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SimCity Will Have an In-Game Store

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It’s been known for a while not that the upcoming SimCity will have always-on DRM, though it won’t force players to always play in multiplayer mode. That’s not ideal, and it will likely only end up frustrating users, the way Diablo III’s Error 37 did. If EA and Maxis can manage to provide robust support, though, the DRM is something most dedicated SimCity fans will learn to live with.

What SimCity fans might not be able to live with, however, is seeing content they believe should have come with the game locked away behind a micro-transaction paywall. A recently leaked SimCity game manual has hit the web, and NeoGAF user dmr87 spotted a section titled “SimCity Store.” The section, in its entirety:

Click the banner on the main menu to enter the SimCity store. Here, you’ll find special add-ons for sale. Select STORE to view the full list of additional game content (both free and paid) that can provide you with new gameplay possibilities.

That doesn’t reveal much about what the store will be, but a quick overview of EA’s recent business practices shows that the SimCity store will likely be similar to the store for Maxis’ The Sims 3. The “Digital Deluxe Upgrade Pack,” which adds European City Sets, will almost certainly be in the store on day one.

To be sure, SimCity is a type of game where a constant stream of new, inexpensive content might make sense. EA, though, is making a habit of placing in-game purchases in AAA games that might normally be considered complete. For example, Dead Space 3 will also have in-game micro-transactions for things such as weapon-crafting materials. That doesn’t necessarily mean the drop rate for materials in the game has been reduced to encourage sales, but such a conflict between good gameplay and micro-transaction sales outside of the free-to-play space is worrying.

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  • Jack

    as long as it’s pointless stuff like in sims 3, i don’t care, but if it’s stuff that affects gameplay ima be pissed.

  • Thomas Farrell

    I am a 20 year fan of Sim City and have already sadly decided that I am not getting it. This is not the direction I hoped the game would go in and I will no longer give my money to a company who is out to make an online only game. It may be the way of the future but this is one product I want to own myself and play when I want. I still play my SNES sim city and my 15 year old Sim City 3000. With DRM I know I won’t be able to play this one in 15 years.

  • josh

    why are people still whining about the online all the time feature. I think maxis messed up by not calling it simcity online at least that would keep all you would be simcity single player players out. lol this is simcity they want to take it in a new direction get on board or not. But stop complaining about it good god.

    • John Tremblay

      I think multilayer is great but a constant internet connection is not required for single player. You can call it whining if you like but those who have no intention of playing online or who live in remote sections of the country without broadband internet will simply pirate the game once the many many game crackers figure out a way to disable the always on nonsense.

      Greed is the only thing driving this decision. Instead of forcing online play why not work on ways to make people want to play online instead of, like you, saying it’s this way or the highway and if you don’t like it then suck a d#$k. Diablo 2 did it right by forcing two separate accounts, an online “cloud” account and a local account. I dabbled with D2 local and used editors to play around with builds but the fun was online with other people. With D2 you wanted to play online even though it was not a requirement.

    • John Tremblay

      BTW, they already killed the second hand market for video games by locking game keys to one user account which cannot be passed off to someone else. If that isn’t greed then I do not know what is.

  • jeremy

    i don’t mind the DRM always online so much but i am lucky to live in a city and have a great internet connection. however what i don’t like is when a game is released and the extra content is launched with it. so they had all this created for the game and released it with the game but kept it separate “pay to play” it to make even more money off this game..i was real excited to play a new sim city but now i am rethinking bothering..

  • Greg

    There is no doubt! I’m really excited for the game! Bought a whole knew gaming machine and can’t wait! But I certainly will be really upset if this game turns into a never ending server issue. I do understand like above maybe simulation games are becoming so powerful and the Internet is needed.. But what about when you don’t have access to the Internet? or for some no Internet at all? I just hope maxis really thought this out, cause It can make them extremely successful or turn simcity into s***city.

  • Greg

    There is no doubt! I’m really excited for the game! Bought a whole knew gaming machine and can’t wait! But I certainly will be really upset if this game turns into a never ending server issue. I do understand like above maybe simulation games are becoming so powerful and the Internet is needed.. But what about when you don’t have access to the Internet? or for some no Internet at all? I just hope maxis really thought this out, cause It can make them extremely successful or turn simcity into s***city. And do feel everyone’s concern

  • Hm…

    Here is the sad reality. Beginning with the “online pass codes” used for console gaming, producers have moved toward ways to charge customers to keep money coming in even after they have already purchased the game. Here is the way I look at it: Yes, it’s shady, yes, it’s annoying, but everyone is going to do it. Personally, I will “suck it up.” If there is an item that I am interest in purchasing for a dollar or two, I probably will. As more developers implement this, I will be forced to purchase less games, as I can only invest so much into gaming. However, I’ll come out even. I will cut a game or two, and be able to purchase extras for games that I like to play the most. Don’t get upset about this, because everybody is going to do it.

  • Robert

    I’ll pay $100 for a great game, but don’t charge me $60 and then bug me 40 times to spend an extra $1 to unlock something!

  • John

    I’m in the same boat, I was going to buy the game and now I’m not. Sad because I love this franchise. But, the only way they’ll see they can’t do this to us if if we don’t pay up. It’s too bad.

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