Did you pre-order SimCity? Are you fed up with not being able to connect? Do you wish you'd torrented it or bought something else instead? Well there is another option. A new Kickstarter campaign has been launched called Civitas, which purports to offer a lot of the features people feel are missing from the latest EA/Maxis offering.
The top of the Kickstarter boldly lists these claims:
Moddable, Community Driven, DRM Free and Single/Multi Player gaming. The latter two have been some of the biggest complaints of the new SimCity, since it uses always on DRM, thereby making the single player experience require an internet connection. Other features of Civitas include the ability to terraform the land, build structures, manage all aspects of the city (including transportation, utilities, emergency management, natural resources and commerce) and grow your city into a metropolis.
Some requested features from the community of the thousand + backers, have also been implemented, including: Custom/curved roads, meaning you can setup your road networks however you like. Public transportation will also be included: buses, monorails, trains etc. There will also be a save feature so that if you want, you can wreck your city and then simply reload it afterwards.
The way this was described, sees the developer taking a swing at the new SimCity: "Our game is not online only, you will have local saves, and can save and reload your city at any time. HAVE FUN WITH IT! Why would anyone remove this feature?"
The team behind it are a new startup, with experience making games like Borderlands 2, Mortal Komba, Quake 4, F.E.A.R and a lot of mobile games. In total they're looking for $250,000. The campaign has been going for a few days now and its so far reached $35,000.