SimCity 5 Requires Always-On DRM

In the wave of E3 announcements, some bad news has unfortunately surfaced. Electronic Arts has confirmed to Kotaku that SimCity 5 will require a constant internet connection to play the game, even single player.

The reasoning, as EA put it and echoing Blizzard, is that it’s a multiplayer game which tracks your stats like pollution and whatnot and feeds it to other SimCity 5 players. In otherwords, “it’s multiplayer” is the new lame excuse for implementing this awful form of DRM.

However, EA assures us that they are carefully monitoring a certain other game’s always-on DRM troubles and will provide countermeasures such as a time/disconnect buffer to prevent such an occurrence. I’d rather they’d go back to just requiring Origin.

Yeah. I’ll pass.