SimCity is coming back in more ways than one. While series creator Maxis is busy putting the finishing touches to the next, proper installment of the SimCity series – essentially a reboot – there’s also something slightly more casual on the way. The problem? It may destroy your life.
If you’ve played SimCity in the past, you’ll know why we’re worried. The game has a nasty habit of removing hours upon hours from your free time. The fact that a brand new title is on the way for PC (with brand new curvy roads, no less), is bad enough, but now there’s a version that you can play in your browser.
SimCity Social is a new Facebook app that scales down the traditional experience and makes it, well… Social. “As mayor, players will deal with unforeseen issues like fires, crime and pollution, and will make crucial decisions that will help them discover how their cities take shape,” says EA, but the really interesting stuff here is how you choose to treat your neighbours:
“Players can choose to build friendly relationships with other cities or form an intense rivalry through a dynamic and ever-evolving friend and foe system.” Your actions here, whether friendly or hostile, manifest themselves on your city, while your friends can choose to live in your city or move out if things get too nasty.
EA’s clearly on a mission to take on Zynga and the FarmVille/CityVille market here. It even alludes to that in the below video. Does this sound up your street, or should a SimCity purist wait for the new PC game to launch later this year? Let us know below.
Link: SimCity Social