After 10 years, a new SimCity game is finally coming out


Today marks a very important milestone for those of you who are like me and created (and destroyed) countless cities in the SimCity games. Whether it was in the original game, or the more recent SimCity 4, (yes, SimCity Societies does not exist) you’ll probably be excited with the news that a new game in the series is finally launching!

Simply called SimCity, the new game has been widely anticipated up to its launch, and early reviews of the game range from positive to absolutely glowing. The new SimCity features a more connected and social approach, allowing you to play games in regions with your friends’ cities neighboring yours. This allows you to work together to pool resources such as electricity, help each other using fire departments and even antagonize each other by pulling aforementioned power supply. But if you want your old SimCity, it’s there too — you can play in a region exclusive to yourself. Apart from the new features, the game has received a significant graphical overhaul and the result is the most gorgeous-looking SimCity game yet:

Here’s a TV ad that’s launching with the game:

The only downside to this connectivity is that the game will require a constant online connection to play, meaning it’s not unlike most online games out there today. Also, the great amount of anticipation leading up to the game’s release has resulted in some server-side problems ranging from issues to downloading the game to not even being able to log in and play. However, these issues should be ironed out in the next couple of days.

I already have my copy, and I’m ready to go (cannot wait)! If you don’t have yours yet, or this is the first time you’re hearing of it, give it a shot — I think everyone can enjoy the game. SimCity is available in a “Limited Edition” for $59.99 and a “Digital Deluxe Edition” with extra content for $79.99.

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  • WildCat

    Headline: Amazon Refuses to Sell SimCity

    I don’t play SimCity, but do HAVE to use origin for Battlefield 3. I did have a problem when I originally installed the game but it was resolved pretty quick and to my satisfaction. I guess I had better luck than this guy with customer service.

    The one thing that REALLY gets me is when the CSR states ” …but as our policy is stating it is also the our discretion to process a refund.”

    I can understand why this guy is upset. They give you a link to go to, to file for a refund, and Origin Global Community Manager Marcel Hatam states that you can get a refund, but then their policy states it’s at their(CSR’s?) discretion.

    I think Amazon had the right idea on this one. Then again, that’s just my “two cents”…

  • gw

    I also won’t be getting this because of the online requirment.

  • Coyote

    So how goes playing now? I’ve heard they had some major server issues. I for one was looking forward to this for years but now that I see it’s online only I’m just disappointed. Why did they have to add social to a game that makes you god? Now I have to share that? Sorry that’s not the way it works.

    Oh and cue micro transactions in 3..2..1..
    EA will nickle and dime it’s customers to hell with this game.

  • AFPhy6

    I will not play, or even look at, any computer game that demands “playing with others” whether online or offline. I will not play or learn any game that requires internet connections.

  • Mayank


    Well Offline suits best with game titles like Assassin’s Creed, Prototype, Crysis, and other such games.
    Online is fun but only when you don’t lag or disconnect.. :P

  • Ashraf

    [@Bob] I’m actually one of those people that *hate* playing offline. To me, playing against or with a computer just isn’t fun.

  • Enrique

    [@Bob] Totally agree!

    The lead developer actually addressed the whole online-thing here this in a blog post, you can check it out here if you’re interested:

    As for an offline manual, this should set you up. Print this out and you’re good to go!

    Enjoy :)

  • Bob

    Will be interesting to see how it plays as an online game. I’d prefer to have the option of playing offline, since I don’t have any friends who play the game so don’t need to share my region!

    The graphics are more graphic, but not quite as detailed or interesting as the older versions. The new version doesn’t age, so you don’t get older buildings, just bigger ones as the game progresses through time. I’m hoping there will be more tutorials and a offline manual would help.