SimCity going offline
Maxis have announced that in the next SimCity patch, the game will be introducing an offline mode. So much for EA's insistence that it the always-online aspect of the game was a necessity, eh?
The new update will mean that you can play the game by yourself, offline, with no need to be permanently connected to the EA/Maxis servers. It also opens the doors for modders who have previously been restricted to minor changes to maintain multiplayer compatibility.
The offline mode is currently undergoing testing so we're not sure on release date yet, but expect it early this year.