The lights are on
Through all the trials and tribulations that SimCity has gone through with its required online play, Maxis and Electronic Arts have held firm that taking the game offline would require substantial reprogramming. According to an anonymous employee from Maxis who claims to be familiar with the programming of the game, this is not the case.
According to this anonymous employee who spoke to Rock, Paper, Shotgun, the servers that have been required to play the game, are not doing any significant computation. They are doing work like interacting with Origin, holding onto cloud saves, and sending messages to players and between cities, but they aren't doing the heavy lifting that has been implied from assorted Maxis and EA representatives. Apparently, what this means is that taking the game offline wouldn't be the difficult task that Maxis claims it to be.
This is all, of course, based on the remarks of a Maxis employee who understandably wants to remain anonymous. We don't know who he or she is, or what they do at Maxis, but they claim to have, "first-hand knowledge of how the game works." Rock, Paper, Shotgun has more quotes from its source who also explains why cheetah mode was disabled, how the Glassbox engine works, and says “It wouldn’t take very much engineering to give you a limited single-player game without all the nifty region stuff.”
How has your SimCity experience been? Have you been able to dive into the game? Do you think this anonymous source is to be believed? Would you prefer SimCity if it did not have an online component.
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Ok, I want there to be an offline mode as much as the next guy, but if the "nifty region" stuff is the same stuff that isn't working now, it's pretty important. They made the game based off of that regional interaction, and the game suffers without it. If you could keep regional trading on private regions, an offline mode, and larger city sites, this game could get close to a 10/10. The bugs might keep it from a 10 though, but it would be close.
I want single player with a multiplayer option... like pretty much every other game made... ever
"Would you prefer SimCity if it did not have an online component?"
if it didnt have AO DRM i would have bought it by now.
Its not the online component thats the problem its the forced always online requirement thats BS.
if it had a real single player i would have spent the money when it came out
EA forcing Maxis to lie to the people. Cool!
They need to know that if it did not have the always online DRM, I would have already boughten the game. Now it looks like I will be pirating it when someone cracks it. It's only a matter of time.
i'm not suprised by this at all , theres no reason why it couldn't be offline with a multiplayer mode that gives you the intended benifits. if it wasn't for the forced online i would've bought this game when i had/have the money but i refuse to support games with always-on drm
I'm the only one building cities in my region so this must be true since I haven't communicated with anyone in the game
Buy the game, download a crack and problem solved XD you are not stealing you bought the game.
If I could play the game offline it'd be a no-brainer. I don't have a connection reliable enough to play games online for extended periods.
Bravo, GIO, for keeping the focus on this issue. Gamers deserve to know where their industry is going, and why.
The game is still being pirated, and played offline, by those who have pirated the game. Once again, the thieves get the superior product.
Im just sad that a good game is getting thrashed like this.
I only really wanted to play with a few friends. I could do with limited online play or lan.
I've managed to get into the game, and its AMAZING. The controversy over the servers is understandable,but the game itself is definitly award winning. My heart goes out to those who cant get into the game, its really fun.
I think this tip is bogus. If it were that easy EA would've done it by now. The backlash and refunds and giving out a free game are signs that this fix will take a while.