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New SimCity Only Playable Online

The upcoming continuation of the SimCity series will require a constant internet connection to play, reports Joystiq. They have confirmed that the game will be sold through digital distributors other than Origin, but lead designer Stone Librande tells them players will need to be connected to EA's online service to play, even in single-player. Word is: "The always-on connection becomes necessary with the game's emphasis on multiplayer and regional impact, and the use of a global economy that all players can influence."

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25. Re: New SimCity Only Playable Online Mar 28, 2012, 12:00 Kajetan
Bhruic wrote on Mar 28, 2012, 11:18:
I'm really wondering about this decision. Leaving aside the "EA is evil" debate for a moment, who thought this would be a good idea?
EA thought, this would be a good idea to show the investors that they are really, REALLY eager to protect their precious assets from those filthy pirate scum. Last business year EA lost again (!) a lot of money, despite of increased sales. EA introduced Online securom the first time the had a really bad quarter. Take2 used Online securom for Bioshock because the REALLY needed those sales and tried to keep their investors happy. Ubisoft announced UbiDRM after some heavy unexpected losses.

You ask what is the reason for Always-On? The desire to please the investors, to show them that the company wants to protect its revenue, that they can tap into more revenue by controlling the entire gameplay experience, by slicing the game into little DLC packages and feeding them to the stupid customer through gamer accounts on UbiPlay, Origin, Steam or XBOX Live.
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