The Sims 4 does not require Internet connection

EA and Maxis confirm upcoming PC and Mac game is single-player offline experience.

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The Sims 4 will not require an Internet connection, Electronic Arts and developer Maxis confirmed today following the game's announcement.

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EA described The Sims 4 as a game that celebrates the "heart and soul of the Sims themselves" through a single-player offline experience.

"The Sims 4 encourages players to personalize their world with new and intuitive tools while offering them the ability to effortlessly share their creativity with friends and fans," EA said in a statement.

Maxis' last project--SimCity--drew significant controversy for its always-online requirement. EA claimed the game's broadband mandate was necessary for gameplay purposes and was not in any way a form of DRM.

SimCity's launch was marred by server woes that left the game unplayable for some. In response to frustrations over the game's issues, EA gave out free games.

The Sims 4 will launch in 2014 for PC and Mac. It is the first core entry in the series since 2009's The The Sims 3.

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