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SimCity will not require always-on connection, no mod support at launch

Wednesday, 28 March 2012 13:29 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

EA Maxis has confirmed to SimCity will be sold on digital distribution platforms other than Origin, but the game will still require players log on to EA’s service to register the game. It has also said there won’t be mod support for the game, at least at launch.

Earlier today, Joystiq and other outlets which attended previews of the title during  GDC, were reporting EA said the game would require an “always-on connection” to Origin in order to not only play the game’s multiplayer, but because of player impact on the game’s global economy.

EA has since clarified to GameSpy Origin was only required in ordee to “start playing the game,” even if it wasn’t the service players purchased it from. Players will also not be kicked out of the game should they lose internet service.

Lead designer Stone Librande said announcements regarding which digital services it would be sold on would be revealed at a later date.

EA Maxis also said while the game wouldn’t launch with mod support, the potential for said support was still a probability later on down the line.

“Right now we’ve got our work cut out for us to build the product up to the quality level it deserves as a SimCity,” said creative director Ocean Quigley. “Then after we ship, we’ll make decisions about how we can and when exactly we’ll support mods.

“The reason people are still playing SimCity 4 almost ten years later is because the modding community essentially re-created it and filled it with new content and fixed bugs and made it as much of a hobby as it is a game. We’re very cognizant of that — we’re not idiots.”

Previews for the game went live today, and you can a list of sites with eyes-on time through our handy dandy round up.

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33 Comments

  1. drewbles82

    that always puts me off buying the game. stupid idea. Some people when they net goes down, like to actually load a game up while they wait, or go away for the weekend etc.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. DSB

    I had a feeling that EA would keep me from buying this. Didn’t take long.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. GrimRita

    @2 – totally agree. No sale.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Zana

    The most annoyed people are the ones who choose to buy the game.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. DSB

    I’m sure that’s largely true, but none of the games that EA are using as Origin-bait are really that interesting.

    I don’t need Mass Effect 2.5, STWoW or a Sim City reboot aimed at the cityville crowd.

    BF3 and The Saboteur are the only two games I own on Origin. The Saboteur was 5 bucks, and I had a great excuse to buy BF3. Someone threatened to buy it for me if I didn’t, and I couldn’t have that ;)

    #5 3 years ago
  6. diego-rbb-93

    Somewhere… Inside you… Beyond heart… Beyond mind… Beyond your soul… Some kind of divine force… Its nervous… Its strange… Its furious… And keeps screaming something he wants EA to know… I don´t know exactly but I can feel it… Its the gamer beyond the beyond… And he screaming… What is he screaming!!!??? Let me hear… “F*CK YOU!!!”.

    Well, that one was clear. Sorry guys, no deal. Sim City 4 still instaled here, really happy with it.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. Yoshi

    TO PIRATE BAY!

    #7 3 years ago
  8. HauntaVirus

    Count me out then.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. lama

    not buying either! im tired of all this online social cr..

    #9 3 years ago
  10. Fin

    @7

    Pirating makes the situation worse. The more people pirate, the more draconian DRM becomes.
    If you don’t like a DRM system, don’t buy or play the game. Don’t pirate.

    #10 3 years ago
  11. DSB

    @10 Based on what? It shouldn’t inspire a publisher to make games that are worth even less.

    I think the worse piracy gets, the more justified executives feel in being ignorant assholes selling ineffective solutions to their investors, and moving their products further away from their intended audience, but fundamentally it’s not a smart decision, it just means more pirates.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. Yoshi

    As the good ol’ Gabe Newell said, if you make a game worth playing and enjoyable to be able to get onto the game then you don’t need to worry about piracy so much as people will want to buy it instead of pirate it.

    #12 3 years ago
  13. GrimRita

    I dont mind having to use an ‘always on’ internet connection to play…but the words Origin and EA send shivers down my spine. Who knows what kind of data they will be harvesting when your connection to origin is still on and you’re busy surfing the web.

    #13 3 years ago
  14. Fin

    @11

    ?

    You just reiterated my point – the worse piracy gets, the worse the product becomes.

    @12

    That’s no justification to pirate.

    #14 3 years ago
  15. nielsthomas1

    Well, guess what I won’t be buying…
    Always-on? With my Internet shutting down every hour for no reason, that would be just great.
    And Origin, *shudder*, I only use that for Battlefield 3. And Mass Effect 3 because EA was nice enough to give me that for free. But I will never use that service for anything else.

    “We’re not idiots.”
    Yes you are.

    @12 Don’t pirate, ever. Either boycott the game or buy it. Piracy will only make things worse.

    #15 3 years ago
  16. Kabby

    Good ol’ Gabe Newell is also the King of DRM.

    #16 3 years ago
  17. OwnedWhenStoned

    I’m buying it anyway. It seems to be that as I get older, I give less and less of a crap about various DRM / Digital Distribution

    #17 3 years ago
  18. deathgaze

    Heh, I love articles like these. It basically screams “Here’s some EA flame bait.”

    Look, I can understand if you’re some sort of anti-establishment type that Origin looks like the coming of the Anti-Christ. But it’s not really that bad. It works pretty much the same as Steam and it tends to stay out of the way and do it’s job. In that way, in particular, it seems to do a better job than Steam.

    All this EA hate makes absolutely no sense. Heaven forbid you give money to an evil corporation like EA. You already give your money to plenty of other evil corporations. What’s one more going to hurt? What exactly are you protesting by not buying games on Origin? Do you only reinforce monopolies that you happen to like (ala Steam)? It boggles my mind.

    #18 3 years ago
  19. The_Red

    The last big Maxis game was Spore and it was killed because of supposed protective measures.
    Looks like their new title is on the same path of self destruction. Note to EA: F*** you. For limited installations, for always online mandate and for everything else.

    #19 3 years ago
  20. The_Red

    Also, once again Pirates get the better experience: They don’t have to worry about internet connection OR Origin while legit customers can’t even play the game if they lose their connection.

    #20 3 years ago
  21. m2stech

    So is this game like a MMO now, no more single player?

    #21 3 years ago
  22. silkvg247

    I think pirating DRM ridden filth and buying non DRM games is a good way to beat these kinds of demons.

    #22 3 years ago
  23. DSB

    @14 Maybe for some. What I actually wanted to say was that the problem is far more complex than that. If you see piracy as a reason to punish your paying customers, all you’re doing is digging a deeper hole for yourself and your business.

    Smart business people understand that, the stupid ones don’t.

    DRM has no effect except for devalueing the product you give to your customers. Disappointing your customers is a terrible way to run a business, and even if you manage to grow in spite of that, it won’t be at the rate of more progressive businesses.

    I’d use Ubisoft as an example. They follow your logic. The worse piracy is percieved to be, the harder they are on their paying customers. The result has been a 60% decrease in their business, and a veritable pounding from business analysts. With the PC revenue of EA being their most profitable on any platform, and Activision growing their PC business 200% in the same time period, I think it’s easy to see that Ubisoft are slowly committing harikiri over pirates who aren’t threatening anyone else.

    Piracy isn’t a force for good in the world, and it shouldn’t be celebrated, but quite obviously, a lot of executives don’t have the best of their businesses at heart. Instead of facing the problem and earning for their businesses, they’re wasting it on DRM that does nothing but lead to a slump in sales. They’re spending more, to lose more.

    The progressive executives who advocate interfacing with their customers and providing better products are rolling in money. I don’t think we should celebrate or feel sorry for businessmen who excel at hurting their businesses.

    No matter how wrong piracy is, they’re still morons who deserve every hit they take.

    #23 3 years ago
  24. Dinasis

    I’m glad to see so many people saying not to pirate games. If developers or publishers are going to treat us as likely criminals, the only way we can prove ourselves better customers than they consider us is to buy games with problem DRM and tell them that we don’t like it. Since that alone won’t work, and because they can hire companies to get an idea of how many illegal copies are floating around the torrent networks, the best course for us to take as consumers is to skip those titles entirely (possibly while telling them why we aren’t buying).

    Also, all this hatred, rage, and destructive negativity doesn’t really help. It’s sort of like expecting to get your problems solved if all you do is yell when you call tech support. See Cracked.com (number 3, in particular) for funnier explanations.

    Also, #16, #18, and #11/#23 speak truth.

    #24 3 years ago
  25. JB

    So Fin are you ready to back up your “catchy phrases” with some evidence ?

    Perhaps some independent research data, or something like it ?

    #25 3 years ago
  26. G1GAHURTZ

    Get lost EA!

    You just lost another customer.

    #26 3 years ago
  27. GrimRita

    @18
    There is no way on gods earth EAs shitty Origin is better than Steam. The latter offers more in terms of games, does more in terms of community and has supported the PC platform when EA decided to reduce its out put on the format, apart from the ‘ported’ BC2.

    EA only have Origin so they can charge full price,and take 100% slice of the pie.

    #27 3 years ago
  28. VancouverBlade

    Where the hell do they get staff with those names from? Stone Librande and Ocean Quigley… sounds like Sims names already.

    #28 3 years ago
  29. TheWulf

    That’s worrying.

    No mods at launch goes against what they told us originally. :|

    #29 3 years ago
  30. deathgaze

    @27 Sounds like a compelling argument… except it isn’t true. I got BFBC2 for ***FIVE*** dollars. I got Crysis 2 and Bulletstorm for SEVEN dollars EACH. EA is plenty generous on their own platform, it turns out.

    Besides, this isn’t a Sony vs. Microsoft type argument. It’s the PC: We can have our cake and eat it too. An Origin account is free, same as a Steam account. If you don’t want access to more awesome game deals, it’s your call. More cheap games for me. :D

    #30 3 years ago
  31. deathgaze

    @29 Uhhh, nothing in the announcement pertained to mods in the slightest. Not sure where you’re getting your info.

    #31 3 years ago
  32. GrimRita

    @30 yeah BC2 for 5 dollars – how old is that game? I guess we could look at other ‘deals’ where the games are the same or cost more than they would if bought in store.

    £55 for Mass Effect 3 (deluxe)and £40 for BF3 are real bargains..NOT and even look at Sim city – £65!!! WTF SIXTY FIVE POUNDS for a DE version and £45 for normal – I call it taking the piss.

    #32 3 years ago
  33. Stephany Nunneley

    Right. EA has since clarified you will only need to be online when paying multiplayer and in order to “in order to start playing.” You will also not be kicked out “if your connection is interrupted.”

    #33 3 years ago

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  • Competitive matchmaking support is coming to Team Fortress 2

    Team Fortress 2 will soon feature support for competitive matchmaking, which Valve says is a “high priority” project for it at the moment. According to a report from TeamFortress.tv, which visited Valve headquarters recently, Valve is looking into the possibility of 6v6 or 9v9 matches 9v9, a possible quick play option and it is also […]

  • GTA 5 PC patch fixes garage, Job crashes – full notes here

    Rockstar has pushed out a 353 MB patch for GTA 5 on PC The patch fixes a number of annoying bugs related to vehicles and garages, some deathmatch issues and purchase errors. It should also fix various freezing and crashing bugs, as well as a little issue with Steam. Time will tell if the patch […]

  • Fire Emblem If will come in White Kingdom and Black Kingdom versions with amiibo support

    We’ve finally got some juicy details on the next Fire Emblem game, but the most interesting aspect is that there will be two versions of the game. According to Siliconera, who translated an interview between Intelligent Systems and 4Gamer, there will a White Kingdom and a Black Kingdom version that offer different aspects of the […]

  • Deception 4: The Nightmare Princess heads west with “Golden Toilet” pre-order bonus

    Deception 4: The Nightmare Princess will debut on western PlayStation 4 systems this summer, Koei Tecmo has announced. It is also coming to PS3 and Vita. The game was produced by Keisuke Kikuchi of Fatal Frame fame and takes up where Deception 4: Blood Ties left off allowing players to relive Laegrinna’s pursuit to free […]

  • Nintendo US eShop update: Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario demo, Paper Mario, more

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with a demo of Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Bros. Edition, Paper Mario on Virtual Console, and amiibo Tap. The full update is below. eShop update amiibo Tap – free – Wii U Star Wars Pinball DLC – Wii U Paper Mario – Wii U […]

  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided PC port handed off to Nixxes

    The PC port of the new Deus Ex has been handed over to Netherlands based studio, Nixxes software. After the initial reveal trailer at the beginning of April, we’ve only had a few morsels in the way of additional news. The most intriguing tidbit to date has got to be the fact that you’ll be […]

  • First-ever PC Gaming Show to take place at E3 2015 in June

    PC gaming will finally have its very own E3 press conference this year, thanks to PC Gamer and AMD. The PC Gaming Show will take place on June 16 at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles and it will be livestreamed on Twitch. PC Gamer said speakers at the presentation will include representatives from Blizzard, […]

  • Majora’s Mask light available now on Club Nintendo for 6000 stars

    Club Nintendo shuts up shop on September 30 and members are being encouraged to spend accumulated stars before then. And what better to spend them on, than this adorable Majora’s Mask light? If you’re a member based in Europe you can nab it for 6000 stars. If you’re in Australia or New Zealand, it’ll only […]

  • Unity support announced for HoloLens, will work with Windows universal apps

    Microsoft is partnering with game engine developers Unity in order to make HoloLens compatible with apps and games which use the cross-platform engine. The partnership was announced yesterday during its Build Developer Conference. Universal apps for Windows 10 systems will also be available on Xbox One later this year, suggesting possible HoloLens functionality with the […]

  • Splatoon Nintendo Direct airs Thursday, May 7

    A Nintendo Direct focused on Splatoon, the Wii U multiplayer title, on May 7. It will kick off at 7am PDT/10am EDT/3pm UK and it can be watched via the Nintendo Direct website. You can also have a look at the game through Nintendo’s Twitch channel. The last game-specific presentation took place last week and […]

  • GTA 5 PC: clean up the streets as a member of the San Andreas PD with this new mod

    Remember the awesome mods for GTA 4 and San Andreas that let you run amok online as a member of the po-po? Well, dust off your taser and load up your gun, because it’s coming to GTA 5. The new mod for GTA 5 is currently in alpha and can be downloaded at palmbeachgames.com. You […]

  • Indie shoot ‘em up Project Root comes to Xbox One, PS4 and PSVita

    Project Root is a self-proclaimed rejig of the shoot ‘em up genre that was released on PC last year, and it’s finally coming to consoles. Combining free-roaming elements with the usual business of shooting things, Project Root was released this week for Xbox One, PS4 and the PSVita.

  • You can now bet on eSports online, starting with League of Legends

    If you’re getting bored with sticking a pony on the races, you can expand your gambling horizons at Unikrn where you can watch esports streams and get a little action on the side. The new platform was set up by Rahul Sood – previously the general manager of Microsoft Ventures. At the moment, customers are […]

  • Has Watch Dogs 2 been leaked?

    Ubisoft employee, Julien Risse, may have inadvertently confirmed Watch Dogs 2, thanks to his online CV over at LinkedIn. Videogamer.com spotted the slip up, in which Risse lists Watch Dogs, the DLC Bad Blood, and Watch Dogs 2 on his profile. Creative Director Jonathan Morin has already talked about his ideas for improvements for the […]

  • GTA 5′s Trevor makes his Jackass debut, complete with leopard-print knickers

    YouTuber Abstract Mode has shared his vision of what Trevor Philips’ life might have been like, had he not been completely batshit crazy. Watch Trevor get mauled, run over, and hit by a train, before taking a majestic swan-dive into someone else’s pool at the climax. Thanks, Kotaku.

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 season pass will cost you £35

    Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 isn’t released until November 6, but you can already hand over your cash for the Season Pass. The Season Pass is available for pre-purchase on Steam for £34.99, and will cover four DLC packs – although the details we have on the content are limited to ‘exciting’ at this […]

  • GTA Online’s cheating assholes are no match for this player’s vengeance

    Think you’re smart for using invisibility and infinite ammo glitches? You need to be taught a lesson, sucker. You can have all the hacks you want but if your GTA Online game is weak, you’ll still get your ass handed to you. As this fool discovered when attempting to hassle another player. There’s a fair […]

  • PS4 sales help Sony’s games division swing to profit

    Sony’s PlayStation business has made an operating profit of 48.1 billion yen ($404m / £261.5m) in the past 12 months. That’s thanks to stellar sales of the PlayStation 4 and PS Plus, even as sales of the PS3 have stalled and the company wrote off costs for the PSTV and PS Vita. The profit puts […]

  • New patch for Dirt Rally gives co-driver’s attitude a tune-up

    Dirt Rally gets a new patch three days after release on Steam. On Monday, we reported that the newest Dirt game has popped up on Steam’s Early Access and is available to pick up for £24.99, as well as giving you an eyeful of tasty screenshots. The patch – released yesterday – fixes some issues […]

  • New The Witcher 3 screenshots show combat, exploration and general carousing

    New screenshots released on the official facebook page for The Witcher 3 show Geralt annihilating a winged beast, out and about in the world exploring, and living the life of Reily amidst a bustling feast. We were already treated to some glorious screenshots a few days ago, but these new ones are in-game and give […]

  • Destiny: 14 things you might have missed during House of Wolves intel drops

    Destiny: House of Wolves does a great deal more than just slap some new content on the existing game structure. House of Wolves changes Destiny in a lot of interesting and very welcome ways. Bungie showed off many of these changes in its livestream, and let both me and Arekkz come and have a look […]

  • Scratch that cyberpunk itch with Technobabylon on May 21 – new trailer

    Technobabylon more like Wrecked-yo-babbling with my smooth flow about how good Wadjet Eye games are. I don’t know y’all, it’s clock off time and everything feels like a reach. Wadjet Eye makes pretty good adventure games – award winning, in fact. The latest project to spring forth from the benevolent, sheltering hand of the label […]

  • Skullgirls 2nd Encore brings exclusive new features to PS4, Vita in northern summer

    Skullgirls, the little indie fighter that could, is getting another crack at it. Skullgirls 2nd Encore is the second re-release of the one-time troubled 2D versus fighter from lab Zero Games. Having survived the shut down of its developer and collapse of its publishing contrast, Skullgirls re-emerged as Skullgirls: Encore, adding in a ton of […]

  • Danganronpa series generates “impressive” sales for Vita exclusive

    Danganronpa is selling quite nicely, thank you, says NIS America. Danganronpa is a series of murder mystery visual novel puzzlers in a similar vein to games like 999. Two of these have been released for Vita in the west – Trigger Happy Havoc and Goodbye Despair. Speaking to MCV, NIS America CEO and president Takuro […]

  • I have no idea what is going on in J-Stars Victory VS+ but I kind of like it

    In this J-Stars Victory VS+ trailer, we see – uhh. Well. We certainly see some things. Look y’all, I was a massive weaboo in high school, but that was back in the dark ages when we had to take out Manga Entertainment VHS tapes from dingy little specialist rental joints that were literally underground, and […]

  • Please just watch this terrific trailer for Toren

    Toren is the kind of game I dream about when I drift off to sleep at night. This indie puzzle adventure strikes a spark in my little soul in the same way as Ico and Tequila Works’ Rime do. Mysterious, almost ethereal fantasy setting – check. Chance to actually walk around in that setting – […]

  • Play classic MS-DOS games on your own tweets

    In today’s episode of “what will they think of next”, someone’s figured out how to post playable versions of classic games in tweets. For some time now, Twitter has allowed you to embed various forms of media in tweets, most noticeably YouTube videos, simply by pasting a URL into the compose field. Turns out this […]

  • VR: Unreal Engine to add HTC Vive support

    The biggest digital PC game distributor and the most popular game development engine have both backed VR. It’s going to happen. An upcoming Unreal Engine 4 update will expand the development suite’s support to the HTC Vive, Valve’s VR headset. In this glorious new future where work on one of the most important engines in […]

  • WWE 2K15 PC supports modding

    WWE 2K15 may be the series’ PC debut, but it’s already getting into the spirit of the platform. WWE 2K15 does indeed support mods on PC, 2K’s Marcus Stephenson has confirmed. @ElementGamesTV you can. Now buy. — Marcus Stephenson (@stephensonmc) April 28, 2015 As Destructoid points out, this opens the door to all sorts of […]

  • Overkill’s The Walking Dead coming to PC, PS4 and Xbox One in 2016

    Overkill’s The Walking Dead is one step closer to your grasping little paws. Overkill’s The Walking Dead will be published by 505 Games, Overkill parent Starbreeze has announced. 505 also published Payday 2, Overkill’s previous title, so the two companies have established a working relationship. In a press release, the publisher said the co-op title […]

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 pre-orders net Advanced Warfare DLC

    Buy Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 for later, enjoy bonus Advanced Warfare content now. Blacks Ops 3 is being supported by a rather cunning pre-order incentive even more likely to get you to lay your cash down sooner than you might otherwise. Gamespot reports a Black Ops 3 pre-order will receive a couple of […]

  • Steam Game Ban system lets developers determine who to block

    Steam users can now be blocked from individual games by their developers. Steam has always supported multiplayer bans for disruptive users, but a newly-implemented system allows developers to ban users from individual games using their own anti-cheat systems. Game Bans are enforced by Valve, but are enacted at the developer’s request and discretion. This change […]

  • Far Cry 4 devs matching Red Cross donations up to $100K to aid Nepal earthquake victims

    Far Cry 4 developer Ubisoft Montreal will match any pledges made to The Red Cross up to $100,000 to aid Nepal after the 7.8 earthquake struck the area in and around Kathmandu in Nepal. According to Ubisoft: “Having spent the last few years working on Far Cry 4, a game heavily inspired by Nepal and […]

  • Tales of Zestiria retail listing notes September release date, PS4 version

    Tales of Zestiria is coming west in northern autumn, and while it’s confirmed as a PlayStation 3 release, a Dutch retailer has it listed as coming to PS4 as well. Of course, listing it for PS4 could also be a typo, not that I would personally know about that sort of thing, really. However, according […]

  • Official mod tools for Total War: Attila are now available

    Official mod tools for Total War: Attila are now available and you can grab the new Assembly Kit as a beta through the tools menu via your Steam library. The Creative Assembly said the tools will be “immediately familiar” to modders of Rome 2 and Shogun 2, but the new version is the most “extensive” […]

  • How to get level 34 Ascended Raid gear in Destiny: House of Wolves

    Watch: two videos showing you how to get level 34 raid gear and a shopping list of what you need. One of the big changes that House of Wolves is bringing to Destiny is the chance to upgrade your weapons and gear to level 34. In these videos Arekkz Gaming shows you how to use […]

  • Destiny: House of Wolves puts PvP back in the spotlight

    Destiny PvP players, your time has come to shine. New Crucible maps. New Crucible rewards. And the glorious wonder of Elimination mode. Destiny: House of Wolves puts PvP front and centre. When Destiny was first detailed, one of the things Bungie stressed was that there’d be something for everyone. If you wanted to play solo […]

  • Destiny: Trials of Osiris – everything you need to know in one video

    The Destiny: House of Wolves embargo has lifted, and with so much information floating around pertaining to Trials of Osiris, it can be overwhelming. Thankfully, Arekkz Gaming tells you everything you need to know in one video. In the video above you will be informed of how the 3v3 Team Deathmatch event works, how you […]

  • Destiny: House of Wolves – watch a Trials of Osiris match from start to finish

    With the release of Destiny: House of Wolves looming, players will soon be able to participate in the new 3v3 Team Deathmatch event in The Crucible, Trials of Osiris. Below is a video featuring an uncut, complete match from start to finish. In the video, Arekkz Gaming gives you a breakdown of the mode and […]