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First Look at the New SimCity, Coming February 2013

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EA plans to release the next version of SimCity -- the classic city-building game -- on the Mac simultaneously with the PC release this February. Mac users will be able to connect to the new multiplayer component in SimCity and appears to be feature-complete with the PC-version.

Development of the game has moved along far enough that EA feels comfortable showing off some gameplay videos, including this first look at the early stages of building a small town and a quick glimpse of the new day/night feature.


SimCity is expected to be released in February of 2013. EA has yet to announce pricing or system requirements.

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24 months ago
I'm looking forward this! I really miss playing this game and even considered BootCamping Windows again and buying one of the older versions. I'm glad I wont have to now.
SimCity has always been one of my top favorite games.
Rating: 11 Votes
24 months ago
I just hope they don't make it "freemium" and charge you for every decent building.
Rating: 10 Votes
24 months ago

While this is by far my favorite game series ever and I was very excited to hear the news earlier this year, I do have some concerns about the new version. You can read the forums on the EA site for more details, but it sounds like the game will require an internet connection to play (meaning EA can pull the servers in a couple years and the game won't work), and some aspects will rely on other players.

I'm taking an optimistic yet hesitant stance until we see more.


Ah drm.. funny thing is it will likely not affect pirated copies as they will probably run it connected to a pretend-server installed on the machine itself. Only smacking the paying customers in their faces as usual..
Rating: 9 Votes
24 months ago
Sadly, I'm not getting my hopes up. It is EA, after all.

* Looks like this will be enforced multi-player. No single-player option.

* City sizes are apparently fairly small, maybe a half of what previous versions have been.

* Probable dumbed-down player controls

Sigh.

It does *look* fantastic, actually quite close to what I'd been hoping to see... 10 years ago.

Hey, if it beats my low expectations, I'll spring for it. But recent history doesn't give me much hope.
Rating: 9 Votes
24 months ago
I seem to recall it having always-on DRM. No thanks, I think I'll pass. :(
Rating: 8 Votes
24 months ago
Will this version have a cheat mode? That's the only way I can play.
Rating: 8 Votes
24 months ago
EA: Monetize Everything
Rating: 7 Votes
24 months ago
Sim City, for me, it's one of those games that you can sink 100's of hours into, but never actually enjoy :p
Rating: 7 Votes
24 months ago
While this is by far my favorite game series ever and I was very excited to hear the news earlier this year, I do have some concerns about the new version. You can read the forums on the EA site for more details, but it sounds like the game will require an internet connection to play (meaning EA can pull the servers in a couple years and the game won't work), and some aspects will rely on other players.

I'm taking an optimistic yet hesitant stance until we see more.
Rating: 6 Votes
24 months ago
Buildings must be on roads (for power/water/etc)? There goes the idea of a car-free city with bike lanes and monorails everywhere :(
Rating: 5 Votes

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