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.

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"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.

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