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?