SimCity’s Launch Woes Inspired The Sims 4 to be Playable Offline
SimCity suffered from a troubled launch due to its always-online requirement. The debacle of the game’s launch has since inspired EA Games to rethink their online strategy, which is evident in their decision to make The Sims 4 playable offline.
“In the last few months, we have started making changes to the business practices that gamers clearly don’t like,” Gibeau said in an interview with VentureBeat. “In the spring, we dropped our online pass program for consoles – both next-generation and current-generation.
“We listened to the feedback on SimCity and decided that The Sims 4 would be built as a single-player, offline experience. We announced some new intellectual properties at E3 and will unveil more new games in the months ahead.”
Gibeau noted however that in spite of the launch difficulties, SimCity has been doing quite well, selling over 2 million copies to date. “The number of people logging in and playing is holding steady. SimCity is a success,” said Gibeau. “However, underestimating demand in the first month was a major miss. We hope that the game and the service we’ve provided since then meets the fans’ high standards.”
A recent EA survey hinted that SimCity might be playable offline in future.
The Sims 4 will be revealed at Gamescom later this year.