EA Maxis has announced that SimCity will soon have an offline mode added, which will allow players to play the game offline by themselves. Previously downloaded content will also be available without an internet connection, and saves will be stored locally.
Maxis is in “the late phases of wrapping up development” on the offline mode, general manager of Maxis Emeryville Patrick Buechner said on the SimCity blog, in part. “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.”
Buechner also added that the studio will open up offline mode initially to the “most hardcore players” of SimCity, and will soon be adding another blog post with more information on the mode.
In March last year, Maxis general manager Lucy Bradshaw told Polygon that “It wouldn’t be possible to make the game offline without a significant amount of engineering work by our team.” Last October, Patrick Buechner revealed that Maxis was exploring the option of adding an offline mode to SimCity, but made no promises.