After two fumbled launches — one for Windows users and one for Mac — that frustrated gamers with networking issues, SimCity might finally be getting an offline mode.
A General Manager for developer Maxis confirmed in a blog post that the company is indeed exploring whether an offline mode would be possible.
“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.”
Prior to now, publisher EA as well as Maxis has insisted that an online-only experience was the only way the game could offer the experience they wanted. It seems that months of criticism may have finally worn down the game’s creators, and they may be ready to offer gamers what they’ve been asking for since before the game was even released.