SimCity now allows modding with EA’s blessing

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SimCity hasn’t had the easiest time since it’s arrival with the small city sizes and always online requirement raising the ire of many a gamer. Personally I still love jumping into the game every now and then and attempting to build my empire.

Unfortunately I normally end up going bankrupt and abandoning my dream for someone else, better than me, to take over. However SimCity may be about to get a huge new influx of gamers with the official EA announcement that they are now allowing mods for the game.

You can read all about it on their official announcement here but in a nutshell they are asking people to customise the experience and the rules are pretty straight forward.

No messing with leaderboards or the multiplayer experience, no using copyright images etc and no selling of mods.

That’s it. Apart from that you pretty much have free rein and since they haven’t said anything about pornography I expect someone out there to quickly create new skins so that all the sims walking around are perfect human specimens without clothes on and the next addition to the casino is the inevitable strip club. I also expect that clause to be added in quite quickly once the Internet gets hold of the idea.

Mostly though, I expect the first really useful mod would be one that increases the rather limiting size of the cities. 

But now thinking about it what would you like to see added to SimCity in the way of disasters, new buildings, skins or simply something I haven’t thought of? I would like to be able to add Anfield to my town and then also to have fighter jets that can bomb my neighours’ into oblivion…

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  • Sir Rants A Lot Llew. Jelly!!!

    I’d like an offline, single player, full map sized option please

    • Lardus-Resident Perve

      Single reason I did not get this game: always online single player. Learnt my lesson with Diablows 3

      • Sir Rants A Lot Llew. Jelly!!!

        Indeed. But not just that. The map sizes are so small that you can’t build a city that does EVERYTHING like you could in previous Sim Cities

        • Lardus-Resident Perve

          I was still willing to give it a try with the small cities. Just not online :)

          • Sir Rants A Lot Llew. Jelly!!!

            So glad the new Alien game has decided offline and not online for co-op and stuff

    • JJ’s grand endeavour (John)

      Man, those cities sure are small. Played it quite a bit, and it gets really frustrating

  • Kensei Seraph

    ICBM missile strike disaster.
    Only available to those running a city with nearby oil deposits.

    • Sir Rants A Lot Llew. Jelly!!!

      Ooooh ooooh. And faulty nuclear missile test….

  • Kensei Seraph

    Attack of the Joker disaster.
    Superman defense disaster.

  • Sir Rants A Lot Llew. Jelly!!!

    Ok I got one. A mod that places Pokemon pets for random sims and you can watch them battle if they come across eachother!

    • Kensei Seraph

      Now that almost sounds like a good enough reason to get SimCity.

      • Sir Rants A Lot Llew. Jelly!!!

        Woot :)

  • Hammersteyn

    Should have called the game SimTown or SimPoffadder

    • Kensei Seraph

      How about a mod that replaces all instances of SimCity with SimVillage?

    • Sir Rants A Lot Llew. Jelly!!!


      • Hammersteyn


      • Admiral Chief in Vegas

        Actually TweeBuffelsMetEenSkootMorsDoodGeskietFontein

        • JJ’s grand endeavour (John)

          AKA Hillbrow.

          • Sir Rants A Lot Llew. Jelly!!!

            Genugtig 0.o

        • Sir Rants A Lot Llew. Jelly!!!

          ah yes. Dis die een :)

  • Kensei Seraph

    Zombie apocalypse mod :D

    You’d get to watch as various groups of sims try to survive and could strategically place more dangerous zombies to ambush them.

    • SargonTheGreatPandaOfAkkad

      I would pay money to do this. It’d be like Black & White. Instead of a loving and terribly powerful God of some random small humanoids, you’re now the God of Zombies and your TERROR KNOWS NO BOUNDS.

  • Kromas

    A foresee a Mod that adds an EA building to the game that instantly drops everything’s value to almost zero and causes great amount of natural disasters. (We can call it Levolution :P )

    • Sir Rants A Lot Llew. Jelly!!!

      Don’t forget rioting

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      Comes with a complementary sewage plant & gold mine for harvesting golden poos.

      • Kromas

        Called Origin Sewage Treatment and Mining Company (An Affiliate of Evil Amalgamated(TM))

    • Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

      That will be DLC and micro-transactions for each floor

  • JJ’s grand endeavour (John)

    EA’s fighting hard to get votes back. Not working.

  • Wyzak

    I think the only reason the maps are so limited is because the agents simply won’t work on a bigger map. Doubt a mod will fix that, but people will obviously try.

    • edwr

      Id like to see if it could work, as it could be another one of EA’s lies, like the “offline mode was impossible”.

      • Wyzak

        I’m not sure what has changed, but the previous time that Maxis said they were bringing modding to Simcity it was incredibly limited, so much so that it was pointless. You could literally only change the skins etc. If that is still the case you won’t be able to enlarge the maps.

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