First SimCity Expansion Takes You Back To The Future

Written by Jon Sutton on Fri, Sep 20, 2013 10:11 AM
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A new blog post by SimCity developer Maxis has revealed the first expansion pack for the controversial city-building game.

SimCity Cities of Tomorrow is a futuristic expansion that transform your cities from aging towns into a high-tech mega city of the future…

Set 50 years in the future, the expansion will have a focus on the environmental effects of what you build; will you opt for a clean energy efficient future or a sprawling Blade Runner-esque hell hole?

Whichever your choice it looks like you can create radically different cities from the media released so far, the hyper-clean megalopolis in particular looking fantastic.

The game will include multi-level MegaTowers that will allow you to build ever upwards into the sky, new forms of transportation (obligatory hover cars surely?), and additional sources of power.

While the expansion may not give you any more land, the ability to expand upwards is set to dramatically increase the build space available to you.

As well as this the expansion will add new regions, future technology, new specialisations for your city, as well as a giant evil megacorporation called OmegaCo which strips the surroundings of all resources and pollutes your fine city.

New technology is set to include magnetic trains, wave-power generators and garbage atomizers. No, we have no idea what a garbage atomizer is, or how it works, but it sounds great.

Maxis Emeryville Patrick Buechner general manager said, "Will the world of tomorrow be a utopia powered by clean energy or an industrial society consumed by mass commercialism?"

"With SimCity Cities of Tomorrow, players can build the future as they imagine it. Transport your Sims on MagLev, power your cities with fusion reactors or tidal wave generators, manufacture a legion of drones to serve your Sims and build massive MegaTowers that dwarf modern skyscrapers.

"We're giving you plausible technologies to take your cities onto a journey 50 years into the future. What will you create?"

Check out the trailer below to see what you think…

SimCity was beset by problems at its launch, with many having issues with always online nature of what could essentially be a single-player game.

Is this enough to pull you back into SimCity or has the damage been done?

Will you be stripping the resources of the Earth for all it’s worth, or creating an eco-friendly futuristic vision of Hobbiton?

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08:27 Sep-21-2013

lolz did they ever heard of copyrights?

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13:31 Sep-20-2013

Does anybody actually play this with its horrible drm issues..?

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01:38 Sep-21-2013

I do still play this game. Besides the fact that you have to be online (which stinks) the game is at least well ahead of what it was at first launch. The map sizes are still too small, but the core of the game is great now that it is working. Yes it is still far off from what it should be. However for what it is, its pretty good. (all my opinion)

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11:26 Sep-20-2013

Looks like Anno 2070 :/

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10:17 Sep-20-2013

I prefer anno 2070 more than this,simcity city size is too msall.

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10:16 Sep-20-2013

"back to the future"? :P

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