When you think about Maxis, it's pretty easy to think of The Sims. However, the famed studio would have never made The Sims if not for its previous blockbuster franchise, SimCity. The original SimCity is almost 20 years old and has spawned three sequels on the PC, the last of which appeared in early 2003. So when EA and Maxis announced SimCity Societies earlier this summer, it brought the long drought for a new SimCity game to an end. But from the get-go, it was made clear that Societies isn't a "traditional" SimCity game by any means. GameSpot finally got their hands on a work-in-progress version of the game to discover the changes.