Yesterday we reported that SimCity would require a constant internet connection to play the game. Many of you weren’t happy with this idea.
Now EA has confirmed to GameSpy that you won’t need a constant internet connection to the EA servers to play. However, you will still have to register an Origin account and be logged in to start SimCity. If the connection drops after signing in, the game will not pause or close.
So, the facts are that you will not be able to access SimCity without an Origin account & an internet connection. When you do start playing you cannot be kicked from the game for loss of connection.