Maxis has finally released an update enabling SimCity owners to play the game offline.
Since its release in March 2013, SimCity owners have needed a permanent internet connection to play the game.
During a turbulent launch period, server issues forced players offline and rendered the game near unplayable.
At the time, Maxis Label general manager Lucy Bradshaw stated in a tweet that an offline version of SimCity was "just not possible".
But in January 2014, Maxis Emeryville general manager Patrick Buechner confirmed that an offline mode was in the works. "In Update 10, you can still play solo in Regions on your own, or in Multiplayer with people from around the world," he explained.
The update began rolling out at 6am PDT (1pm UK) on Tuesday, when Maxis said game servers would be unavailable for a few hours during deployment.
The studio also released a SimCity offline FAQ and the following patch notes:
SimCity Single-Player Mode:
- Enables Offline Play.
- Single-Player Mode includes multi-city play, regional interdependence, and city specialization. Regions are saved locally and there is no limit on number of save games.
- Autosave can be disabled in Single-Player Mode in order for players to experiment and load their regions at a previous save point.
- Save As a copy feature. Players can make copies of their regions at multiple save points.
- Optimizations in the simulator to improve performance of both Multiplayer and Single-Player Mode.
- Friends Search now uses the Origin friend search.