by Zaid Kriel (Zaid) Posted Tuesday, January 14, 2014 8:01:00 AM
Electronic Arts revealed late yesterday that their city building simulator SimCity will be getting an offline mode.The surprising news comes nearly 10 months after the company insisted that an offline mode for the game was a technical impossibility.
According to a post on the company's official blog, the new offline mode will come as part of an upcoming patch, called Update 10. Once implemented, the offline single-player mode will also make any previously downloaded content available without the need for an internet connection and the game's save files will be stored locally on the PC in question and not in the cloud. In other words, when EA says offline mode mode, they really mean offline mode.
According to Patrick Buechner, general manager of Maxis Emeryville, the company is "in the late phases of wrapping up its development and while we want to get it into your hands as soon as possible, our priority is to make sure that it’s as polished as possible before we release it. So, until then… testing, testing and more testing."
Well it's relief to know that EA are planning to test at least something before they release it.
I know this is meant to be good news, and it is, but it really bothers me that nowhere in this announcement are the longstanding issues with the game ever addressed. Buechner at no point mentions how the company overcame the major technical hurdles that made a single player, totally offline SimCity an impossible feat. We're just all supposed to be happy and cheer hurrah, without asking any questions about how EA managed the impossible.
Oh wait, that's a lie, it's not impossible. It never was. Not long after the game's messy release, modders were able to get it running without an internet connection, albeit imperfectly. EA has been lying to us about SimCity from the start and right now they're doing it again by omission.
I'm glad that EA has relented on this SimCity issue, but the way they're going about it just makes my stomach churn. It's frustrating that they won't just admit what is going on. They're like a 5-year old that stole all the biscuits, but just won't admit it. When you consider the company's lack of honesty with regards to this issue, not to mention the debacle that is Battlefield 4, is it any wonder that EA had featured in the top ten worst companies in America three years in a row?
Please note that the opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and not MWEB Connect (Pty) Ltd
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