Forbes - Electronic Arts is offering patient SimCity mayors who have stuck with EA Maxis through thick and thin (not that retailers allow you to return PC games these days) with a selection of free digital games. One of those games is none other than SimCity 4 Deluxe Edition, an offline, DRM-free game that doesn’t force players to remain online to play single player. It’s a bit ironic that EA is offering this game to fans who have been begging for the game developer to deliver an offline experience for the new SimCity 5 game (EA gave up on numbers with this latest sequel).
SimCity 4 Deluxe Edition, which retails for $20 on Steam, comes with SimCity 4 and the Rush Hour expansion. These games date back to 2003, long before DRM was something that publishers resorted to as a must-have for PC games like Blizzard Entertainment’s Diablo III. So gamers are getting an offline SimCity experience, but missing out on over a decade of technological advances and the new Glassbox engine.