single house, and move around like lemmings filling the first job they see and going home to the first house they see.  The game is garbage, nothing is simulated like they said GlassBox could do.

akosinotnot
akosinotnot

cheetah speed? why not give us what we really want?

gbrading
gbrading moderator

Bring back African Swallow speed! Oh wait, that isn't in this SimCity. My mistake.

Ahiru-San
Ahiru-San

the game is very playable these days. unfortunately the traffic is still glitched and the sims are way too dumb to think of better routes around the jam...

FlameBoyBen
FlameBoyBen

The whole event of this game has just been a disgrace...

Its really hard to know what else to say beyond that it cheated over a million customers from their money

Mega_Loser
Mega_Loser

i wonder how many people play these days.

Sam_021
Sam_021

@thermalmotion Yup, Cheetah speed used to be the same as Llama speed but now it's back to usual.

stevo367
stevo367

@PhonyEye I like that you actually say it correctly.  Most people don't realize that "could" care less is not actually what they mean.

Yuusha09
Yuusha09

@Ahiru-San and the fact that my 100,000 pop city has only 9000 workers.... 75% of your population are "ghost" sims that don't exist but are there to inflate numbers.

zleerichz
zleerichz

@Ahiru-San 

The problem with the traffic really frustrates me, I watch the garbage trucks drive past garbage and do circles around the buildings......

I don't understand the issue with the cheetah speed is it only in public games? as I've only been playing private and have had Cheetah speed from the start....

made_u_look
made_u_look

@Mega_Loser Ya I don't waiting for it to be playable who knows when that will be. At least I got Defiance to keep me entertained. 

RedLegZeff
RedLegZeff

@Sam_021 @thermalmotion Yeah the setting was always there, it just wasn't any faster. That way unless you pay attention you don't notice that you've had features stripped out. Kinda underhanded to try to make you think everythings fully working though.

Daemoroth
Daemoroth

@Yuusha09 @Ahiru-San Gotta love that part, all they do pretty much is take your "actual" pop count and multiply it. How that hasn't caused rage at the whole "simulator is awesome/tracks everything/super complex" lies boggles the mind.

nameless0101
nameless0101

@zleerichz 
 Cheetah speed has been selectable the whole time the game has been available, but it wasn't actually any faster than llama speed (I think thats the name of the middle of the 3 speeds)

Daemoroth
Daemoroth

@thermalmotion @RedLegZeff @Sam_021 They made it seem faster by changing how the timer updates I think? I used to get the same feeling but when it's on Llama speed time skips in 2s, and on Cheetah speed (Even though it didn't actually speed up) time would skip in 4s (Something like that, hadn't played it in a while to running off memory here).