Recently, I’ve been able to play SimCity trouble free, which is great. They’ve even added a new Antarctica server too. For, you know, the research scientists working on the frozen continent (Or as a joke server since there’s no region lock).
Anyway, Maxis General Manager Lucy Bradshaw took to Twitter this past weekend and answered several questions. As you’d expect, one of them was about EA’s intention to turn off the game’s servers, therefore rendering SimCity completely unplayable.
Their response is as follows:
“We have no intention of offlining SimCity any time soon but we’ll look into that as part of our earning back your trust efforts.”
Yes, that sounds a lot like generic PR talk. Maxis is also, apparently, looking for ways to play the single player campaign without an internet connection. Though, I wouldn’t be shocked if nothing came out of that. Bradshaw mentioned that offline play wouldn’t be possible “without a significant amount of engineering work by our team.” Personally, I’d rather have them stabilize the servers and keep them running for a long, long time while simultaneously working on new content.
The troubled launch for a great game appears to have an end in sight. Though, the persistent internet connection and a complete lack of offline mode will surely scare likely purchasers away. Still, pitchforks and torches are slowly being put away. Good vibes and good times are being put forth by some members of the SimCity community. Here’s to hoping they can continue to spread.