The offline mode is part of a free update, according to the SimCity blog. After updating, players will be able to load their cities in Single Player Mode, which will not require an Inernet connection.
SimCity was released in March 2013 for PC but required players to connect to Electronic Arts’ servers to play. This received a great deal of pushback from customers, especially after EA’s servers couldn’t handle demand during the first month. EA had to remove “non-essential features” from the game for the first few weeks, including the fastest simulation speed, just to handle demand, and players complained of waiting for hours just to sign in.
During that time, gaming sites reneged on glowing reviews for the game, and SimCity‘s Amazon review score dropped to one star. Reddit became one of the hubs for users to complain, and industrious modders there even claimed they found code in the game to play without an internet connection.
Patrick Buechner, general manager of the Maxis’ Emeryville studio, which is owned by EA, wrote in the blog post: “I’ve wanted to say those words for quite some time.” He added the team was in the late stages of creating Single Player Mode, but still had to test and polish it before announcing a release date.