It only took them a year to deliver the game everyone was waiting for. Well played, EA and Maxis. Well played.
Anyway, SimCity is now playable offline. More details in the video above and on the SimCity blog. Here’s a quote from Meghan McDowell, the Producer for the Single-Player Mode for SimCity:
Players who choose to play Single-Player Mode will not have access to Online-only features such as Multiplayer, SimCity World, Leaderboards, Achievements, dynamic pricing of resources in the Global Market and Cloud Saves. I also want to point out that saved Regions cannot be transferred between Modes. This means that if you play a Region in Single-Player Mode, you will not be able to play it in Multiplayer. We want to keep the competitive aspects of the Online game intact.
Other than that, it’s basically all the same.