SimCity Societies is almost upon us, with release set for the 13th of November in the US and the 16th in Europe. But does anyone still care about SimCity? I recently visited SimCity 2000 for a PC Gamer retrospective and was consumed for a couple of days - especially after cheating to give myself unlimited landscaping funds - but I couldn't help wondering what a new SimCity game could actually deliver? And what would you want from another city-building game anyway?
EA think we want to shape culture and place individual buildings, rather than all that zoning and public-service fiddling. I can't help thinking that societies might be entertaining, even if it's just a case of seeing what kinds of urban landscapes you can seed with the prescribed templates that the Tilted Mill team have come up with. Freedom might be more limited than ever before... but maybe that's not a bad thing?
Anyway, here's the most recent trailer. See if you can spot the subtle association of British Petroleum with green and clean energy...
Thanks, Game Trailers, you big hunk of video bandwidth.