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access_time July 24, 2013 at 3:15 PM in News by Peter Whitehead

EA: SimCity launch debacle inspired The Sims 4 to be playable offline


It seems as though EA are keen to learn from their mistakes as they have announced that the decision to make The Sims 4 playable offline followed the debacle that was SimCity‘s launch.

EA executive Frank Gibeau was talking to VentureBeat and also discussed the ignominy of EA being voted as the the Worst Company in America for the second consecutive year. He said, “In the last few months, we have started making changes to the business practices that gamers clearly don’t like.”

He then went on to explain how the company is trying to change, “In the spring, we dropped our online pass program for consoles – both next-generation and current-generation. We listened to the feedback onSimCity and decided that The Sims 4 would be built as a single-player, offline experience. We announced some new intellectual properties at E3 and will unveil more new games in the months ahead.”

Though the number of players on SimCity seems to be holding steady, the disastrous launch will live long in the memory. We can only hope that Gibeau really is trying to turn EA around. In the meantime, the first gameplay of The Sims 4 will be shown off at Gamescom in August.

Via Gameranx.


  • Sims4 August 10, 2013 at 5:35 AM

    EA made a good decision to develop Sims 4 as an offline game. This will make the game more accessible as well as prevent the online connectivity glitches that were experienced with the SimCity launch. However, Electronic Arts shoud consider releasing both offline and online versions of their video games in future.

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