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SimCity Patch Adds Offline Play

The EA Forums announce that Update 10 is now live in SimCity, adding the ability to play Maxis' urban-planning reboot without being connected to the Internet. This is today's second example of the voice of the gamers overcoming corporate missteps, as the Diablo III auction houses closed this morning. "We’ve listened to our players and today we are delivering against their most direct feedback with the release of the new Single-Player Mode," said Patrick Buechner, GM of Maxis Emeryville. "Player feedback has helped us deliver 10 major gameplay Updates that have improved the experience with better tuning, new features and free content. This is the most definitive SimCity experience whether you choose to play Online or Offline." This forum thread is collecting feedback on the new version, and any questions about this should be addressed in the SimCity single-player mode FAQ and a new forum thread to address any additional concerns this may raise. Here are the patch notes:

  • New: SimCity Single-Player Mode.
    • Enables Offline Play.
    • Single-Player Mode includes multi-city play, regional interdependence, and city specialization. Regions are saved locally and there is no limit on number of save games.
    • Autosave can be disabled in Single-Player Mode in order for players to experiment and load their regions at a previous save point.
    • Save As a copy feature. Players can make copies of their regions at multiple save points.
    • See FAQ on Single-Player Mode for full details. [link]
  • Performance: Optimizations in the simulator to improve performance of both Multiplayer and Single-Player Mode.
  • Friends: Friends Search now uses the Origin friend search.

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