SimCity Update Finally Adds an Offline Mode

Paul Lilly

SimCity fans are about to their most requested feature

Maxis Emeryville has a New Year's resolution, one that you're going to like. It's to implement an offline mode for SimCity , which Maxis Emeryville GM Patrick Buechner said will roll out as a free download with Update 10 to all SimCity players. Users have complained since SimCity's release of the requirement for a persistent Internet connection, especially when EA's servers were having trouble.

When the offline mode launches, all of your previously downloaded content will be available to you anytime, anywhere, without having to check in with EA's mothership. As for when you can expect the update, Buechner says he and his team are in the late phases of wrapping up its development, which mostly entails testing final release candidates.

"Bringing the game offline means big things for our wonderful community of modders," Buechner said in a blog post . "They can now make modifications to the game and its components without compromising the integrity of the online game. Modding is a big part of our studio’s legacy and we’re excited to see what you guys create."

As for the online game, all of the benefits of being connected will stay intact, including access to multiplayer, the Global Market, and Leaderbords. All of your pre-existing saved cities and regions will also be accessible when you log into the online game.

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