Before Maxis created the best selling PC franchise of all time in The Sims, their first claim to fame was Sim City. EA and Maxis used GDC this week to announce the next entry in the venerated franchise.
The newest Sim City was announced at Game Changers, an event at GDC that featured talks from director Davis Guggenheim, Twitter co-founder Biz Stone and charity: water CEO Scott Harrison. The focus was definitely on Sim City, however, and EA has big plants for the return of the city simulation series.
EA is claiming that the new Sim City is going to be the best one yet and a "rebirth of the franchise." It looks like most of the gameplay elements from previous games are still going to be there. There will be a few new additions that Sim City fans will either love or hate. The series will be introducing a consequence system based on player decisions. The choices that players make will determine the fate of the world, or just their city.
On top of the new gameplay, the game will also be running on a new engine called GlassBox. This new engine will allow everything in the game to be a sim. This means that Sims within your city will have separate lives that are impacted by the choices you make such as losing their jobs or buy homes.
“We’d like to thank the millions of fans who have helped make SimCity synonymous with the city-building genre. This is a franchise that means the world to us at Maxis and we’re happy to be bringing it back home where we are reimagining it for an entirely new generation of players,” said Lucy Bradshaw, Senior Vice President of EA’s Maxis Label. “Using our proprietary GlassBox Engine, SimCity for PC will equip players with the tools to play the most sophisticated simulation of its kind. We are dedicated to making sure the experience – no matter the platform – has the fun, flavor and playability that has been intrinsic to the franchise since its birth.”
The game will launch exclusively on the PC sometime in 2013. Right now, gamers can preorder the game through EA's Origin for some exclusive content. Hopefully EA and Valve can work out their problems so the game will see release on Steam as well.
Check out the first trailer for the game now and tell us what you think: