Ten months after EA released its always-connected online-only SimCity game, the company has decided that it would finally make it so that players could build their own virtual metropolises offline. According to a post on SimCity's official development blog, the game will be playable offline next month after a major update.
"When we launch [SimCity's offline mode], all of your previously downloaded content will be available to you anytime, anywhere, without the need for an internet connection," wrote Maxis general manager Patrick Buechner on the SimCity blog.
Buechner said that the update is in the testing phase at this point in time, but will release more information on how it works prior to its release.
"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."
"All of the benefits of being connected will remain including access to Multiplayer, the Global Market and Leaderboards. And all of your pre-existing saved cities and regions will still be accessible should you log-in to the Online game."