Modder, UKAzzer shows Reddit how to play SimCity Offline.
Since it’s launch, the biggest complaint about SimCity has been it’s always online mode. Whether it be as an intended part of the gameplay design as Maxis and EA state, or just an attempt to hide DRM behind a “feature” of the game, one thing is certain. The inability to play SimCity offline has hurt a lot of players’ experiences with the game.
Of course, it stands to reason that some gamers would take things into their own hands and many stated that someone would have a workaround in no time.
It appears they were right.
Modder UKAzzer recently posted a YouTube video on Reddit showing him poking around in SimCity’s debug mode. He discovered that this mode would allow him to do things such as edit the highways that connect the cities outside of the boundaries, eliminating the “too small” feeling that a lot of players have complained about.
UKAzzer also modded the population count — something else players have complained about — to show the real population instead of the “fluffed” count that exists in the game.
Yes! Okay, the part you people really want. (But admit it, that other stuff is pretty cool too.) UKAzzer figured out how to disable SimCity’s disconnection timer and set it to unlimited to prevent the game from kicking you out after about 20 minutes of offline play.
He does note that there are some things you won’t be able to do in this mode. Region features aren’t available and if you want to save your city you will have to connect to the servers.
Eurogamer contacted EA about this and unfortunately just got a reply saying that the company doesn’t comment on rumors.
Of course, it’s pretty safe to assume that the devs are already looking at how to fix this. But, even if they do, it does prove that even in a limited capacity, the game can be played without going online.