After the ridiculous disaster that was the SimCity launch, it doesn’t really come as a surprise that Maxis is now considering offering an offline-mode for their always-online reboot of the city building game. In Maxis’ latest blog post, GM Patrick Buechner explains the possibility of an offline mode as a benefit to the future modding community.
“Right now we have a team specifically focused on exploring the possibility of an offline mode. I can’t make any promises on when we will have more information, but we know this is something that many of our players have been asking for,” said Buechner.
“While the server connectivity issues are behind us, we would like to give our players the ability to play even if they choose not to connect. An offline mode would have the additional benefit of providing room to the modding community to experiment without interfering or breaking the multiplayer experience.”
This is a huge leap from SimCity’s disastrous launch that caused outrage across the mostly anti-DRM gaming community. In March 18, SimCity broke Origin’s record for amount of concurrent players at 1.3 million but that was only over a week after its initial launch. The game continued to receive patches that contained numerous server and gameplay fixes well until after its release. Unfortunately, there isn’t any information regarding how many concurrent players SimCity has had since March but so far, Maxis has received positive feedback from the community regarding its shift towards modding and the inclusion of an offline-mode as well as the request to have larger cities.
“Our launch wasn’t what anyone on the team hoped for,” said Buechner. “We think about this every single day, but we’re proud of how far we’ve come voer the past few months.”
In July, EA sent out a survey that included a question that hinted at the possibility of an offline mode for SimCity.