SimCity modder enables indefinite offline play

Video shows freeway editing outside boundries

A modder claims to have circumvented the persistent internet connection required to play EA's SimCity

SimCity launched a little over a week ago, along with the revelation that the player must be constantly connected to the internet it order to play. Unsurprisngly, EA's server's weren't up to the task and gamers got a little flustered over the issue.

Now, a modder claims to have altered the game to allow you to build your city in peace. The modder AzzerUk posted a video on Reddit that shows him playing in the game's debug mode.

"You can edit the highways ANYWHERE - even outside of your city boundary... and even if you quit the game and log back in later, it's all saved safely on the server," he posts.

According to the video, the modder plays offline for longer than the established 20 minutes - but the lack of a connection does have inevitable drawbacks. If you want to save the game, you'll have to reconnect to the EA servers.

EA hasn't commented on the news, but the publisher has been on the receiving end of some pretty heavy criticism for requiring a constant internet connection to play the game. The company even agreed to give away a free game to make up for the troubled launch.

Developer Maxis insists the always-online nature of the game was its doing.

"I'd like to say that it's not fair — that the game score shouldn't be punished for a server problem. But it is fair. SimCity is an online game and critics and consumers have every right to expect a smooth experience from beginning to end," Maxis' general manager Lucy Bradshaw said in a leaked memo.

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