With SimCity being plagued with online issues since its launch, Maxis has revealed that the game will finally be getting an offline mode very soon.
SimCity of course was built to be an always-connected game but gamers have experienced crashes and the inability to connect to their virtual worlds, which has finally prompted an offline mode that will be a free download with Update 10.
“When we launch it, all of your previously downloaded content will be available to you anytime, anywhere, without the need for an internet connection. We are in the late phases of wrapping up its development and while we want to get it into your hands as soon as possible, our priority is to make sure that it’s as polished as possible before we release it. So, until then… testing, testing and more testing. As one of the final steps, we’re putting Offline into the hands of some of our most hardcore players, the DevTesters. This group of volunteers is going to put Offline through its paces before we release it,” said Patrick Buechner, GM of Maxis Studios in Emeryville, Calif.
In Update 10, Regions that are owned, can be played both offline and in multiplayer, and since saved games are stored locally, you can save and load without difficult.
“So what does this mean for the Online game? 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,” added Buechner.
With the game getting the offline mode, this should be useful for modders, who can now do whatever they please without affecting the online component of the game.