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

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

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.