When EA launched its online-only, always-connected SimCity game earlier this year, they insisted that the game just wouldn't work without the ability to let the cloud have access to all the game's data and computations. But if that's the case, then why is EA asking people about the possibility of an offline SimCity game?
Not that we think it is a bad idea to offer offline play; we just wish they hadn't insisted that it was impossible. EA may add offline play and other features to SimCity as part of a future update for its world-building series, according to a customer survey that has surfaced on Reddit.
The survey solicits player feedback on potential upcoming features including farms, faster rebuilding after disasters, over and underpass roads, bigger cities, terraforming, cooperative city building with friends, and Classic mode. Classic Mode is described as allowing players to, "In offline or online mode, play a single, fully functioning city using cheats and unlocks that allow you to create your perfect city."
Likely EA will find that everyone wants Classic Mode to be a reality – probably above any other features mentioned on the aforementioned list…