June 05, 2012, 11:10 AM —
The "SimCity" franchise will break ground in Facebook later this month as they roll out a free version of SimCity Social.
When your game has "city" in the title, multiple players interacting makes sense. So Electronic Arts announced SimCity Social for Facebook at the game convention E3, adding to The Sims already available on Facebook. Players are expected to enjoy "an all-new deeply social experience" starting in a few weeks.
Fans of Zynga's Cityville may feel targeted, and many reports believe this new partnership between Facebook and Electrnic Arts means trouble for Zynga, which is almost totally reliant on Facebook. But since Cityville has been the largest game on Facebook for the past year, no immediate impact is expected. But for virtual builders of cities, SimCity is the original. Whether Facebook users will fall in love to the point of purchasing the game for off-line use when released in February 2013 is the gamble for Electronic Arts.
Trouble in River City?
I hope they dont bombard us with things to buy in order to participate. This got old REAL QUICK with Cityville and I eventually stopped playing. I was disappointed with The Sims for facebook. Same complaint:
Eric West on mashable.com
Time to move
Here's a thought. Instead of pretending to have a life and friends, why do you go out in the real world and socialize and volunteer your time toward some real needs in the community.
Jason Bly on endgadget.com
I'm a lover of SimCity and can't seem to bring myself to soil my computer with SimCity Social.
Kyle Blank on venturebeat.com
If you build your city on Facebook, do your friends become citizens? And can they force a recall election if they don't like the way you run your city?