Published on March 6th, 2012 | by Cameron Woolsey

EA Announces the Return of SimCity

During GDC 2012 EA and Maxis let the sim cat out of the bag: SimCity will return to the PC in 2013. This “rebirth” of the over 20-year old franchise will come complete with multiplayer, allowing players to build cities together.The game will be powered by the Glassbox Engine which will breathe new life into the Sims, who will have jobs, lose jobs, and buy homes, basically becoming just as essential to your city’s economy as that nosy advisor who always shot down my “build a transformer out of skyscrapers” idea. It can work, and besides, it’s my city and I can do what I want with it, damn it.

“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 reimagining 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, flavour and playability that has been intrinsic to the franchise since its birth.”

This will be the first new SimCity since SimCity 4 hit the PC back in 2003. Those who pre-order the game on EA’s Origin will receive SimCity Heroes & Villains content “eaturing a battle between Maxis Man and his longtime nemesis Evil Dr. Vu.”

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