At long last, Maxis finally announces offline play will be happening for SimCity by way of free update. That's right, Maxis general manager Patrick Buechner confirms SimCity Update 10 will include the revolutionary "Single Player Mode", said to allow one to actually play the game without an internet connection.
The secret sauce is that save files are stored locally on your very rig in Single Player Mode, instead of on the infinitely powerful cloud, allowing you to save and load your game outside of the purview of Origin. Note that this means your online games will probably be separate because Maxis wouldn't want you offline types "compromising the integrity of the Online game" with your saucy bookstore mods or whatever.
Snark aside, Maxis parent company EA's dogged insistence of forcing players to connect to the Origin service just to play SimCity (even if alone) lead to headaches all around when the title first launched in March last year. For starters, players had a rough time even getting into the game. Those who did survive the queue then had to put up with crashes and glitches. The technical issues were so bad EA eventually saw fit to compensate SimCity customers with free games by way of apology.
Buechner promises more details for Single Player Mode as the update draws closer to release.