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SimCity Will Require Permanent Connection To Origin

Jonathan Lester
EA, Maxis, SimCity

SimCity Will Require Permanent Connection To Origin

Despite being slated for multiple digital distribution outlets when it releases next year, SimCity will require a constant internet connection to Origin in order to function - regardless of where you buy it from. EA Maxis confirmed the controversial move to Joystiq, with lead designer Stone Librande arguing that a constant connection is necessary due to the game's persistent multiplayer and global economy. We understand the need to regulate each players' impact on the persistent online world, but many gamers will balk at being forced to use EA's online service. Plus, not being able to play offline could well be a right pain in the proverbial.

Mod support will definitely be on the cards in the long run, but sadly, Maxis has confirmed that it won't be available at launch. Again, this will have much to do with the fact that all players are connected to the same virtual world, and mods could potentially unbalance the experience if implemented improperly.

Still, don't let that get you down. We'll always have Truckasaurus...

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hurrakan  Mar. 28, 2012 at 16:27

I suddenly lost all interest.

Zeipher  Mar. 28, 2012 at 16:43

I suddenly lost all interest.

Same here. Online only just seems to encourage people to pirate the game in my opinion.

Meiser  Mar. 28, 2012 at 16:49

Very disappointed to read that article.

I like to play SIMCity, and it shouldn't matter whether I have an internet connection or not. There are still many gamers out therer that do not have a constant connection and the fact that it is mandatory has put me off buying it.

Will I ever buy it? Probably; either when E.A. turns the servers off after about 15 months ;-) or when it goes to white lable. I didn't get SIMCity 4 unil a number of years after its initial release, so waiting doesn't bother me...

Quietus  Mar. 28, 2012 at 16:50

I suddenly lost all interest.
Ditto. =(

hurrakan  Mar. 28, 2012 at 17:03

Ah well - I recently bought "Sim City 2000 Special Edition" from gog.com for $3. The original and best!

rudger  Mar. 28, 2012 at 17:45

I was looking forward to this being released now I hope people will boycot the product until EA/Maxis realise that not every gamer has a Permanent internet connection and stop using the mentality that no internet conection = Piracy.

It also operates as an easy way to stop people playing a game and force you to buy SIMCity 2013. and each subsequent update, EA just turn the servers off, as they have done with other older games.

On April 13th They switch off the following games

BOOM BLOX Bash Party for Wii
Burnout™ Revenge for Xbox 360
EA Create for Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, Wii and Xbox 360
EA Sports Active 2.0 for PlayStation 3, Wii and Xbox 360
EA Sports Active NFL Training Camp for Wii
FIFA 10 for PlayStation Portable and Wii
The Godfather™ II for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360
MMA for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360
Need for Speed™ ProStreet for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360
The Saboteur™ (loss of The Midnight Club access) for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360
Spare Parts for PlayStation 3 Xbox 360

I like Hurrakan have and still play SIMCity 2000 which if EA had its way would now no longer work.

basically what im trying to say is if I bought a game then I want to play it on my terms and when I want to play it... even if that is 28th March 2032

Anarchist  Mar. 28, 2012 at 18:26

I take my laptop with sim city with me when I'm working away, and play it in evenings when I'm sat in my hotel room.

Not buying this one, then.

LooseGoose  Mar. 28, 2012 at 19:00

Reading the title of this article alone I find I have suddenly expended my previous great interest in Sim City 5.

Oh well, It's a good job I still enjoy Sim City 4.

imdurc  Mar. 28, 2012 at 21:21

Why does no-one follow Gog's example of no DRM? Once more, DRM paves the way for piracy rather than actually preventing anything! This is playing straight into the hands of piracy.

Doors  Mar. 28, 2012 at 21:41

I take my laptop with sim city with me when I'm working away, and play it in evenings when I'm sat in my hotel room.

Not buying this one, then.

This is exactly my thoughts. Games like this are made for long lonely train journeys and nights away when bored. Being forced to play online has ruined all appeal for me

Last edited by Doors, Mar. 28, 2012 at 21:41
socialjeebus  Mar. 29, 2012 at 04:08

Idiotic decision that'll no doubt be used to justify piracy (it's harder to have sympathy too - especially for EA).

I for one, won't buy it until a crack is released.

And to think I was already skeptical because of the **** that was Sim City Societies.

newsdude  Mar. 29, 2012 at 05:29

Ouch. Just read a post on Mashable and got all excited. Beyond excited. Then followed the link to this article and -- like everybody else -- lost all interest.

I get wanting to integrate with the bigger world (even though I have absolutely no need to do so; I'm perfectly capable of playing a game by myself).

And I even get wanting to combat piracy. But this doesn't do that. It, in fact, does the opposite. Instead of happily paying and pre-ordering this game and waiting by the mailbox on launch day, I'll just wait until the hackers and crackers patch it so I can play when, where and how I want. Even -- gasp -- by myself.

octium  Mar. 29, 2012 at 06:44

That is completely disgusting, and I can't believe a company wants so much control over a product. I do buy games, and often, and now they'll punish everyone for the misdeeds of the few.

I will only pirate this, and as socialjeebus said, use this as the excuse. It will be my way of protesting, and keeping money that they'd otherwise have if they didn't treat me like a criminal.

hucklebur  Apr. 8, 2012 at 05:26

Oh, come on. Who always has access to the internet? I'd put money on subscriptions being implemented.


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