SimCity To Offer Sandbox Mode For Freeform Creativity
Anyone who’s ever played SimCity or its sequels can attest to cheating in the game and building a city of one’s dreams without adhering to the game’s draconian rules and economics. They aren’t always the easiest to grasp, and they certainly get in the way of having fun.
Word that the upcoming SimCity would require an always-online connection brought fears that the game would force players to play “as the developers intended”—which is to say, with rules, and without the ability to play the game as you please.
Today, the game’s lead gameplay scripter Guillaume Pierre announced that SimCity will offer a sandbox mode for players to do as they like with their cities.
He explained on the game’s official blog: “Choosing to set a new region in sandbox mode is like entering a gentler version of SimCity. Each city starts with a truck-load of Simoleons, with the possibility to add more via a key press, and although the simulation functions just like in the regular game, certain “pushback” systems can be toggled on and off at any time. Say you don’t want fires to burn down your beautifully-planned suburb? It’s as easy as hitting “Alt F” on your keyboard to eliminate all fires. Don’t want earthquakes or meteors to strike in the middle of your downtown? Just press “Alt D” and you’ll be safe from all disasters!”
The developer added that playing in sandbox mode opts you out of SimCity’s competitive aspects, and a few of its social ones. You won’t be able to earn achievements, participate in challenges or show up on the leaderboards while in this mode. However, you’ll still be able to participate in cooperative play with others in this mode.
“Region play and chat with friends for the social players, screenshot and video capture for the story-tellers, and a remarkable learning opportunity for beginning players,” he wrote.
“With all the buildings in the game unlocked from the get-go, sandbox mode is going to be a terrific way to explore the content the game has to offer, study the best way to lay out your city in a care-free environment, and test out strategies before applying them for a challenge or to climb up the leaderboards in the regular game.”