Yesterday, it seemed that SimCity offline play is possible for 20 minutes, with no definitive consequences on gameplay.
Today, a modder has reported cracked the way to play SimCity offline for an indefinite period of time. EuroGamer reports that a YouTube member, UKAzzer, has posted a video of SimCity where he was dabbling with the debug mode.
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"So with a little bit of package editing within SimCity, and a little playing about int eh code, it's possible to enable debug mode," UKAzzer said on his YouTube page.
"You can edit the highways ANYWHERE-even outside of your city boundary. And even if you quit the game and log back in later, it's all saved safely on the server."
Of course, it's not a perfect system. TechCrunch reports that the mod blocks key game features, and saving a game requires a re-connection with the Internet. But what it did was extend the 20-minute offline gameplay that other testers have tried before. Here's the latest mod hack video so you can check it out.
Considering how easy it the mod hack was done, it's still a wonder why EA is still adamant about the fact that offline play is just not possible.
TechCrunch also reports that the always-on policy may be more of a piracy protection for the game than about user experience-which, in essence, is just what UKAzzer has overturned.
EA has already created a webpage for server status updates, and it has even reportedly claimed that server upgrades have been implemented to address all the problems.
And while SimCity disaster has mellowed down to a meeker glitch, the potential of offline play may be raised time and again, especially when the next SimCity installment gets launched and a possible server disaster starts up.