We look forward to getting Offline for SimCity into your hands as soon as possible.
-Patrick Buechner, General Manager of the Maxis Emeryville studio, in an official blog post
After all of the protestations that SimCity really needed to be an always online experience, which helped feed unrest as part of the disaster that marked the game’s launch, EA has finally seen the light as to what made past SimCity games enduring classics. Beuchner goes on in his blog post about the offline mode to describe pretty much a baseline of expectations fans of past SimCity games might have reasonably expected to find in the game at launch. Soon to be available, just a year late.
Of course, not everybody is happy and there are still plenty of problems to be fixed in the game, like city sizes and performance.
But with offline mode I might consider the game… if only it were free of the Origin
malware content delivery system required to purchase and play it. Always another hurdle with EA.