Sim City 5 Won’t Support Mods, Will Require Persistent Internet

Sigh. It was probably inevitable that EA would find some way to ruin one of the great game series of all time. No, not that series. We mean the upcoming, long awaited new installment in the Sim City series, Sim City 5. Normally, we’d be extremely excited about it. Rumored to be due sometime next year, information that has dribbled out so far hints at incredible complexity and beautiful visuals. Unfortunately, EA has just confirmed it will also boast features seemingly tailor-made to annoy, and drive away, long time fans.

First is the unfortunate news that the game won’t launch with modding tools. EA Maxis creative director Ocean Quigley confirmed this speaking to Joystiq. “Right now we’ve got our work cut out for us,” he said, “to build the product up to the quality level it deserves as a SimCity. Then after we ship, we’ll make decisions about how we can and when exactly we’ll support mods.” I’ll believe it when I see it. EA’s track record with mod support has been very lacking in the decade since the last Sim City game was released. Even so, it’s good to know that the Glassbox engine upon which Sim City 5 is based has built-in modding support. Quigley also said “But it’s worth pointing out that the reason people are still playing SimCity 4 almost ten years later is because the modding community essentially re-created it and filled it with new content and fixed bugs and made it as much of a hobby as it is a game.”

That’s good to know, and we all know modders will crack Sim City 5 with or without official support. But will they even want to play? If other comments from EA reps pan out, maybe not. Lead designer Stone Librande has confirmed that Sim City will require a persistent Internet connection – and Origin membership – to play. According to Joystiq, “Players will need to be online on Origin while playing, even if that wasn’t the point of purchase. The always-on connection becomes necessary with the game’s emphasis on multiplayer and regional impact, and the use of a global economy that all players can influence.”

Sure, I bet. And this has nothing to do with DRM, or wanting to lock people into Origin whether they want it or not. I’m sure Sim City will be good, but I am increasingly unwilling to play a game that requires an Internet connection. It treats legit customers like potential criminals, and places onerous restrictions on use that few products do. Imagine if you bought a car that would only run when the radio was set to a certain station? More importantly, in the event that my Internet goes out, or, god forbid, I have to cancel my service, I want the option to play a game I have legally purchased in order to pass the time I can’t spend looking up lolcats.

What do you all think? Is this a bridge too far, or do you not find a required persistent Internet connection annoying. Let us know in comments.

via Joystiq

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7 Comments on Sim City 5 Won’t Support Mods, Will Require Persistent Internet


On March 28, 2012 at 5:00 pm

I prefer not to purchase games with required persistent Internet connection.
Here is a nice image:


On April 3, 2012 at 4:13 pm

Are they going to make us pay a monthly subscription too?
Isn’t there enough profit in just selling the game?
Is there currently rampant epidemic downloading of pirated video games?

I hope they realize the diehard fans of this game are old enough to know this is crap. Good luck getting the new ADD generation to love this game as much as we did.

These updates will definitely make it less engaging for me, if I even try it out at all –

What a let down.


On April 24, 2012 at 2:22 pm

It’s funny because it will be the legitimate customers, as usual, who will be shafted. Pirates will find a way to circumvent this “security feature”.


On March 5, 2013 at 10:13 am

I would be 100% happy buying this game if it didn’t always have to be played online.

Rather than forcing the pirates to buy the game, its going to make more people search for a way to circumvent this problem, and most likely turn to the pirates themselves


On March 5, 2013 at 9:11 pm

I’ve been looking forward to this game for so long, Simcity had a literal impact on my life (I am an architect) and it pains be to admit that I won’t be buying this long-awaited sequel.

I have no interest in being exploited, which seems to be the direction this game will take in the form of DLC, the first of which is displayed in the games Deluxe edition, just 3 city maps for an additional $20 the lack of support for player made mods reinforces this belief.

The internet req. also made me cringe, its tolerable but I don’t like the idea of purchasing an item for $60 that I can’t use whenever I want.


On March 13, 2013 at 7:28 pm

You People really don’t understand do you. Simcity DOES NOT require monthly pay one and two, Persistent internet isnt really for security reasons its because coal and oil power plants require those resources and if you don’t have a coal mine or an oil drill then you buy it either from another region or the GLOBAL MARKET (1 reason for internet requirement). But ok, lets say you DO have a coal/oil extractor. you will most likely have extra, right? WELL, you sell it off the… you guessed it, GLOBAL MARKET! In all truth it’s barely if that a security feature. And Anarch, if you were an architect (which design BUILDINGS), why does a CITY BUILDING game impact your life? And i have done plenty archeitect research ( i actually want to be one) and actually HAVE simcity and followed them very closely in development so I THINK I know what i’m talking about.


On April 6, 2013 at 1:10 pm

weather or not its a security feature the point is this and 99% of games form the past didnt require internet imagine playing doom and being told sorry you need high speed internet. imagine also the original sim city was released before internet omg is the possible? a game to be played offline what will they think of next? EA is going down fast its a sinking ship whats going to happen when they go under and their servers are taken down how do you play your 60 dollar game then? i still play many games from company’s that dont exist now for example pie in the sky software, apogee (commander keen) lol. did i mention these games makers no longer are in exsistance and im still able to play their games because i bought the game and it was playable offline. and leon there are many types of architects such as traffic,building, and software, ect.