A tech enthusiast has modified his version of SimCity to allow several online-only features to be playable offline.
While the general manager of SimCity studio Maxis recently said that the game could only be playable offline "without a significant amount of engineering work by our team", one coding enthusiast seems to have achieved the feat from the client side.
The modder said it was possible to enable the game's debug mode with "a little bit of package editing within SimCity and a little playing about in the code".
They posted on Reddit: "I also modded out the disconnect timer (can now play "offline" indefinitely - but no saves/syncs or region related stuff, not yet anyway... but the simulation can carry on with no connection indefinitely).
"Most developer debug features are disabled without having an actual developer's build (they have terraforming tools etc. available in the full developer build!), but a few things do still work - including editing the main highways.
"Not only that - but you can edit the highways ANYWHERE - even outside of your city boundary... and even if you quit the game and log back in later, it's all saved safely on the server."
Over the weekend, EA offered a free game to SimCity customers as compensation for the connection issues which have prevented users from accessing gameplay following the title's launch last Tuesday in US.