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SimCity is back, bigger and in 3D

Maxis and EX have confirmed that a new 3D SimCity with an online multiplayer option will arrive next year.

Electronic Arts and its game development subsidiary Maxis have confirmed that a new 3D SimCity is on the way.

Speaking at the Game Develops' Conference in California, Maxis senior vice-president Lucy Bradshaw confirmed the sixth game in the franchise, simply titled SimCity, will be released in 2013.

EA describes the new title as the "true rebirth of the franchise", taking the depth of simulation the game is known for and combining it with next-generation technology.

This is enabled by the new Maxis engine GlassBox, which the firm claims "powers each simulation with real integrity". In addition, this version of SimCity will be the first to include an online multiplayer

feature

The press release from EA reveals that player decisions will have implications beyond their own city limits.

"Together, players will address real global challenges such as climate change, the search for renewable resources and natural disasters. It's up to the players to decide whether to compete or collaborate to shape the world of tomorrow - for better or for worse," it said.

Bradshaw says that both Maxis and EA owe the fans of the long-running franchise a great deal of thanks for making the title far and away the leader in its genre.

"Using our proprietary GlassBox Engine, SimCity for PC will equip players with the tools to play the most sophisticated simulation of its kind," she said.

"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."

SimCity was Maxis' first product, released in 1989, and remained the company's best selling game until spin-off The Sims was launched in 2000.

The SimCity source code was released under the free software GPL 3 license with the name Micropolis in January 2008.ADNFCR-1220-ID-801312397-ADNFCR