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Creating an Offline Mode for SimCity Took Six Months
Filed under: SIMCITY

Lead Engineer for SimCity Simon Fox recently blogged that building an offline mode for the always-online SimCity took his team six months to accomplish.

"[O]ur entire architecture was written to support [networked play], from the way that the simulation works to the way that you communicate across a region of cities," he wrote. "So yes, while someone was able to remove the 'time check' shortly after launch, they were unable to perform key actions like communicating with other cities that they had created locally, or with the rest of their region(s), or even saving the current state of their cities."

He further explained that the game relied on server communication for region status and other information via a Java-based system. In order to distribute this information offline, the team had to rewrite the entire system in C++.

"Even things that seem trivial, like the way that cities are saved and loaded, had to be completely reworked in order to make this feature function correctly," he added.

This offline mode will be included in the next SimCity update, which should be very soon.



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Xafen Jan 15 2014, 09:10 am EST
Interesting considering people had it hacked within weeks to work offline. I logged in for the first time since March a few days ago, and there are still massive problems and issues that there were at launch. Traffic is still a joke. I want to like the game, but they're just making it difficult.
  Chunder: I'm pretty sure the only pirated version that works i…
RenegadeCZ Jan 15 2014, 09:14 am EST
So can I now pirate the game in peace?
Terminator Jan 15 2014, 10:23 am EST
It's about time they put an offline mode in SimCity. Once the new update comes out, I will buy this game :)
  Krunchy1736: Meh get Cities XL Platinum if you want a mayor simula…
Reikhardt: Exceot the engine is so bad on Cities XL that you get…
Vycka: Do NOT, and I repeat, do NOT get Cities XL. Extremely…
Avus Jan 15 2014, 10:49 am EST
Did Simcity designer said it is IMPOSSIBLE to make Simcity 5 to run offline???
Barzenak42 Jan 15 2014, 01:54 pm EST
Might pick it up after all..
moriwenne Jan 16 2014, 09:17 am EST
It's a fine game. With all the main problems from launch fixed, extra features and offline mode (+ lower after launch price), it's now a good buy imo.
daver18qc Jan 16 2014, 11:07 am EST
"Creating a singleplayer mode took 6 months"

Could have been avoided if they didnt try to make it online only in the first place...
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