EA have evidently been busy trawling through their back catalogue of classics as in the same month that they rebooted Syndicate, they've announced the 2013 return of SimCity.
Heading for a release next year, EA last night announced at the ongoing GDC (Games Developers Conference) that SimCity for PC, a brand new entry in the franchise, is currently in development at Maxis Emeryville.
“We’d like to thank the millions of fans who have helped make SimCity synonymous with the city-building genre. This is a franchise that means the world to us at Maxis and we’re happy to be bringing it back home where we are reimagining it for an entirely new generation of players,” said Lucy Bradshaw, Senior Vice President of EA’s Maxis Label.
“Using our proprietary GlassBox Engine, SimCity for PC will equip players with the tools to play the most sophisticated simulation of its kind. We are dedicated to making sure the experience – no matter the platform – has the fun, flavour and playability that has been intrinsic to the franchise since its birth."
The game promises to be true rebirth of the franchise, bringing the depth of simulation that has been the series hallmark for more than two decades and marrying it with next generation accessibility and a robust multiplayer mode. Take a look at the trailer above and let us know what you think of the series' revival.
Powered by the GlassBox Engine, Maxis’ proprietary engine, the game features Sims in each city who will have jobs or can lose them, buy homes, be prosperous or be an economic drain on the city. Every choice powers real change that affects the character of your city, the state of your region and fellow players within the entire SimCity world.
Are you delighted to see SimCity return or do you think that it's new home should be as a *shudder* Facebook game? Let us know in the comments section below.