The controversial always online requirement for SimCity, was probably the sole reason for the game seeing so many problems at launch. While the game has been making progress of the year that it’s been on the market, today Maxis announced that the game will finally get an official offline mode for the game.
In a blog post on the SimCity website, Maxis says that the new mode will be coming in Update 10.
“In Update 10, you can still play solo in Regions on your own, or in Multiplayer with people from around the world. What’s new is the Single Player Mode, which allows you to play the game Offline by yourself. And because your saved games in this mode are stored locally, you can save and load to your heart’s content. Our team will be delivering a follow-up blog that will outline the full details in the near future so stay tuned.
So what does this mean for the Online game? All of the benefits of being connected will remain including access to Multiplayer, the Global Market and Leaderboards. And all of your pre-existing saved cities and regions will still be accessible should you log-in to the Online game.”
Reaction to the new features will almost certainly be met with open arms by both those who already own the game, and those thinking about picking it up. Regardless, SimCity was failed experiment for the publisher.