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It's Official: SimCity Returns to the PC in 2013

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SimCity returns to the PC in 2013 with a multiplayer, social element.

Electronic Arts and Maxis Emeryville announced on Wednesday that the SimCity franchise is making a return to the PC in 2013. They call it a "true rebirth" of the franchise (AKA reboot) that will break new ground next year by implementing a "robust" multiplayer mode so that players can change the world together. Those who pre-order the game today (yep, already) on Origin will receive SimCity Heroes & Villains content featuring a battle between Maxis Man and his longtime nemesis Evil Dr. Vu.

Sounding almost MMO-ish and social in nature, the new SimCity entry uses the studio's proprietary GlassBox Engine which can create a world where anything can be simulated. According to Maxis, sims in each city will have jobs or can lose them, buy homes, be prosperous or be an economic drain on the city. Thus, whatever the choices the player makes will affect the character of his/her city, the state of the region and fellow players within the entire SimCity world.

"With its return in 2013, SimCity will engage an entirely new generation of PC gamers as they take charge of their own customized cities and build a world that co-exists alongside friends," EA and Maxis state in a press release. "For the first time in SimCity franchise history, players’ decisions will have long-lasting repercussions that will extend beyond their city limits. Together, players will address real global challenges such as climate change, the search for renewable resources and natural disasters.  It’s up to the players to decide whether to compete or collaborate to shape the world of tomorrow – for better or for worse."

The SimCity city-building franchise originally crashed the PC gaming scene in 1989 with the launch of the original SimCity title, captivating more than 30 million players worldwide. Maxis followed up with SimCity 2000, Sim City 3000 and SimCity Societies on the PC while also producing numerous versions for game consoles, handhelds and even iOS. Needless to say, the SimCity franchise has been a huge cash cow for EA and Maxis for more than two decades.

"We’d like to thank the millions of fans who have helped make SimCity synonymous with the city-building genre. This is a franchise that means the world to us at Maxis and we’re happy to be bringing it back home where we are re-imagining it for an entirely new generation of players," said Lucy Bradshaw, Senior Vice President of EA’s Maxis Label. "Using our proprietary GlassBox Engine, SimCity for PC will equip players with the tools to play the most sophisticated simulation of its kind. We are dedicated to making sure the experience – no matter the platform – has the fun, flavor and playability that has been intrinsic to the franchise since its birth." 

For more information about the new SimCity title, head here. The launch trailer, along with a screenshot and a piece of concept art, are available below.

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    Trueno07 , March 7, 2012 6:26 PM
    crysexanother boring game... Don't waste your money, investors.


    Are you 5? Do you have any idea the importance of SimCity in the gaming world?
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    JasonAkkerman , March 7, 2012 6:22 PM
    WHY???? Origin ????
    Still... I am looking forward to this title. I have loved a lot of the SimCity titles over the years. Cities XL just doesn't do it.
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    FlayerSlayer , March 7, 2012 7:03 PM
    So since this is EA / Origin, expect several conflicting and mutually exclusive pre-order bonuses, expect Day 1 DLC offers, expect content withheld from you unless you pay more (even though it's on the disc), expect a collector's edition, expect promotional content that will only be available in some regions, expect tie in products like art books and mobile games you'll need to buy to get in-game content for the PC, expect to be nickeled and dimed every couple months for years to come, and expect to NEVER actually have the whole game until you've been bled dry.
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    JasonAkkerman , March 7, 2012 6:22 PM
    WHY???? Origin ????
    Still... I am looking forward to this title. I have loved a lot of the SimCity titles over the years. Cities XL just doesn't do it.
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    stormblade42 , March 7, 2012 6:23 PM
    Looking forward to it :) 
  • 21 Hide
    Trueno07 , March 7, 2012 6:26 PM
    crysexanother boring game... Don't waste your money, investors.


    Are you 5? Do you have any idea the importance of SimCity in the gaming world?
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    Anonymous , March 7, 2012 6:27 PM
    Can not wait! I still play simcity 4 :D 

    If this takes SimCity back to the days it was great, then I might like EA again...maybe. They still lack quality over quantity.
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    Anonymous , March 7, 2012 6:29 PM
    Just creamed my pants.
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    Lord Captivus , March 7, 2012 6:37 PM
    JasonAkkermanWHY???? Origin ????Still... I am looking forward to this title. I have loved a lot of the SimCity titles over the years. Cities XL just doesn't do it.

    You are absolutely right! Didn’t like Cities XL.
    Hope this game is more complex than Cities XL, like older SimCity.
    Please don’t ruin the game but dedicating more than 10% of your time designing the multiplayer options!
    PS: Nothing like having your residential area destroyed by Godzilla!! Die business man!! DIE!
  • 10 Hide
    nebun , March 7, 2012 6:38 PM
    they are making it for the PC because the old consoles can't handle it :) ....got to love it
  • 1 Hide
    NightLight , March 7, 2012 6:39 PM
    they should unite sim city & transport tycoon :D 
  • 10 Hide
    Lord Captivus , March 7, 2012 6:51 PM
    NightLightthey should unite sim city & transport tycoon

    Why not with SimAnt!!
  • 7 Hide
    Northwestern , March 7, 2012 6:54 PM
    Fuck Yes.
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    coreym72 , March 7, 2012 6:55 PM
    This was the reason for computers! Simulators...
    Flight Sim used to be a reason for wanting (possibly forcing) to upgrade hardware

    Sim City is worth the effort as well.
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    Anonymous , March 7, 2012 6:57 PM
    I'm ridiculously excited for this game
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    Anonymous , March 7, 2012 7:00 PM
    I still have the original Sim City 2000 with the large 100 page manual trying to explain how each unit works. I got bored of the game a year later after destroying a city repeatedly with every disaster scenario at the same time, and killing my 3.0ghz Pentium 4.
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    FlayerSlayer , March 7, 2012 7:03 PM
    So since this is EA / Origin, expect several conflicting and mutually exclusive pre-order bonuses, expect Day 1 DLC offers, expect content withheld from you unless you pay more (even though it's on the disc), expect a collector's edition, expect promotional content that will only be available in some regions, expect tie in products like art books and mobile games you'll need to buy to get in-game content for the PC, expect to be nickeled and dimed every couple months for years to come, and expect to NEVER actually have the whole game until you've been bled dry.
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    koga73 , March 7, 2012 7:05 PM
    I don't want this through Origin. Need it through Steam!
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    jaber2 , March 7, 2012 7:09 PM
    YAY, time to get my gear in order.
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    RealBeast , March 7, 2012 7:16 PM
    northwesternFuck Yes.

    That was my first thought too. :) 
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    alvinyang , March 7, 2012 7:37 PM
    Oh yeah. Finally, they are rebooting the great classic game. Hopefully, they'll make it like Simcity 4 and not try to make it "easier" for everyone like what they did with the Simcity Societies.
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