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EA Says It Took Over Six Months To Make SimCity Work Offline

In the wake of yesterday's news that SimCity will be getting an offline version, EA has come out with a blog post explaining just how they made it happen—and how much effort that took.

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Saryk894d ago

Boo f'in Hoo. Should have never been added!

Yi-Long894d ago

Exactly. they created that 'problem' themselves. The community already said we didn't want all this Online MP DRM crap from the moment they announced it!

EA is going for a 3rd win in a row, when it comes to worst companies....

pwnsause_returns894d ago

they should, they influenced MS to go ahead with all of this DRM crap..

Imalwaysright894d ago

They don't need MS help to implement DRM. I have no idea why people believe that 3rd party publishers were the reason why MS was going to implement DRM.

-Foxtrot894d ago

@pwnsause_returns

I think Microsoft influenced them to be honest, before the game came out they must of known about the Xbox One and it's DRM policies, things which EA must of liked especially when they had deals going on about TitanFall, so I think EA decided to add it into SimCity because they thought we'd be living in a DRM only place now.

I think it's what made them sign the deal about TitanFall being an exclusive. They thought Microsoft was going to kill Sony in sales with the Xbox One and they also thought Microsoft would be able to staple DRM and other policies EA liked down as a standard with this gen

However unlucky for EA they bet on the wrong horse.

just-joe894d ago

Took the words right out of my mouth.

DragonKnight894d ago

That's funny, because hackers were able to do it in a day. They had the game working offline for 20 minutes before the SimCity online check timer activated.

I guess EA really is full of incompetence.

brish894d ago

I wonder if EA is intentionally trying to get worst company in america again?!

Either way I think they're going to win!

SirBradders894d ago

Bad publicity is still publicity my friend.

Crazyglues894d ago

@ SirBradders

Not when the publicity is "don't buy this game"

ambientFLIER894d ago (Edited 894d ago )

Is it too much to ask you guys to actually read the article before commenting? Or are you only here to troll and bash without any regard for facts?

"So yes, while someone was able to remove the 'time check' shortly after launch, they were unable to perform key actions like communicating with other cities that they had created locally, or with the rest of their region(s), or even saving the current state of their cities."

The problem is obviously NOT the drm check in...it's how your city affects others in offline mode.

hesido894d ago

First of all, they could have made the online portion opt-in. The way they designed it forced everybody to go online, even required the game to be saved online. I'm also told the cities are a 9th size of Simcity 4.

They made online an integral part of running the game without apparent benefits. And it may be true that removing that thing may have required some effort, but an opt-in online with cloud saves as enhancement would not have necessarily increased the development by 6 months compared to tightly integrating online for the sake of DRM and then having to remove it while making sure you haven't screwed up, the latter is obviously harder. But it shouldn't have to be removed at the first place.

DragonKnight894d ago

The point was that offline was working before EA did anything about it. What this article really is is EA saying it took them 6 months so create a save ability and adjust communications. That's still pathetic and wouldn't have taken a hacker 6 months to accomplish.

It's bullsh*t pure and simple.

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NYC_Gamer894d ago

EA is one of the worst publishers around and they have always done shady business tactics/treated customers like shit.

Han_Nolo894d ago

I'm not entirely sold on the whole "too late for that" argument, but I do believe that if they were working on it all of this time then they should have announced that it would be an added feature eventually. But I guess the only concern here is monetary. Jerks.

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