SimCity: Cities of Tomorrow trailer shows new megatowers

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"Welcome...to the world of tomorrow!" is not how SimCity (opens in new tab) lead designer Stone Librande begins this narrated look at the game's sci-fi expansion Cities of Tomorrow, and I think we can all agree that's a bit of a shame. At least the new content itself looks pretty damned nifty, evoking the shiny utopias of Minority Report or Mirror's Edge, which are both lovely places if you stick your fingers in your ears and obey the rules. The video also shows off a neon-tinged industrial city, surrogate (opens in new tab) -like drones and much more.

My favourite part? Megatowers! Which is a word that pretty much demands exclamation. You can customise these hoi polloi skyscrapers as you see fit, turning the luxury accomodation into a place (or places) residents will never want to leave. Drones, meanwhile, are robots your citizens can send out in their stead, while they put their feet up back at home.

Cities of Tomorrow launches November 12th. Maxis are also "exploring the possibility" (opens in new tab) of an offline mode. (Ta, Eurogamer (opens in new tab) .)

Tom loves exploring in games, whether it’s going the wrong way in a platformer or burgling an apartment in Deus Ex. His favourite game worlds—Stalker, Dark Souls, Thief—have an atmosphere you could wallop with a blackjack. He enjoys horror, adventure, puzzle games and RPGs, and played the Japanese version of Final Fantasy VIII with a translated script he printed off from the internet. Tom has been writing about free games for PC Gamer since 2012. If he were packing for a desert island, he’d take his giant Columbo boxset and a laptop stuffed with PuzzleScript games.