After almost ten years since the last SimCity game was released (SimCity 4 – 2003), Maxis and EA have today announced the newest entry in the franchise: SimCity.
Making the announcement during the Game Changers event at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, Lucy Bradshaw, senior VP of Maxis (the developer behind the franchise), stated that the game is slated for release in 2013 for PC. Powered by Maxis’ proprietary GlassBox Engine, it will be the first fully 3D version of the game, and it was hinted that players would be connected globally for the first time in a SimCity game. That connectivity will allow decisions made by each each player to potentially affect other players games by way of effects such as climate change, the search for renewable resources and natural disasters. Everything in the world that you can see will be simulated even down to each Sim having a job or losing it, buying homes, helping the economy or being a drain on it.
It’s sure to be just as addictive as the other games in the series, and we will be sure to post more information in the future as it comes to hand. In the mean time here are a couple of concept art shots from Maxis, as well as a teaser trailer for the game.