Maxis boss seeks to clarify extent of game’s internet requirements
Discussion about Maxis’s new SimCity game quickly derailed from talk about the game’s features to the game’s always-on DRM in an Ask Me Anything session on Reddit with the dev team.
Diving right into the issue, Reddit user human_error asked, “What will happen to the game if I am playing and lose my internet connection – will the game still be playable and update the servers when my internet connection resumes or will it pause and wait for the connection?”
In response, SimCity senior producer Kip Katsarelis (MaxisKip) answered, “I actually just ran over to our online engineering team to get the latest info. We do handle ‘short’ internet outages gracefully. Meaning, if your internet goes out while you’re logged in and playing the game, we can recover gracefully. You shouldn’t notice a thing. ‘Short’ is still being defined.”
Bringing up the issue of spotty or limited internet, frymaster asked, “Surely it must be possible to enable offline play for those without reliable internet?”
Katsarelis replied, “We’re well aware of the issues you mention. Low bandwidth, spotty internet connections, monthly caps. We’ve built our server infrastructure with this in mind. For example, we will support short periods of internet loss and giving player’s options on upload caps. Probably doesn’t satisfy all of your concerns, but we are aware of the issues and aiming to make it a great experience.”
The majority of the AMA session devolved into one where most of the users showed their disdain for the always-on DRM that, back in March, EA had revealed would be required for the game. SimCity will also be Origin-exclusive, another sour point for many of the fans of the franchise.
Since the announcement, Maxis has defended its position on the matter citing that the game was built from the ground up as a multiplayer experience.
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