SimCity, the fifth iteration of the popular city-building franchise, launched March 5 and it was generally agreed to be a pretty terrible idea to have done so. The game's required online connection, pushed by the developers as a necessary function for the experience they created, resulted in a plane crash. Servers exploded, features were removed from the game, and generally speaking the gaming community lit on fire, a fire fueled by rage. Here we are a year later and SimCity now has an offline single-player mode.
Yes, Maxis Studios released Update 10 which adds the ability to play SimCity without a persistent internet connection (though folk will still have to download the patch online). Of course, players will still need to have Origin installed to play and will have to set Origin to offline-more in order for the game to function correctly. Then afterwards multiple online functions like Leaderboards, Citylog, Achievements, Friends List, Player Profile, the Region Wall, and region invites will not work in any capacity. Small price to pay?
Otherwise the single-player SimCity is still essentially the same game that players experienced online. City plots have not been grown in size and players will still have to deal with the multi-plot regions in order to caravan needed goods between cities. Man I wish I could message the RollerCoaster Tycoon 4 Mobile developers and point them towards how badly everything can go wrong.
Perhaps it's time for SimCity franchise fans to return and try the latest SimCity out one more time. It has been a year since the worst of the controversies began, so maybe those old wounds have now scarred over. Speaking of which, it has been almost exactly a year since launch. You don't think there was some sort of marketing or licensing thing keeping the offline update from being launched until now, do you? Nah, not even going to get caught up in this again.