SimCity modded to allow unlimited offline play

Thursday, 14th March 2013 09:38 GMT By Dave Cook

SimCity has been modded to allow for uninterrupted offline play, following the spate of server issues that dogged the game when it launched last week.

Modder UKAzzer posted a video of his handiwork in action over on Reddit. He explains how the mod can be enacted by playing around with the game’s debug mode.

Typically SimCity would kick gamers off after playing offline for 20 minutes. This mod removes the blog completely. It suggests that – contrary to what EA and Maxis has been saying – the game doesn’t need to be online to run at all. But we don’t know otherwise as nothing has been clarified on the matter.

Here’s the clip:

If you want the details on why SimCity has been causing gamers a mass headache, I strongly advise you read my round-up of the whole shitstorm. Check it out here.

Thanks Eurogamer.



  1. mistermogul

    lol, surely not more proof that EA/Maxis are full of shit?!

    #1 2 years ago
  2. manamana

    Was just a matter of time. Did they really thought, noone would try to do it? Bunch of cretins!

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Gnosis

    [sarkasm]Omg, how in the world is it possible? Oh, this shock. Oh, the humanity.[/sarksam]
    It’s always the same with those guys. They try to find a cheap excuse why their shit is not working and some smart guy out there makes them shut up.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. hitnrun

    Good, I was starting to get concussions from facepalming at the idiots explaining that my gaming PC “couldn’t handle it” and that Maxis was paying for supercomputation for millions of players.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. mistermogul

    @4 – lol! Great post :)

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Talkar

    You said it ^^ Now where is Phoenixblight? x)

    #6 2 years ago
  7. TheWulf

    The thing is is that they separated functions away from the main client in order to create DRM, not because computers couldn’t run it. That much is painfully obvious to anyone and everyone I’d think. Especially since SimCity 4 was a more complex game in many regards.

    Still, I think what the debug mode does is cast aside the functions that are calculated ‘out of client’ (so to speak), and thus there are probably features that are turned off for debug mode. That’s what the next step should be, to find out what features have been turned off. If we could then emulate those functions, then we’d have a true offline mode.

    But I’d be willing to bet that features are missing from debug mode. Not many, but one or two. If there aren’t any features missing then I’m going to sigh a long, long sigh and shake my head. Because that would mean that Maxis are even more inept at DRM than Ubisoft. And Ubisoft are pretty inept. It means that Maxis couldn’t even do it right.

    So… we’ll see how this goes.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. OlderGamer

    PC ftw.

    Next gen consoles won’t allow fo rthis type of thing.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. The_Red

    EA / Maxis: Making this game offline would be impossible because a LOT of calculations are done via servers.

    1 Day later: Kotaku and Notch play offline for 20 minutes.

    2 Days later: Modder makes a full offline mode.

    3 Days later: ?

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Samoan Spider

    @9 3 Days later: EA/Maxis “Ok guys, we really care about the community so we tirelessly fought to overcome the huge technological feat required to remove the always-on component” ;)

    #10 2 years ago
  11. spazzwan

    “Due to popular demand, we are making available our new Unconnected© DLC, ahead of schedule, available from Sunday March 17 for a one-off fee of only $19.99USD”

    #11 2 years ago
  12. Cobra951

    So who’s lying, Maxis, EA, or this alleged modder? Somebody is. I’d like to believe that it was EA, and that this hack fixes the game’s primary issue. I’ll stay tuned.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. The_Red

    You have to add RockPaperShotgun (Verified insider), Kotaku (Offline play for 20 mins) and creator of MineCraft (Offline test) to the side of this modder.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. Cobra951

    @13: Thanks. Online is still required for saving your work, though, so it’s still essential.

    #14 2 years ago

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