New SimCity Will Reticulate Your Splines in 2013
If, like me, you have fond memories of whiling away hours in SimCity 2000 – or, indeed, any of those lighthearted simulations with a ‘Sim-‘ on the front – you’ve got one more reason to pray that the Mayans got it wrong. Accompanied by the above trailer, Electronic Arts and Maxis have announced a new SimCity game at this year’s Game Developers Conference. As of now, there’s no word on whether this new title (which is already available for preorder on Origin) marks a reboot of the SimCity series, or if this game will slot into the lineup as SimCity 5. Either way, for those of you who might be concerned about whether the franchise’s trademark zany sense of humour is still alive and kicking, here’s a quote from Maxis Senior Vice President Lucy Bradshaw : “You never know when a giant lizard might just trundle around the corner and kick the buildings down.”
Welcome back, SimCity. We’ve missed you.
It’s nice to see Maxis back in action. They’ve been quiet since the release of Spore in 2008, and the last I heard of them concerned the departure of founder Will Wright a year after that. To this day, I maintain that SimCity 2000 (especially in tandem with its criminally underrated spinoff SimCopter) is one of the best games I’ve ever played. Good to have you back, Maxis; now, how about a SimCopter 2?