We took a brief hiatus while repair crews worked on the NA West 1 (giving us time to release a 3-page document outlining our criticisms), but we've finally returned to PCG County. Despite unusually frequent seismic disasters and more than one sewage debacle, the region lives on: Notchtopia continues to grow, Belmonte Carlo is a playground for the rich, Hepatitis Seas is turning yellowish, and Executive Mayor Evan Lahti has now founded Texas II: Origins—this time, it's personoil.
The Origin Superhighway may have cleared up, but the only entrance to PCG County, the North America West 1, remains partially submerged. The flooding is so bad it's causing temporal anomalies and industrial disasters, including a factory explosion which spilled 10 tons of Reddit threads into nearby streams. Nevertheless, the county office has exciting news: Notch, Veronica Belmont, Brian Brushwood, and Jordan Yin, Ph.D. have now founded cities!
Untouched by the corrosive human element, PCG County was a stunning sprawl of green and blue. Forests pooled at the edges of great open plains and fresh, nourishing air flowed out to sea and back like deep breaths. County leadership saw this, and saw that it was boring and dumb. An invitational was announced, and a supergroup of talented and accomplished gamers was assembled to found great cities in the county; to build, to exploit, and to pollute the pristine landscape. Their story beings here.
SimCity is out Tuesday, and we'll be spending all week testing its live servers and multiplayer, where up to 16 cities can interact. We could just play amongst ourselves, but we had a better idea: assemble a mayoral superteam to cooperate and compete in the most absurd region SimCity will ever see.