SimCity is a game that has been around for a long time and many PC gamers have fond memories of playing. The latest version of the game launched last year and proved to be popular from the start. There was one thing about the game that bothers a lot of players though.
Back in October, we heard rumbles that an offline mode for SimCity was being considered, something that followed multiple botched launches and has been much-requested by gamers. Today in a blog post, Maxis' Emeryville studio general manager Patrick Buechner announced an offline mode will indeed be arriving soon for all SimCity players, breaking the shackles of you-must-have-an-Internet-connection.
SimCity was plagued with server issues for a fair bit of time, something that eventually also affected Mac users upon the Mac version launch. An offline mode has been requested for many months, and though at one point it seemed that such was not going to be a reality, SimCity developer Maxis has stated that a team has been put in place to explore the possibility.
Maxis has announced that the new SimCity video game will get its first expansion pack in mid-November. SimCity has proven to be a popular game so far even though it had server issues to begin with and requires an Internet connection to play. If you're hoping the expansion pack brings an off-line mode to the game, you're going to be sad.
With the SimCity launch fiasco that took place earlier this year still in fresh in the mind of gamers, many have plodded ahead and downloaded the newly launched SimCity from Mac. Not too long after the download became available, however, comments and tweets are appearing from users who are experiencing a variety of issues with the game, among them being the inability to download it at all.
SimCity has been released for Mac. Details of the release have been shared on the SimCity Blog where they begin by thanking those who waited patiently. Of course, that refers back to those earlier release delays. The good news as of today is that SimCity has indeed arrived for Mac and it is available as a digital download from the Origin website.
We knew SimCity for Mac would be arriving at some point when Maxis and Electronic Arts announced the news earlier this year, and finally, after seeing a delay past its initial June launch, Mac gamers will be able to get their grubby little hands on the game starting on August 29, just six or so months after the PC version was released under pretty bad circumstances.
Bad news for Mac gamers with deity delusions; EA has revealed that it is delaying SimCity for Mac, just days before the game was expected to hit shelves. EA had originally promised to launch the OS X version of the game on Tuesday, June 11, but now says that it is not "ready for primetime yet" and so has been pushed back into August.
Electronic Arts has reported its Q4 2013 earnings, and the company boasted a $1.04 billion revenue, which is up from $977 million a year ago. Net income also saw a growth from last year, with $169 million in cold, hard profit for the quarter, compared to $56 million during the same quarter last year. However, it was the game sales that EA really wanted to show off.