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So much for “not possible”: EA is adding an offline mode to SimCity, free of charge, ten months after fans demanded it.

SimCity was highly anticipated in spring 2013, but suffered a terrible launch SimCity 2013 - The Tale Of a Terrible Launch & a Terrific Game [MUO Gaming] SimCity 2013 - The Tale Of a Terrible Launch & a Terrific Game [MUO Gaming] SimCity was one of the first PC games I ever played when it was first released in 1989 - I was just 7 at the time. You'll understand then why this game holds a particularly... Read More that ultimately led to an apology and a free game EA Finally Apologizes For SimCity Fiasco With A Free Game [Updates] EA Finally Apologizes For SimCity Fiasco With A Free Game [Updates] SimCity was easily one of the most anticipated games of the first half of 2013, and unfortunately, its launch was filled with all kinds of problems for gamers. Did you buy SimCity? EA is trying... Read More for everyone who bought it. Overwhelming server traffic meant SimCity, designed to be online-only, was basically unplayable for weeks.

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This prompted players, many of whom weren’t interested in the online parts of the game, to request an offline mode. They were told it wouldn’t – and couldn’t – happen.

Critics said EA was needlessly adding online features to a single-player game to prevent piracy. Whether that’s the case no longer matters, because EA is backing down.

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Offering the offline mode, according to single player lead engineer Simon Fox, required a lot of building from scratch.

By the time we’re finished we will have spent over 6 ½ months working to write and rewrite core parts of the game to get this to work,” wrote Fox in a blog post. “Even things that seem trivial, like the way that cities are saved and loaded, had to be completely reworked in order to make this feature function correctly.

The offline mode will be included in Update 10, and ensures people who pay for SimCity will be able to play it if EA shuts down all servers.

Of course, online play wasn’t the only criticism of the game: comments on our site have argued that the cities in the game are too small and that the AI isn’t as in-depth as promised. Some gamers will tell you there are reasons to stick with 2003’s SimCity 4 5 Reasons To Go Back To SimCity 4 [Opinion] 5 Reasons To Go Back To SimCity 4 [Opinion] The city builder is a genre that’s nearly disappeared over the last decade. It’s a victim of the market. City builders aren’t the kind of flash-bang titles that big publishers usually love, but they’re also... Read More . But if you liked the new SimCity, and wanted an offline mode, you’ve got it.

Source: Sim City Blog

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