Games publisher Electronic Arts announced yesterday that their city building video game SimCity will be receiving an update that will allow gamers to play the title offline. The game has been plagued with issues since launch and the offline mode is a welcome development for players.
“Yes, Offline is coming as a free download with Update 10 to all SimCity players. When we launch it, all of your previously downloaded content will be available to you anytime, anywhere, without the need for an internet connection,” announced General Manager of the Maxis Emeryville studio Patrick Buechner.
The offline patch isn’t quiet ready yet-
“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.”
No date has been announced yet for its release.
Buechner explained what the update entails. “In Update 10, you can still play solo in Regions on your own, or in Multiplayer with people from around the world. What’s new is the Single Player Mode, which allows you to play the game Offline by yourself. And because your saved games in this mode are stored locally, you can save and load to your heart’s content.”
Charlie Fripp – Consumer Tech editor