Ten years after Maxis' SimCity 4 came out onto PCs, the developer's latest computer game, simply called SimCity, has come out in North America.
"For more than 23 years, SimCity has been inspiring future mayors and urban planners," said Lucy Bradshaw, Senior Vice President and General Manager of EA's Maxis Label. "The new SimCity is powered by the most advanced simulation engine ever. It is more responsive and expansive than ever before. It is a SimCity where decisions you make at the local level will send rippling waves across an entire region of cities. Building on the core ethos of what made the original SimCity so powerful, this new SimCity is the game we have always dreamed of making."
Thanks to Maxis' newly-created Glassbox engine, all in the game is intelligently simulated. This includes everything from all of the Sims in a city, to every kilowatt of power pulsing through a region. It promises to be the developer's most expansive city management game yet where multi-city gameplay across regions delivers a larger playing field. No longer are players relegated to playing one single city, now they can manage and play up to 16 cities at once. Each city can have different specializations; they can share services and trade resources; they can help or even hinder each other; every decision a player makes in each city has impact in the broader region. It's up to the player to decide where and how they play.
For the first time in the series multiplayer is added to the gameplay giving players a new dimension to the game, as decisions impact both the city and the region, creating new ways to play by collaborating or competing to earn achievements. Requiring an always-on internet connection, SimCity's a live service simulates real-time updates and pushes them to players in the form of new challenges and achievements. Players will track their progression alongside their friends and the world for the most polluted city, the richest city, and so on.
SimCity has been rated" E10+" by the ESRB and can be obtained either at brick-and-mortar retailers or via download from EA's Origin service.