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GDC 2012: SimCity Announced By EA

We built this city on rock and roll.

EA and Maxis have just announced a new instalment in the SimCity franchise at their GDC GameChangers event. Dubbed simply ‘SimCity’ – with no subtitle – the game is set to release next year and has been confirmed for PC; it will be the first SimCity game developed by Maxis in nine years.

They’ve also released an announcement trailer, showing off some lovely graphics with great tilt shift effects to help make the cities look like miniature worlds. Expect lots of new gameplay mechanics too, with options to theme different cities and even multiplayer – with your city being part of a larger world; your choices will affect not only your own city, but the cities around you, with what’s described as a ‘rippling effect’.

SimCity looks to be a solid entry into the series and a great game for fans of simulation. Have a look at the trailer below – do you think this semi-reboot could restore the franchise to its glory days?


  1. BioEye
    Team TSA: Writer
    Since: Forever

    It looked really cool until the last 20 seconds when the text appeared on screen “Images not representative of actual gameplay”.

    Comment posted on 07/03/2012 at 02:50.
    • mynameisblair
      Since: May 2009

      Yep, good idea of what they’re going for, though. I hope.

      Comment posted on 07/03/2012 at 04:00.
  2. tactical20
    Since: May 2010

    What are the chances of a PS3 SimCity do you reckon? Would love to play it again!

    Comment posted on 07/03/2012 at 04:14.
    • aerobes
      Since: Aug 2009

      That was my initial hope too.

      Comment posted on 07/03/2012 at 04:39.
  3. jediryan123
    Since: Nov 2008
    • jediryan123
      Since: Nov 2008

      and after giving it some thought:

      origin exclusive
      day one dlc


      Comment posted on 07/03/2012 at 07:37.
  4. mugsybalone
    Since: Aug 2008

    SNES version was best.

    Comment posted on 07/03/2012 at 08:54.
    • TURRICAN-808
      Since: Jan 2011

      Yh, i have that one :)

      Comment posted on 07/03/2012 at 18:43.
  5. yogdog
    Since: Feb 2010

    Awesome! Will keep my eye on this, just hope it’ll actually be a full, proper game, not end up either a facebook style freemium game or one where you pay an insane amount for all the DLC released.

    Comment posted on 07/03/2012 at 09:26.
    • Forrest_01
      Since: Jun 2009

      S’alright – The initial payment gets you the wireframe model buildings. All colours, vehicles, people, pets, & pretty much everything else you are going to need will be handled by microtransactions of one meelion dollars a piece.

      Sounds reasonable no? :P

      Comment posted on 07/03/2012 at 12:10.
  6. SH Number 7
    Since: May 2011

    Awesome, I wonder what the actual graphics will look like in game, I’ll look forward to this.

    Comment posted on 07/03/2012 at 09:35.
  7. gazzagb
    Master of speling mitakse
    Since: Feb 2009

    Initially thought “yay!” but then PC exclusive = Origin exclusive. Sadface.

    Comment posted on 07/03/2012 at 12:13.
  8. wirralsman
    Since: Oct 2010

    Have missed Maxis. This sounds like something I need to buy

    Comment posted on 07/03/2012 at 12:44.
  9. colmshan1990
    Since: Apr 2009

    Sounds awesome.
    I really need a new PC.

    Comment posted on 07/03/2012 at 13:51.

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