TechHive: SimCity offline mode no longer impossible, coming soon

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Jan 13th 2014, 18:00, by Jared Newman

An offline mode for SimCity is coming, according to Patrick Beuchner, general manager at developer Maxis. Beuchner didn't provide an exact timeframe, but wrote in a blog post that the mode will be a free download in Update 10. Maxis has been releasing updates roughly once per month, and Update 9 went out in December, so offline mode presumably will arrive soon.

"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," Beuchner wrote.

Players can still play in Regions, where they'll feel the effects of other players' neighboring cities, and they can still work together in Multiplayer. But the new Single Player mode will be a throwback to the classic SimCity games, where urban design happened in complete isolation. All files will be saved locally, and the mode won't require an Internet connection.

Beuchner also noted that the Single Player mode will benefit modders, as they'll no longer have to worry about compromising the integrity of the online game.

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