Leaked SimCity Survey Points at Larger Cities, Terraforming
SimCity does not measure up to its predecessors, but it is by no means a bad game. There is much room for improvement, and EA Maxis appears poised to bring the game up to standard. In a leaked questionnaire to some of the game’s players, the developer revealed that they intend to double the size of the cities—an issue that has been at the top of the list of complaints players have had with the game.
The survey, which is displayed in the gallery below, includes increasing the size of cities as a “potential feature change” for SimCity. Other suggestions include the addition of subways, a rebuild tool and online guilds to enhance the game’s social networking element.
“We would like to know which features make you interested in playing SimCity again,” the survey notes, adding, “Imagine cities spaces that are 2x the current city size.”
In addition to larger city sizes and the aforementioned changes, one of the most notable elements is the possibility of terraforming. The feature has long been a part of the SimCity series and its omission from the latest title is lamentable, for it prevents players from being able to design their cities to their hearts’ content, as they are forced to make do with pre-made maps.
“True God Mode powers [would] give you the ability to raise/lower terrain and create your own city and regional maps,” as well as the ability to, “Carve out lakes, rivers and oceans.”
The survey also asks whether participants would enjoy building a single city cooperatively with one or more of their friends.
Beyond improvements and an overhaul of core elements in the game, the survey suggests that an expansion pack could allow for denser cities with larger skyscrapers and “future technologies,” and a choice between eco-friendly cities and cities out of a cyberpunk dystopian novel.
There’s no guarantee that any of these features will make it in, but given the nature of the survey, it’s safe to say that the possibility certainly exists.