SimCity’s launch will forever go down as one of the biggest fails in gaming history. The servers were down for days, no mod support and a forced always-online mode gave gamers great contempt for the game, Maxis and EA. Since the disastrous release Maxis has been focused on improving the game.
Maxis, in a blog post, has confirmed that Mod Support is now available for the game. Players can fiddle around with the game as much as they want and add in their own content. The list of restrictions is pretty standard fare. Players can’t fiddle with the multiplayer or tamper with the gameplay nor can they use copyrighted material.
However, probably the most in-demand feature is an offline mode. Well Maxis has confirmed in a separate blog post that players will get their wish. Offline is returning to SimCity in Update 10.
“Offline is coming as a free download with Update 10 to all SimCity players,” writes general manager Patrick Buechner. “When we launch it, all of your previously downloaded content will be available to you anytime, anywhere, without the need for an internet connection. We are in the late phases of wrapping up its development and while we want to get it into your hands as soon as possible, our priority is to make sure that it’s as polished as possible before we release it. So, until then… testing, testing and more testing.
“In Update 10, you can still play solo in Regions on your own, or in Multiplayer with people from around the world. What’s new is the Single Player Mode, which allows you to play the game Offline by yourself. And because your saved games in this mode are stored locally, you can save and load to your heart’s content. Our team will be delivering a follow-up blog that will outline the full details in the near future so stay tuned.”
SimCity is available now for PC and Mac OS X.