After months of resistance from EA, even going so far as saying that the game was not built to be, and will never be made to have an offline mode, EA's team behind SimCity announced today that an offline, "Single Player Mode" will be included in the game's next patch. After thousands of gamers sign petitions and voice their need for an offline mode in the game, it seems gamers are finally getting what they want. Of course, cities are still limited to rather small plots of land with no further chance of expansion, but we'll take what we can get, and look ahead to the slightly-more-encouraging future of SimCity.
From a blog post by Maxis Emeryville General Manager, Patrick Buechner:
In Update 10, you can still play solo in Regions on your own, or in Multiplayer with people from around the world. What’s new is the Single Player Mode, which allows you to play the game Offline by yourself. And because your saved games in this mode are stored locally, you can save and load to your heart’s content. Our team will be delivering a follow-up blog that will outline the full details in the near future so stay tuned.
So what does this mean for the Online game? All of the benefits of being connected will remain including access to Multiplayer, the Global Market and Leaderboards. And all of your pre-existing saved cities and regions will still be accessible should you log-in to the Online game.