Say Goodbye to Productivity Next Year: SimCity Returns For 2013

By Sam Gibbs on at

I spent literally months playing SimCity 2000 as a kid. I never was particularly good at it, but the ability to wield God-like city-building powers was just too irresistible to put down. Arguably the Sim franchise went off-the-boil a tad after SimCity 3000. Thankfully EA’s put Maxis back on the case, and we’re getting the most realistic SimCity yet that’s going back to its roots on the PC.

The next-generation SimCity will be the first released since SimCity 4 back in 2003 and will apparently be packed to the rafters with current-day issues. That probably means environmental challenges like climate change; renewable energy; floods; earthquakes, and the odd spot of wind here and there.

There will also be online features, like neighbouring cities affecting each other, and players fighting to be crowned the fittest, the cleanest, the greenest or the dirtiest cities in the Sim-world. You’ll also have new dynamics based around industry and its consequence to deal with. For example, if you decide to send your precious town-folk to down the mines, you’ll have to pack the place out with decent hospitals to keep your workforce from kicking the bucket.

Thankfully, the odd monster or two like Godzilla will still be around to pay you a visit from time to time, so it won’t be all real-world boring stuff you’ll have to deal with. I can’t wait to get my mitts on this, but it won’t be available until 2013, so for the time being it’s back to SimCity Deluxe on the iPad for me. [Reuters]