The impossible will soon come to pass: SimCity's offline mode is "almost there Mayors" and will arrive as part of Update 10, which is now in "final testing", according to the offical SimCity twitter account (opens in new tab) . The long, arduous journey of SimCity's offline mode (it's like The Hobbit but with DRM) will soon be over. With Blizzard finally ditching Diablo 3's stupid real-world auction house on March 18th (opens in new tab) , this is shaping up to be a particularly good week.
If you've been following the saga (dammit, now I owe King.com some money), you'll know that EA/Maxis have previously said that an offline mode for SimCity would not be possible (opens in new tab) , that they were "exploring the possibility" (opens in new tab) , that OK we're making one anyway (opens in new tab) , and that it's a substantial undertaking (opens in new tab) and the result of six and a half months' work.
So it's been a hell of a long time coming, and EA/Maxis seem to have begrudged it every step of the way, but SimCity's offline mode is finally nearly here. With any hope, modding the game will soon be a less Draconian process too. (Thanks, IGN (opens in new tab) )