Maxis Exploring Offline mode for SimCity

It suffered a difficult start to it’s life thanks to some well documented online issues, but it looks as though SimCity might finally be getting an option for players to create offline. At least, that’s what the general manager of the Maxis Emeryville studio, Patrick Buechner, has hinted at in a recent blog post:

“First, I want you to know that we are listening to your feedback. We dig deep into the forums, Facebook posts, and Twitter feeds every day to see what players are talking about. There is a lot of feedback and there is a clear passion for SimCity. That’s great to see. And while we appreciate positive feedback, we take very seriously the players who have criticisms. Players have high expectations of what goes into our games and we have an obligation to deliver.

Right now we have a team specifically focused on exploring the possibility of an offline mode. I can’t make any promises on when we will have more information, but we know this is something that many of our players have been asking for.

While the server connectivity issues are behind us, we would like to give our players the ability to play even if they choose not to connect. An offline mode would have the additional benefit of providing room to the modding community to experiment without interfering or breaking the multiplayer experience.”

We’ll bring you any updates as we have them.

For now though, did you experience any problems with SimCity online? And do you think having an offline mode would be a welcome addition?

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