Sim City To Launch March 5, 2013
The more I learn about SimCity, the less interested I am in playing. Don’t get me wrong; the Glassbox Engine is a truly astounding achievement, and the game’s incredibly complex simulations are impressive to the extreme. But the decision not to include any kind of single player option in the game is a serious misstep. I have no doubt that younger gamers might have the time it takes to devote hours and hours to a multiplayer-only experience, and obviously, there is a huge market for multiplayer-only games. But I really believe EA is mistaken if they think the average SimCity fan wants to play a SimCity game that cannot be completed except at the speed your friends are able to play with you.
No, SimCity’s primary demographic is the same crowd that likes Civilization, and let’s be real: Do any of you out there give a damn about Civilization’s various multiplayers? Other than as a neat optional feature, I mean? Hell no. You like the immersive micromanagement and modding, not the getting smoked online before you can advance out of the stone age. Likewise, people who play SimCity are going to get really goddamned bored when they can’t advance a critical project because someone running a city in their region has a project at work keeping them from being able to play.
Really, people want to play these kinds of games at their own pace, and at their own time, and the elimination of that option from SimCity is a crucial mistake. I won’t make specific predictions about the success or failure of SimCity, but if I were a betting man, I’d bet that it does not meet whatever expectations EA has set. However, if you think that SimCity’s mind-blowingly complex engine and very beautiful graphics make up for the fact that there won’t be any modding, and there won’t be a single player experience, then make a note: SimCity has a release date. Earlier this morning the SimCity team took to Twitter with the announcement:
Mayors! Mark your calendars, #SimCity will be in stores March 5th in NA. RT If you’re planning to take vacation that week to play.
There you go!