SimCity 5 due in 2013 - Report

German magazine interview with Maxis' Lucy Bradshaw suggests fifth core installment in city-building franchise on the way next year with new game engine, multiplayer, nonlinear roads.

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Gamers will have a new SimCity title to play from series creator Maxis in 2013, if a new report proves accurate.

A first look at SimCity 5. Photo credit: Rinconsimmer.
A first look at SimCity 5. Photo credit: Rinconsimmer.

German gaming magazine GameStar (via Spanish games site Rinconsimmer) spoke with Maxis developer Lucy Bradshaw, who confirmed SimCity 5 is in development at Maxis. She also noted that work on the Spore and Sims franchises kept the developer from revealing SimCity 5 sooner.

The magazine suggests that the new entry will run on an all-new game engine called Glassbox and will feature multiplayer support, updatable buildings, and nonlinear road patterns.

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

EA and Maxis are holding an event at the 2012 Game Developers Conference next week, with the companies calling it "huge." The event's website was recently updated with word that Academy Award-winner Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth, Deadwood) and Charity Water founder and CEO Scott Harrison will speak during the proceedings.

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