I’m sad about this news, I would prefer bigger cities over offline mode!
“After months of testing, I confirm that we will not be providing bigger city sizes. The system performance challenges we encountered would mean that the vast majority of our players wouldn’t be able to load, much less play with bigger cities. We’ve tried a number of different approaches to bring performance into an acceptable range, but we just couldn’t achieve it within the confines of the engine. We’ve chosen to cease work on bigger city sizes and put that effort into continuing to evolve the core game and explore an offline mode. Some of the experiments we conducted to improve performance on bigger cities will be rolled into future updates to improve overall game performance.”
Full article: http://www.ign.com/articles/2013/10/04/simcity-offline-mode-being-explored-but-bigger-cities-wont-happen
Thanks @beyondsims for letting me know about this!
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