Just a few short months ago, one of the most anticipated releases in recent PC gaming history, SimCity, was marred by a crippling server outage that prevented players from accessing the entire game…multiplayer AND single player. Anger ensued.
Did EA learn their lesson regarding always-online DRM? Apparently yes, as it now seems that the upcoming The Sims 4 will not require players to be online in order to play the single player component.
“The Sims 4 celebrates the heart and soul of the Sims themselves, giving players a deeper connection with the most expressive, surprising and charming Sims ever in this single-player offline experience. The Sims 4 encourages players to personalize their world with new and intuitive tools while offering them the ability to effortlessly share their creativity with friends and fans.”
This is great news to those who went through the the SimCity fiasco. Even Will Wright, creator of both franchises, had something to say regarding the server outage: “That you charge somebody $60 for a game and they can’t play it. I can understand the outrage. If I was a consumer buying the game and that happened to me, I’d feel the same.”
The Sims 4 is currently scheduled for an unspecified 2014 release.
source | the guardian