Sim City is gaining a long awaited offline mode as a free download.
The most recent iteration of the city building franchise found itself at the centre of controversy since its launch in March 2013 for insisting that it was only possible to play the game with an internet connection.
Statements at the time were made that some of the title's computations were done on the cloud and that it would be impossible to run the game without an internet connection present. This was proved wrong by modders who were initially able to crack the game to get it to run offline, before EA patched that loophole.
In a blog post on EA's site, Maxis Emeryville studio general manager Patrick Beuchner stated that the team is wrapping up development on the offline mode and it will be released with update 10 for the game.
After the update, the game will still be playable in a multiplayer environment, but it will mean that your saved games can also be saved locally in the single player mode, something players have been demanding since release.
One of the motivations for working on the offline mode is also so Maxis can support the modding community.
'Modding is a big part of our studio’s legacy and we’re excited to see what you guys create,' said Beuchner. 'To get you started, we will be rolling out a series of tutorials from the studio that surfaces how we've created some of the content that you've seen so far in hopes of inspiring your creativity.'
Sim City hit several end-of-year lists for its bungled launch which saw widespread issues of server outages that further fuelled the frustration of no offline mode being present.