Maxis Releasing Fifth SimCity Installment

A decade after Maxis released the fourth installment in its acclaimed city-building simulations, the developer has unexpectedly unveiled the fifth addition to the franchise, entitled simply SimCity.

More details will be announced at EA’s “Inside the GlassBox” GDC presentation, which is scheduled for later today. Hopefully, the fifth version of the game restores all of the in-depth details and vast city-building gameplay that was stripped out of SimCity 4 with Societies. My guess is that will be the case since Maxis is developing SimCity 5 instead of Tilted Mill Entertainment, which developed 2007’s much-maligned Societies.

I can’t tell you how many hours I’ve wasted in my lifetime playing SimCity. It’s probably what helped foster my fascination for urban planning/development.

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