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EA and Maxis have confirmed what we were all hoping for: SimCity is returning to PC in 2013. Details on the upcoming reboot are still fairly slim, but we do have this shiny new trailer to whet your appetite, and the confirmation that - finally - the game will feature curvy roads.
The big reveal came out of a GDC event titled EA Game Changers, subtitled the "Power to Change a World Together". Speakers included Biz Stone, co-founder of Twitter, Davis Guggenheim, director of An Inconvenient Truth, and charity: water founder Scott Harrison, as well as Maxis SVP Lucy Bradshaw.
Despite rumours hinting at this being SimCity 5, it looks more like EA is instead approaching the game as a reboot of the original, complete with "a set of veterans" on the development team for the simply-named SimCity.
At this stage, the humble PC has been announced as the game's lead platforms, but don't rule out console versions just yet. (A reference to Mac development has been ruled out by EA as an error.)
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. 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 itself is due out in 2013, but if you want to get in really early, pre-orders are now available via Origin. Put your name down now, and pick up some bonus Heroes & Villains content - including a battle between Maxis Man and the evil Dr. Vu.
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