Soon after the new SimCity arrived, word came that an offline mode was considered but ultimately rejected since it didn't fit Maxis' vision for the game. Its always-online nature is well known; however EA may be having a change of heart, at least according to a recent customer survey. A redditor uploaded various images from the survey that show a list of possible features for SimCity, including an offline mode.
The features include the likes of farms, quicker rebuilding after disasters, over and underpasses, land plots twice as large as currently available, terraforming, and Classic Mode. That last one is described as: "In offline or online mode, play a single, fully functioning city using cheats and unlocks that allow you to create your perfect city."
Other parts of the survey look at some other additions for expansions, like the ability to create SuperScrapers by building up. Those buildings can be residential, commercial, and industrial, and can help increase population. There would also be greed cities to boost profits by adding a resource-intensive mega corporation, while green cities can build a research academy and train highly-skilled workers. Then there's the Transform Tomorrow feature, which lets players watch their cities change as new technologies are added or how future cities can affect the region.
All of those sound like nice features to have, yet it's the Classic Mode one that is the most intriguing. It could stand to reason that Classic Mode is how the new SimCity should have been to begin with, but at least it's being considered. Hopefully there's some kind of official word from EA and Maxis before long to address the survey. If a Classic Mode does get added, it could mean a nice boost to SimCity sales.