EA Releasing First Patch For SimCity Today: Mansions For Mayors, Still No Offline Mode

Fixing what's broken. Well, most of it.

Fixing what’s broken. Well, most of it.

If you’ve been holding your breath for Electronic Arts (our Worst Company In America 2013, everybody!) to update SimCity with an offline mode, well, keep holding it. The company is releasing a patch today at 4:00 p.m. ET with a few new things and a variety of fixes, but that offline mode players have been wishing and hoping for is nowhere in sight.

In a post today on the EA forum, a community manager announced the arrival of Update 2.0, with new things like mansions for mayors with fancy cars for driving to work as well as the option to take a helicopter or limo.

There are a whole slew of fixes and updates listed on the forum post as well for things ranging from stuck school buses to air pollution.

All these changes will take time, however, as EA is warning players about server downtime (something many have been familiar with anyway since the game launched a few weeks ago).

“Because this is our first significant Update, we wanted to inform you in advance that we’ll be taking down all servers for a few hours while these changes are being issued,” explains EA. “Choosing a time to issue a major Update is never easy, but after looking our peak player time, we’ve concluded 1pm PST is the best window for us to make these improvements. As you can see from the list above, the wait will be worth it.”

Playing SimCity? Let us know how the update goes for you today — if it’s slow, fast, worth the wait, or disappointing — by sending an email to tips@consumerist.com.