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The Sims 4 will be an offline game

No SimCity-style DRM, Maxis confirms.

The Sims 4 developer Maxis has confirmed that the game won't include any SimCity-style always-online features.

Producer Grand Rodiek told VG247 that the newly-announced Sims title would be an "offline, client-based game".

There are no plans for a console release, Rodiek added - PC and Mac versions are the only ones currently planned.

Maxis invoked a firestorm of criticism when the always-online SimCity launched earlier this year and servers promptly collapsed.

Other launch bugs aside, fans berated the developer for including a 20-minute timer that would force-shutdown the game should you go offline.

EA announced The Sims 4 during its Gamescom 2013 press conference yesterday afternoon. It'll include increased emotion control for your Sims and more robust building creation for their houses.