In one way or another, I am sure many of us have spent at least a couple of hours putting on the Mayoral Suit and developing our own city, managing the prosperity, taxes and safety of our own metropolises and catering to the every whim of our no-fuss sims. Electronic Arts today announced that SimCity will be returning in 2013 exclusively for the PC which is currently in development at Maxis Emeryville and revealed during Game Changers @ GDC.
Lucy Bradshaw, Senior Vice President of EA’s Maxis Label had this to say on the recent announcement:
We’d like to thank the millions of fans who have helped make SimCity synonymous with the city-building genre. This is a franchise that means the world to us at Maxis and we’re happy to be bringing it back home where we are reimagining it for an entirely new generation of players. Using our proprietary GlassBox Engine, SimCity for PC will equip players with the tools to play the most sophisticated simulation of its kind. We are dedicated to making sure the experience – no matter the platform – has the fun, flavor and playability that has been intrinsic to the franchise since its birth.
SimCity is a true rebirth of the franchise that brings the depth of simulation that has been the series hallmark for more than two decades and marries it with next generation accessibility and a robust multiplayer mode, giving players the power to change the world together. Below I have included the games first extended trailer.
For those who pre-oreder the game from Origin will recieve a SimCity Heroes&Villains vonus contrent featuring a battle between Maxis Man and his longtime nemesis Evil Dr. Vu.
For more than two decades, the king of city-building simulators has sworn in millions of virtual mayors from around the world. With its return in 2013, SimCity will engage an entirely new generation of PC gamers as they take charge of their own customized cities and build a world that co-exists alongside friends. For the first time in SimCity franchise history, players’ decisions will have long-lasting repercussions that will extend beyond their city limits. Together, players will address real global challenges such as climate change, the search for renewable resources and natural disasters. It’s up to the players to decide whether to compete or collaborate to shape the world of tomorrow – for better or for worse.
The game makes use of Maxis’ proprietary engine “GlassBox Engine” which they claim will allow the simulation to come to life in a way never before possible. Each Sim will have jobs or can lose them, buy homes, be prosperous or be an economic drain on the city. SimCity is the city builder in which every choice powers real change that affects the character of your city, the state of your region and fellow players within the entire SimCity world. Original fans and newcomers alike will relish the opportunity to build visually and functionally unique cities that take on the character of their choices. Combining fun, addictive gameplay elements with an interface that encourages anyone to jump in and begin playing, SimCity will usher forth a new era of city-building simulation as players work to change a world together.
With its first release in 1989, SimCity has developed into one of the most well known and respected city-development game series with more than 30 million players worldwide. Since its original release it has seen several releases including SimCity 2000, SimCity 3000, SimCity 4 and (in my opinion) a less memorable release of SimCity Societies. As mentioned above, the game is slated for release in 2013 and pre-orders are currently open through the Origin Store in which doing so will secure you the SimCity Heroes & Villains Pack upon release.