Attack of the Fanboy

Sim City is almost fixed, no offline mode in the works

by William Schwartz


Maxis has been working to get things right for Sim City players, and a new report from the developers indicate that seamless online city-building will be had by all in short order.  Maxis GM Lucy Bradshaw relayed some new information over the weekend that says there have been significant improvements to the Sim City servers.

“I’m happy to report that the core problem with getting in and having a great Sim City experience is almost behind us… I had hoped to issue an all-clear tonight, but there are still some elements coming together.  Tonight and tommorrow we’ll be monitoring each server and gameplay metrics to ensure that the service remains strong and game is playing great.  We need a few more days of data before we can assure you that the problem is completely solved and the game is running at 100%.”

We have no intention of offlining Sim City any time soon, says Maxis GM

During the height of the server issues, many Sim City fans called for Maxis to integrate an “offline mode”, which the developers say isn’t possible and they have no intention of doing so.  Bradshaw explains:  “The game was designed for multiplayer, we sim the entire region on the server so this is just no possible… We have no intention of offlining Sim City any time soon but we’ll look into that as part of our earning back your trust efforts.”

The connectivity problems have definitely put a damper on the launch of Sim City, which is apparently a pretty damn good game.  For those that experienced these problems, EA will be giving away a free game via their Origin service to make up for it.

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