Oh look, you can have bigger cities in Sim City!

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When the new Sim City from EA and Maxis was released, it was an online-only game requiring a connection to EA’s servers to be played, even in single player. Users cried out for an offline mode, only to be told it was nigh impossible. And the modders proved it wasn’t.

Soon afterwards, Maxis admitted as much and even enabled offline play in a patch. That still doesn’t fix the game for may Sim city fans, who largely find the smaller cities a little inhibiting. It’s a pity that increasing the city size is impossible.

“After months of testing, I confirm that we will not be providing bigger city sizes,” Maxis’ Patrick Buechner said of the issue last year.  “The system performance challenges we encountered would mean that the vast majority of our players wouldn’t be able to load, much less play with bigger cities. We’ve tried a number of different approaches to bring performance into an acceptable range, but we just couldn’t achieve it within the confines of the engine.”

The engine itself is what’s limiting cities. Rather embarrassingly for Maxis, modders have once again done what Maxisn’t able to; bring larger cities to Sim City.

A new SimCity mod called Project Orion extends the boundaries of sole cities to 3km, about four times the size in the game without the mod. It’s available right now from Simtropolis (via VG247). It’s not perfect, and there are definitely a few issues that need working on – but it most certainly is possible.

Last Updated: August 28, 2014

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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