SimCity didn’t have the best start in life. The need for the game to be online and use EA’s servers in order to combat piracy caused the launch to fail, really badly. Players were unable to access their games for days and some of the lucky few who managed to get onto the game, their game saves ended up getting deleted. The drama behind the launch is way behind EA with their sights set firmly on their next blockbuster games, but Maxis may be looking at ways to bring SimCity offline.
According to a post on the companies blog, Maxis have a small team looking into bringing SimCity to those without an internet connection and to those who are anti DRM. The blog post written by the General Manager of the Maxis Emeryville studio, Patrick Buechner, reads:
“Right now we have a team specifically focused on exploring the possibility of an offline mode. I can’t make any promises on when we will have more information, but we know this is something that many of our players have been asking for. While the server connectivity issues are behind us, we would like to give our players the ability to play even if they choose not to connect. An offline mode would have the additional benefit of providing room to the modding community to experiment without interfering or breaking the multiplayer experience.”
It’s been seven months since SimCity launched and though the server issues are behind the company they’re still working on improving the game. Since the launch seven major updates have been released as well as a few DLC items, some of which have been available for free.
Obviously Maxis are “exploring the possibility” which means that it might never happen, but at least they tried. More on this as it develops.