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New SimCity Will Possibly Have Always-Online DRM


While SimCity was announced a long time ago and was making a glorious comeback with the efforts of Maxis it seems that the game is already doomed to failure and hate even before the game has been launched. It has just come to light that the New SimCity Will Possibly Have Always-Online DRM, A developer from Maxis Studios made an AmAA (Ask me Almost Anything) which he thought would end differently but in the end he ended up alerting everyone in the thread about the games DRM, similar  to that of Diablo 3 you are REQUIRED to do everything with an internet connection active INCLUDING saving,

Things took a turn for the worst when A Maxis developer revealed that the New SimCity Will Possibly Have Always-Online DRM, saving will even require internet.

Today was not a good day for the people over at Maxis studios. Today one of the employees went over to reddit and made a thread titled: We are the SimCity dev team from Maxis. AMAA! but things soon got from good to bad once the question of DRM came to light to which the dev team replied that the game will follow the “always online” DRM technique similar to that of Diablo 3.

This single comment sums up the thoughts of all the gamers as you can see there are many people who are definitely very upset by this move. This type of Draconian DRM is absolutely unacceptable in the modern day of gaming, I understand EA wishes to protect their interests and reduce piracy on such a game but for them to escalate to such heights is absolutely unacceptable to where they end up causing more inconvenience to the consumer than they are to the pirates. Ubisoft tried many forms of DRM and ultimately succumbed to the PC world without DRM and made some great games like Assassins Creed 3 and Far Cry 3 have superior PC versions without any form of DRM and each have had great success in terms of PC. For EA to take the road less traveled and not learn from the mistakes of others would be highly foolish of them.

Here are all of the complaints of all the people in above mentioned link:

“Please just make it playable offline -___-“ -PumpkinLatte

“This is why people make cracks and sales get barfed over to TPB.” -secretchimp

“Being required to stay online to save a game is so stupid. There are many other consumer friendly DRM alternatives.” -drylube

“Always-online DRM is a slap in the face of any franchise’s fan. It’s like putting a security guard to explicitly follow a customer…” -goldensox

“I would love good city builder but I refuse to support extreme DRM abuse.” -Namell

“yeah i would 100% pay for this game if […] it only had the gentle steam drm.” -RatherDashing

“…this kind of DRM is completely unacceptable to gamers. I am a huge simcity fan…. but hearing this news is a completely turnoff. I refuse to be punished for purchasing a game…” -terrific_happy

“It doesnt matter, I am not going to buy the game if this might cause me problems, so I want to know the answer.” -shooptek

“I don’t care how good of a game it is, this question will decide whether I buy it or not.” -PersonPersona

“…it just doesn’t make sense that a company is so deaf to their hardcore fans opinions.” -Metallican

“The option to play online is AWESOME, but being forced to have an internet connection to play… is that really something that enhances the player experience?” -badpersonlivingbadly

“why the need to FORCE this type of gameplay? multiplayer should be optional, there are many people that just want to build cities by themselves… i seriously don’t understand this decision.” -xYOLOSWAG4JESUS420x

“But it’s definitely bothersome that I can’t choose to make a single-player region and keep it offline, with or without cloud saves.” -payco

“I don’t think I’ll be buying this game if you can’t play it offline…” -Bloodyfinger

“You just lost a lot of customers.” -evilbob

“…I will not support this type of DRM…” -nhepner

“This is total bullshit and why people pirate games.” -RandomLego

“Sorry, I’m not going to play your game then – Why? This is DRM, it’s being forced on me and it’s completely unnecessary.” -coniferous1

“I dont have a problem with DRM, but requiring an internet connection is a deal breaker for many people, myself included.” -Idmorul

“I’ve been a fan of SimCity since I bought the very first version on floppy disk. I was hoping to be able to play the new SimCity while on the go, traveling by train or airplane. :/” -xippilli

“Ditto to all the other comments; I’m out. No to always-on internet connectivity required DRM.” -dasinternet

“I am not buying this game unless it can be initiated and played offline.” -apos

“Online-only DRM? You have chosen…poorly” -Doctor_Insano_PhD

“I won’t be playing your game if I can’t play it offline. It’s a shame too because it looks really fun.” -Milol

“A singleplayer city building game does not require an internet connection.” -dt_vibe

“This is fucking bullshit and that’s all I needed to know to stop reading this AMA. You are pulling a diablo 3 singleplayer. Completely unnecessary […] Skipping this one…” -andrewhl2

“Go tell your DRM team that they just lost another sale. I know it isn’t your fault, I know if you guys had a choice it wouldn’t be this way…but let them know. Show them this thread if you have to, say “this is what paying customers think about your DRM.”” -InfamousBLT

“Is there a “sunset clause” in the TOS somewhere that says that someday, a few years from now, when the game servers are shut down, that there will be a means to continue playing the game afterwards, perhaps via a patch? Because if there isn’t, I can promise you I will never spend money on this game.” -Philo_T_Farnsworth

“You’re making a decision that is actively hostile to your customers. Please rethink it.” -Aiede

“I’ll be pirating your game in that case.” -battlemetal

“Please tell your whole team that I will never pay money for a game that should be playable offline, but requires a connection. Never, ever, ever.” -offguard

“I work on an offshore oil rig with limited internet. I will not purchase a game with this type of DRM. I had been really excited to buy this game, but now I’m not.” -combatmedic79

“Didn’t work for Diablo 3 not going to work for you. Sorry, just lost a buyer.” -Bidwell64

“If anything, it gives people a reason who have any issue(s) with the DRM to seek out a pirated solution.” -notcaffeinefree

“Great, not buying your game. Thanks for the honesty but DRM is a deal breaker. Oh well, I’ll go play something else (likely from another publisher).” -Rhakan

“And you wonder why People pirate games when you have utterly ridiculous DRM like this.” -nimie

“Wow…. That sucks.” -chewp911

“Sorry Maxis, my childhood was your games, but I will have to pass on this one.” -bigger_higger

minutes? Thanks but no thanks. I’ll spend my hard earned money on something else. “ -jojotv

“…deliberately preventing players from saving their cities offline is insulting to a long-standing, dedicated and loyal fanbase that deserves more respect…” -Eunomiac

“Sorry, add me to the list of not buying this game..” -ThatFuckinGuy-

“If I buy the game, it should be mine.” -Griffun

“I don’t buy games that I don’t own. It’s as simple as that.” -ArthurTrollington

“…I can’t support crap as hell DRM and stupid business decisions like this.” -Mattaro

“Was super excited, probably not going to buy it now… DRM is a fact of life and I’m ok with that, always online DRM hurts you AND us.” -MeMoosta

“I think it’s absolutely ridiculous that EA hates its customers this much, and has literally no idea what they want…” -TamponTunnel

“If a game requires me to be online all the time to play it, sorry, I can’t get behind buying it.” -BrewerPhil

“Going to be brutally honest, I reckon this will turn away about 1/4 of the people who were planning to buy it, me included.” -richardcook

“…my heart cried out in despair when I learned that you plan on making it rely on the worst DRM method ever, and we can’t have offline single-player. I’m sorry, but I won’t be paying money for a game that does that.” -FixLag

“If you have DRM and DLC like the Sims 3 I won’t touch your product!” -koolplatinum

“Sim City now requires a constant internet connection? What the fuck for?” -Cabana

“You don’t force a strong community, the strong community comes if the game is worth it.” -kissapuu

“This the #1 concern that would stop me from buying what looks like an otherwise excellent game.” -rustypig

“I will NOT buy this game so long as you have to get it through origin and have an internet connection. It won’t happen, and I’m not alone.” -Jaerdo

“There are only downsides for consumers, no upsides. This is why always-on DRM should be frowned upon and killed.” -_Wolfos

“I will absolutely not purchase this game if it requires an always-on connection through Origin. I will not purchase this game if it acts as a limited time “license” of the game either. It’s either my game and I can play it with some interruption of internet connection, or I’m not buying it.” -throwmeawayout

The SC5 model: lock people into a social network, pressure them into keeping up with their peers who have the latest expansion packs, and thus constantly invasively suggest they buy expansions via this soft incompatibility. I will not buy SimCity. -somersetbingo

“I too will not be paying for this game due to Origin and DRM.” -Zaxer

“I will not be purchasing this game if it requires the constant connection. I am a fan of the franchise, but not of the DRM movement.” -rubberbabybugybumper

“I have been playing Sim City since the 5.25 inch disk days. But I won’t play a game that demands a persistent Internet connection.” -Cramulus

“…all these horror stories about Origin has caused me to completely avoid their games.” -Liquid_Feces

“I don’t buy anything with ea on it anymore. Sorry to developers, its not you its the company you keep.” -DeathHaze420

“I grew up on Sim City. My dad taught me to play it when floppies were still actually floppy…. Sadly, will not be getting this one if online only persists.” -cass314

“I, too, will be passing on this because of the required internet connection and Origin. Pass that along to your superiors.” -jefferytaylor

“I don’t want to go online to play. I don’t want a social aspect to it. I just want to build cities.” -240ZT

“I had intended to purchase this game but after […] seeing I must be online I have to pass out of principle. […] I had no idea things have gotten so bad in the gaming world….” -Jwaness

“No gamer likes this kind of thing.” -Bob_The_Avenger

“…this is a very restrictive move… surely it must be possible to enable offline play for those without reliable internet?” -frymaster

“I know you all have limited control over this decision, but I urge you to push for an offline option.” -Nyxalith

“…whoever made that decision just lost a very excited customer.” -HoffmanMyster

“I won’t get this edition if it requires origin and always on internet.” -Maxion

“there’s absolutely no reason for it to require internet access. Prove me wrong?” -bekindeverytime

“We pc gamers want 2 things: No DRM and the ability to mod our games. This is not new information!!” -Alexanderh86

“I was really excited about this game until I learned about the internet connection requirement. As much as I realize EA doesn’t care, they’ve lost a potential customer.” -mathgod

“I will be passing on this game massively in part due to the always online origin requirement.” -dsi1

“I have bought and played almost every Maxis game released but I refuse to purchase any game that requires an internet connection to play that isn’t entirely online such as eve, wow, etc” -c12

“I pray you guys don’t ruin the game with an always online requirement…” -LeCrushinator

“I can’t support a game that requires me to have a constant internet connection.” -Kensin

“I’m really sorry, but I cannot support an online-only game. When I am paying $50+ for a game, I want the decision for how and when I play it to be mine.” -DaWolf85

“I don’t agree to the unnecessary conditions being put on me in order for me to play a game I am paying for. So I will have nothing to do with it.” -apricotmuffins

“I have been a fan of SimCity games for a very long time, but I am (with a broken heart) going to pass on this one as well due to the requirement to always be online.” -redatwork360

Source: Reddit

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