SimCity has been announced at the 2012 Game Developers Conference. The game, developed by EA’s Maxis Emeryville studio will land on store shelves in 2013 for the PC. Watch the SimCity trailer now to take a look at the game in action.
SimCity will allow players to create their own immersive worlds in any way that they envision. You'll get to customize buildings and unlock additional gameplay benefits by experimenting with how you place everything. As you complete missions, better building will unlock so that you can truly create the city of your dreams.
In order to facilitate that, SimCity is also introducing new enhanced design tools like curvy roads and zoning. You'll also be able to specialize in a specific industry. If you want your city to welcome tourists then maybe you'll build a casino resort. Or, if you want to become an educational enclave then maybe you'll invest in schools. Your specialization will influence the look, feel, and core personality of your city, according to EA
For the first time ever, SimCity will also feature a multiplayer aspect, where you'll have to work together with friends to build an entire region. The cities in the region will interact with one another, and you can choose whether you want to be a good neighbor or a bad neighbor. You'll be able to team up and share resources to accomplish goals, and you'll also be able to participate in global challenges to unlock a trophy.
SimCity will run on brand new GlassBox engine. GlassBox is, "the revolutionary simulation technology that gives you the power to impact individual Sims lives, manage city level simulation, and balance multiple city simulations at once," said EA.
Every Sim in SimCity will have a home to go to, a job, and stores to shop in with the help of GlassBox's fascinating technology. Sims in SimCity will speak to you directly, and you can complete their pledges to unlock rewards and achievement points. But the more you give, the more they'll ask for.
I for one can't wait to check out more details on SimCity. When we hear anything else about the game we'll be sure to let you know. While you wait for the game's release, why not check out the first ever SimCity video?