After over a year of the game being out, Maxis has finally released the update that will allow players to play SimCity in offline mode.
Due to the chagrin of everyone ever, given the rather disastrous launch, SimCity has until now been subject to online DRM where you had to be online to be able to play the game.
During the horrible launch, many people found themselves unable to play the game they paid $39.99 for. At the time, the general manager Lucy Bradshaw claimed that an offline mode “was just not possible”.
This has obviously been proven false, as even though it took them over a year, Maxis have managed to make the game playable offline. The patch has already begun rolling out, and the deployment may cause some server issues.
Naturally, we also have some patch notes which you can find below.
SimCity Single-Player Mode:
- Enables Offline Play.
- Single-Player Mode includes multi-city play, regional interdependence, and city specialization. Regions are saved locally and there is no limit on number of save games.
- Autosave can be disabled in Single-Player Mode in order for players to experiment and load their regions at a previous save point.
- Save As a copy feature. Players can make copies of their regions at multiple save points.
- Optimizations in the simulator to improve performance of both Multiplayer and Single-Player Mode.
- Friends Search now uses the Origin friend search.