New SimCity Puts an Emphasis on Individual Citizens (And the Rent’s Dirt Cheap, Too)

on March 28, 2012 4:30 PM

Guess how much rent is in SimCity? One dollar. Seriously: One freaking buck will buy you an entire month’s worth of rent in the next installment of the city-building franchise. This time around, there’s a heavy emphasis on the lives of each individual citizen, creative director Ocean Quigley told Joystiq.

“It’s not SimHamlet — it’s SimCity,” he said. “So we built this simulation engine to support many, many thousands, tens of thousands of Sims and vehicles in flight simultaneously. So each one of those Sims is a real Sim.”

And each of these Sims has an entire routine to go through every day. They wake up, go to work, do their thing, punch the clock at 5 p.m. and go on their merry way. As you add things like parks and other city landmarks, Sims’ lives get even more complex.

The fun doesn’t just stop with the working stiffs. Apparently there’s also Sims who like to roll around in black vans setting your buildings on fire. No police? Well, looks like your Sim City just went up in flames.

 /  Staff Writer
Eder is a journalism major at the University of Oregon and copy chief of Flux, the School of Journalism and Communication's flagship magazine. When he's not playing video games or writing about them, Eder enjoys going to concerts, walking the UO campus with his trusty iPod, James McCloud, and climbing steep hills in running shoes. His favorite games include Super Mario Bros. 3, Donkey Kong Country 2, Bioshock and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.