PC-exclusive Sim City engine demoed. The peasants approve.

Subject: General Tech | March 20, 2012 - 08:51 PM |
Tagged: Sim City

Sim City will arrive in 2013 only on PC, with some level of mod support, and some level of awesome.

The new Sim City was officially unveiled a couple of weeks ago at Game Developers Conference accompanied by a teaser trailer. Apparently Will Wright, the original creator of Sim City, will not be involved with the project. A second video was released yesterday which outlines the simulation rules which govern gameplay. It is worth your time to see.

Looks like they have the Wright idea...

It appears as though Maxis has spent the majority of their development focus with their GlassBox engine on the interactions between aspects of the city. Buildings such as fire stations can be upgraded and resources such as coal and water are finite. It is up to you to not just manage your city, but have it properly laid out.

Towards the end of the GDC teaser, it was hinted that your city would neighbor others. While the game would be functional as a single player experience, within multiplayer your city influences its neighbors. Beware the trade winds.

The game will only be available on Microsoft Windows and will include some level of mod support. Employees at Maxis have claimed that they will use the same mod package format as The Sims and SimCity 4. It appears as though EA might be taking another stab at a pure PC title. I hope they do it well, and it serves them well.

Source: Youtube
March 20, 2012 | 11:12 PM - Posted by da_n (not verified)

This looks awesome, the only thing which concerns me is how this level of simulation will scale, SC4 would end up crawling once a city reached a reasonable size. I am guessing large amounts of RAM and SSD's might help.

March 21, 2012 | 01:26 AM - Posted by Matt Smith

I'm extremely excited about this. SimCity has been one my favorite games and I've always been sad that it sort of disappeared. These days we have to make do with Cities XL, which is just...ok.

March 21, 2012 | 12:36 PM - Posted by AnthonyF (not verified)

You say "only on PC", but it'll be available on the Mac as well.

March 22, 2012 | 04:24 AM - Posted by Scott Michaud

Their official website says only on PC.

http://www.simcity.com/en_US/faq

Wikipedia says only on Microsoft Windows.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SimCity_%282013_video_game%29

Though even if it would be on the Mac or Linux, I would still say "Only on PC". While I don't like Apple I don't discriminate the PC to talk exclusively about Windows.

March 23, 2012 | 01:12 AM - Posted by banana (not verified)

amazing! this engine could simulate the human body :o

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