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SimCity release date set for March 5, 2013

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Malicious mayors cackling gleefully over unleashing a cataclysmic meteor shower upon their ward and hearing the anguished cries of immolated citizens won't have to wait long—wait, start over. Kindhearted, altruistic mayors with plans for quality of life improvements and low taxes should plan their first week in office starting March 5, SimCity's North American release date revealed via Twitter (opens in new tab) . European metro-meisters get a March 8 launch.

Alongside grid-destroying natural disasters (opens in new tab) and a strengthened appeal to non-linearity (opens in new tab) governed by the GlassBox engine, SimCity emphasizes multiplayer through a permanent online connection requirement (opens in new tab) . Maxis also previously confirmed dumping raw sewage (opens in new tab) into a far-flung corner of your burg in the hopes no one will notice actually works. Leadership .

SimCity pre-orders cost $60/£45 ($80/£65 for the deluxe edition) over at EA's Origin store (opens in new tab) .

Omri Petitte is a former PC Gamer associate editor and long-time freelance writer covering news and reviews. If you spot his name, it probably means you're reading about some kind of first-person shooter. Why yes, he would like to talk to you about Battlefield. Do you have a few days?