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SimCity Hacked to Play Offline?

A new video on YouTube shows the work of UKAzzer, who has (apparently) intrepidly worked out how to play the new SimCity offline with some home hacking, in spite of EA's suggestions this would be a massive, if not impossible undertaking (thanks Videogamer). Here's word:

So with a little bit of package editing within SimCity, and a little playing about in the code, it's possible to enable debug mode. I linked the activation to the "Help Center" button in the main menu for ease. Most debug features are disabled without having an actual developer's build (they have terraforming tools etc. available in the full developer build!), but a few things do still work - including editing the main highways.

Not only that - but you can edit the highways ANYWHERE - even outside of your city boundary... and even if you quit the game and log back in later, it's all saved safely on the server.

This shows that highway editing will be easily possible, AND that editing outside of the artificially small city boundaries should be very viable too.

Other things I have modded out with a quick change: Unlimited time to remain disconnected (won't get booted at 20 minutes, can now be disconnected "forever"). Population count now shows REAL figure, not the "artificially inflated" figure. My large cities have a population of about 15k now, not 100k :P

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48. Re: SimCity Hacked to Play Offline? Mar 14, 2013, 11:39 Dev
Yakubs wrote on Mar 14, 2013, 10:09:
Kajetan wrote on Mar 14, 2013, 10:04:
Yakubs wrote on Mar 14, 2013, 09:59:
When everyone is blasting EA for lying, let's not let Maxis off the hook here. They deserve just as much indignation for this mess of a game release and it pains me to see them potentially getting away from this without much damage to their reputation.
There is no difference between EA and Maxis. Its the same company. EA only kept the Maxis name for brand reasons.

That may be strictly true but I doubt they disintegrated legacy Maxis and replaced them with EA workers. This is mostly the original Maxis except now they're just a piece of another organization, no?
No, the original maxis has been long long long gone. Basically over 10 years of The Sims, maxis became EA. The founders of Maxis were Will Wright and Jeff Braun, they aren't at EA anymore.
Let me put it this way, do you think the original people who put out Simcity series and sim Ant and the others, would have stood for putting out this garbage?

This is not nearly the first time EA has decimated a studio they've bought out. Is origin around anymore? Bullfrog? Or any of the others? The only reason EA has even bothered to keep the separate Maxis name (unlike most others they bought out) is because The Sims became incredibly huge.

Not that long ago EA announced they were reducing their brand labels to 4:

This comment was edited on Mar 14, 2013, 11:49.
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