While EA has been pretty adamant over ‘not’ bringing an offline option for SimCity, a modder claims to have successfully altered the game for offline gameplay.
According to a post made on Reddit by modder AzzerUk, the trick was to configure an artificial timer built into the game. That timer previously enabled players to play offline for about 20 minutes. However, by disabling that players can now play for an indefinite period. The only problem though is that you cannot save your game.
“I also modded out the disconnect timer (can now play “offline” indefinitely – but no saves/syncs or region related stuff, not yet anyway… but the simulation can carry on with no connection indefinitely). And I modded out the “fluffed population count”, just shows the real population count now. Both very minor/easy tweaks.”
The modder also posted a video showcasing building of roads and highways outside the city limits. He explained that it was made possible by enabling a debug mode.
“So with a little bit of package editing within SimCity thanks to the modding guide posted to Reddit earlier, and a little playing about in the code, it’s possible to enable debug mode. I linked the activation to the “Help Center” button in the main menu for ease. Most developer debug features are disabled without having an actual developer’s build (they have terraforming tools etc. available in the full developer build!), but a few things do still work – including editing the main highways.”
The situation with SimCity’s servers took a turn for the worst last week with a major portion of players being unable to connect to the servers. Since then EA has purchased new server machines and even have tweaked the existing ones to perform better.