Great news for SimCity fans! The franchise that laid the foundations of the city building simulation genre, is back!
On March 6, Electronic Arts announced that SimCity is breaking new ground in 2013.
SimCity for PC, is currently in development at the world-renowned Maxis studio in Emeryville, California and has not yet been rated by the ESRB. The debut was revealed on March 6 during Game Changers @ GDC.
Several key team members of past Maxis SimCity titles are back and will be working to make this the greatest SimCity yet.
“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,” said Lucy Bradshaw, Senior Vice President of EA’s Maxis Label. “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.”
According to EA, in SimCity(2013), for the first time in this 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.
Players step into the role of a mayor as they break ground on the foundations of the next big city. The franchise gives players the means to create highly detailed recreations that are populated with real-world issues and real-world problems. With a powerful toolset at their fingertips, players have the ability to create uniquely specialized cities, everything from a bustling financial haven to an oil-guzzling industrial complex; SimCity compels players to create the world of their imagination.
SimCity for PC is Powered by the GlassBox Engine, Maxis’ proprietary engine. “The simulation comes to life in a way never before possible. Everything you see in the world we sim – Sims in each city will have jobs or can lose them, buy homes, be prosperous or be an economic drain on the city.”
EA says, “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.”
The official site of SimCity is launched: www.SimCity.com You can catch your first glimpse of the rebirth of SimCity by viewing the trailer there.
The SimCity Heroes & Villains Pack (featuring a battle between Maxis Man and Evil Dr. Vu.) can be pre-ordered now on http://store.origin.com/