In almost a decade long wait, the SimCity franchise is finally being resurrected. Possibly the daddy of all sim games, it is expected to get a dramatic makeover. First appearing on computer screens way back in 1989, the franchise is one of the best-selling computer games of all time.
Perhaps riding on the crest of similar social network and mobile games, EA has decided to show others how it’s really done.
It’s such a simple concept, build and create a city however you like, but you become engrossed with your little made up city and its even tinnier civilians.
While the trailer only shows concept art, you can expect EA and Maxis to ply their trademark for excellent graphics to the new game. The major features EA and Maxis are touting are 3D graphics and bendy roads. Hmm, these are kind of humdrum in today’s gaming world are they not?
From the sounds of things so far, it appears there will be major push towards broadening possibilities for multiplayer modes and landscape boundaries. The social and multiplayer culture has amplified significantly since SimCity’s last outing; therefore it has to move with the times.
There’s also a move to more realistic situations to reflect today’s environment. There will be finite resources and you will have to balance between ease of living and saving the planet. How you run your city could affect others. For example, if your city is surrounded by black smog from pollution, this could filter to neighbouring cities.
SimCity has never really had an objective. I guess after 23 years, it will now. I’m sitting on the fence as to whether this is good or bad. I like a challenge in a game, but I’m wondering whether this will kill the fun nature of being able to create how you like. It may be a little too serious for me. However, they have suggested you never know when a giant lizard might attack. Maybe the giant robot from previous series will make an appearance too? One can only hope.
There’s a long while to find out, the game is being tipped to be released sometime in 2013.
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