SimCity does not require an always-on internet connection

Published on March 29th, 2012

SimCity does not require an always on internet connectionEA has clarified that SimCity will not require an always-on internet connection to play, contrary to reports published yesterday.

Yesterday’s reports claimed that an always-on connection was necessary due to “the game’s emphasis on multiplayer and regional impact, and the use of a global economy that all players can influence.”

Most, of course, simply saw it as a cackhanded attempt at DRM.

However, EA has since told GameSpy that these reports are inaccurate, and an internet connection will only be required to boot up the game. Players will not be kicked out if their connection drops while playing.

You’ll still need an Origin account to play it, though.

Always-on connection requirements have previously come under fire from PC gamers for being unfairly restrictive.

Ubisoft has infamously used the practice to combat piracy with some of its biggest PC releases, including Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood and Driver: San Francisco.

SimCity launches on PC next year.

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