Sims 4, due in 2014, to ditch need for Net connection

Skirting EA's online system should avoid the server woes that tainted the debut of the recent SimCity game, which forces players to maintain a connection to the publisher's Origin platform.

The Sims 4 is coming next year. EA

A newly unveiled Sims sequel will arriving in 2014, giving gamers yet another chance to take control of tiny virtual humans for some ruthless life management.

The Sims 4 will be published by Electronic Arts, with EA subsidiary Maxis once again taking the reins when it comes to bolting the new title together, EA said Monday in a blog post. In a case of a corporation learning from its mistakes, EA has confirmed that the next Sims installment won't require an Internet connection for gameplay.

The publisher said the game will be a "single-player offline experience." Taking the action away from EA's online system should avoid the server woes that tainted the debut of the recent SimCity game, which forces players to maintain a connection to the publisher's Origin platform.

Read more of " The Sims 4 won't be always online like SimCity, due in 2014 " at CNET UK.

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