SimCity Update Re-Enables Social Features and Cheetah Mode

Maxis has released a new update to SimCity that brings the return of achievements, Cheetah mode, and other temporarily removed features back to the game. The aforementioned features were removed for a time being during the game’s launch to help ease the strain on the servers until they could be better optimized.

In addition to the return of the game’s social features, Maxis has finally removed the training mission requirement so players will not have to endure the lengthy single-player intro each time they move to a new server.

Finally, the new update optimizes the game for all machines. Here’s everything it does:

Turned regional Achievements back on!
We are now prioritizing games with available slots in the “Join Game” menu in the front end
Update so players will go through the Getting Started Scenario only once. They will see the Play menus when they switch servers
Fix for a gameplay crash
UI improvement: Increased time showing system alerts for readability
Graphics: shader change to improve look of walls and parking lots
It’s now easier to place airport runways
Budget transaction optimization to increase performance
Update of Buffers on buildings to save memory
Performance improvement for lower end machines

Servers
DB performance upgrades to increase response time.

To download the update, simply log into the game as normal.

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3 Comments on SimCity Update Re-Enables Social Features and Cheetah Mode

David

On March 17, 2013 at 4:36 am

They still need to fix the pathing AI. Really makes it unnecessary hard to manage a city when it reaches such high congestion.

Micah

On March 17, 2013 at 8:29 am

The patch did none of the visible things mentioned.

Achievements – Still off
Multiplayer – Still shows full games first
Tutorial – Still needs plaed on every server

Cheetah mode was never mentioned in the patch notes. And has not been turn back on.

Micah

On March 17, 2013 at 8:53 am

Any reason my post was deleted? The patch was pushed out yesterday. I just mentioned that it did not fixed the things mentioned in the patch notes. And also Cheetah mode is not patch of this patch roll out.