It used to be that you'd hide your pollution-producing power plant off in a filthy corner of your sprawling SimCity urban paradise, but the series' 2013 revival offers an alternative in multi-city play. In the above trailer's example, lead designer Stone Librande establishes a neighboring city to feed power to his glitzy, casino-laden tourist trap. No vacationer wants to see a smoke-belching coal plant next door to their holiday getaway.
The multi-city feature seems like a cool evolution of the SimCity framework. It's ultimately not so different from hiding a power plant away in a distant corner, but establishing another city means you're working with an entirely separate budget. Social gamers can even parcel out city management among friends. Every new peek at Maxis' return to SimCity looks better and better. The wait won't be much longer now either, with SimCity set to arrive on March 5, 2013.