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SimCity Will Require Constant Internet Connection

Update: No Mod Support at launch

Stone Librande, Lead Designer at Maxis, has confirmed that SimCity will require an always on internet connection to play.

Confirming the news with Joystiq, Stone said that the constant internet connection, which would connect to EA servers through Origin, was necessary to emphasise the multiplayer as well a player’s impact on regional affairs and the game’s global economy. It was also confirmed that SimCity will be available for purchase through outlets other than Origin.

SimCity was announced at GDC and you can check the game engine behind SimCity here.


Update: SimCity will also not be supporting mods at launch, though the Glassbox engine has been modified so it could happen after release.

Ocean Quigley, Creative Director at Maxis, told Joystiq:

“Right now we’ve got our work cut out for us to build the product up to the quality level it deserves as a SimCity. Then after we ship, we’ll make decisions about how we can and when exactly we’ll support mods.

But it’s worth pointing out that the reason people are still playing SimCity 4 almost ten years later is because the modding community essentially re-created it and filled it with new content and fixed bugs and made it as much of a hobby as it is a game.”

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35 Comments
  1. Eldave0
    andUandU
    Since: Aug 2008

    Still remember the first SimCity on my Win95 Packard Bell PC. That + Tomb Raider 2 = Great times

    Comment posted on 28/03/2012 at 14:19.
    • TheDemocrodile
      Member
      Since: May 2010

      i had the original on my AGA equipped Amiga :D

      Comment posted on 28/03/2012 at 14:46.
  2. KeRaSh
    Member
    Since: Nov 2009

    I understand the subtile global economy multiplayer aspect of the game but that should be totally optional. Here is just looks like Ubisoft kind of DRM in disguise…

    Comment posted on 28/03/2012 at 14:29.
    • TheDemocrodile
      Member
      Since: May 2010

      yep, thats pretty much what it is so im out, its funny really when you consider that Ubisofts DRM and “War on Piracy” cost it an 80% sales drop on the PC platform, youd have thought they would steer clear of such a disaster area.

      Comment posted on 28/03/2012 at 14:45.
    • Sympozium
      Member
      Since: Aug 2009

      Oh no, if Ubisoft thinks they’re doing fine with there DRM then leave them to rot.. what else have they done besides milking Assassins Creeds anyway.

      Comment posted on 28/03/2012 at 15:02.
      • Forrest_01
        Member
        Since: Jun 2009

        Driver is/was pretty fantastic & i think Rayman was Ubi too wasn’t it?

        Apart from that & titles from a couple of years back though, i am struggling.

        Comment posted on 28/03/2012 at 16:29.
      • KeRaSh
        Member
        Since: Nov 2009

        Ubisoft actually realized that their approach was a failure and as far as I know they want to change their strategy to releasing premium post release content to get people into buying and keeping their future titles instead of the constant internet connection thing.

        Yes, Rayman was made by Ubi and it’s amazing. They are very talented but their DRM policy is utterly stupid.

        Comment posted on 28/03/2012 at 18:12.
  3. Sympozium
    Member
    Since: Aug 2009

    Oh god its a good excuse to have a constant connection but it Should be optional.

    When the nets down or EA’s servers feature a premium loose bolt, Players are fecked and the Economy of Simcity is very near to a recession.

    I understand the importance but damn they better have a offline mode.

    Comment posted on 28/03/2012 at 14:58.
    • Severn2j
      Member
      Since: Aug 2008

      Also, EA have a history of shutting down servers after only a year or two of the games release.

      Comment posted on 31/03/2012 at 16:09.
  4. Nocure-fd
    Member
    Since: Mar 2010

    Well, I guess Diablo 3 and this are both on the “Do not buy” list then.

    Comment posted on 28/03/2012 at 15:14.
    • Sympozium
      Member
      Since: Aug 2009

      If only something was done…

      Comment posted on 28/03/2012 at 15:35.
  5. Kennykazey
    Member
    Since: Mar 2010

    I don’t mind, still want this game. I’m going to be playing it on a desktop with constant connection anyway. For those that are put off, there will probably be an unofficial tool to make it playable without a connection out quickly.

    Comment posted on 28/03/2012 at 15:46.
  6. hazelam
    Member
    Since: Feb 2009

    stupid, stupid, stupid ea.
    when will they learn?

    answer, probably never.

    Comment posted on 28/03/2012 at 15:59.
    • hazelam
      Member
      Since: Feb 2009

      but you know the sad thing, less people will complain about this than the ending of mass effect.

      criticise their creative decisions, but not invasive drm like this.

      but then, maybe the gamers are as much to blame as the publishers, if people stopped supporting this kind of crap they wouldn’t do it any more.

      Comment posted on 28/03/2012 at 16:03.
    • hazelam
      Member
      Since: Feb 2009

      and i wanted to make a comment about the lack of mod support, but i forgot. ^_^

      anyway.

      i can guess why there’s no mod support.
      why let users create content for free, when they can sell it to them.
      because we all know ea’s all about the dlc these days.

      look at battlefield 3, you can now buy all the unlocks in the game, you don’t even need to play the game any more

      Comment posted on 28/03/2012 at 16:10.
      • KeRaSh
        Member
        Since: Nov 2009

        There won’t be mod support when the game releases but it will follow. Skyrim didn’t have mod support right from the get go.

        Comment posted on 28/03/2012 at 18:15.
      • hazelam
        Member
        Since: Feb 2009

        yeah they say that, but ea say a lot of things.

        maybe they will, maybe they wont.
        not that it really matters, because with that always on thing, i’m never gonna be buying it.

        Comment posted on 28/03/2012 at 19:04.
      • yogdog
        Member
        Since: Feb 2010

        Plus Skyrim was from Bethesda, not EA.

        Comment posted on 28/03/2012 at 20:09.
      • KeRaSh
        Member
        Since: Nov 2009

        I know, I just said they did the same thing but nobody cried about that…

        Comment posted on 29/03/2012 at 07:05.
      • Sympozium
        Member
        Since: Aug 2009

        Yeah but EA’s been more controversial with DLC… so why not charge for mod support they will wonder?

        Comment posted on 29/03/2012 at 09:25.
  7. Burgess_101
    Member
    Since: May 2009

    Not to mention it will be on Origin. EA’s stupidity amazes me sometimes.

    Comment posted on 28/03/2012 at 16:09.
  8. colossalblue
    Team TSA: Editor
    Since: Forever

    ew, this is dodgy. The multiplayer is turn based, isn’t it? Sorry, we don’t use that term anymore… the multiplayer is asynchronous, isn’t it?
    Soooo… it’s just restrictive DRM then? Bullshit move, EA, and something that googling “Ubisoft DRM fail” should be enough to put you off trying.

    Comment posted on 28/03/2012 at 16:19.
    • Uhyve
      Member
      Since: Sep 2008

      I hope not, I’ve dreamed of playing SimCity over LAN with my friends, having to play over Origin, annoying but if it was good multiplayer, worth it. I mean, turn based multiplayer doesn’t even make any sense, it’s an RTS… real time is actually in the genre name.

      As I think about it more, it makes me more angry. I mean, I knew they wouldn’t have proper multiplayer, they’ve never managed it before but it’s required nowadays so they just tacked something on.

      Comment posted on 28/03/2012 at 19:32.
    • hazelam
      Member
      Since: Feb 2009

      i remember playing an asynchronous game once before.
      it had a graphite and carbon interface and turns were sent via a non digital land based communications network.

      what did they call then?

      oh yeah, i remember.

      play by mail. ^_^

      Comment posted on 28/03/2012 at 20:37.
      • Forrest_01
        Member
        Since: Jun 2009

        Play by mail becomes a lot harder to justify when stamps cost 60p though! :P

        Comment posted on 29/03/2012 at 09:24.
  9. The Lone Steven
    Never heard of him.
    Since: May 2010

    EA risk killing off Simcity pretty early without mod support as mods extend the life of a game. Morrowind is still getting mods to this very day. So why don’t they take a look at other games that have mod support and consider the pros of mods.

    I think most PC gamers hate the mandatory online connection drm. Plus, what if the net goes down and you want to play it untill it is sorted out? You can’t as god forbid you should enjoy yourself.

    At least, they haven’t annouced that you can unlock the entire game months before release.

    Comment posted on 28/03/2012 at 16:39.
    • KeRaSh
      Member
      Since: Nov 2009

      It says that mod support will follow after the release.

      Comment posted on 28/03/2012 at 18:17.
  10. yogdog
    Member
    Since: Feb 2010

    Was on my radar as Simcity games are a bit hit and miss with me, now it’s off it by a million miles…

    Comment posted on 28/03/2012 at 16:58.

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