New SimCity to require constant Internet connection

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

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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.
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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