Posted by Chuck Corbin on Mar 15, 2013

New Video Surfaces Showing SimCity’s Debug Mode [Rumor]

I won’t lie: as a game I like SimCity. But besides the obvious always-online connection problems there are a few other issues with the game. For one, the cities themselves are a bit too small, which gets aggravating when the game keeps yelling at you to zone some more residential districts. The fact that there’s only one road into and out of the city that connects to the highway is a bit frustrating as well.

However, the Redditor AzzerUK appears to have figured out a way around all those problems. Here’s what he had to say:

So with a little bit of package editing within SimCity, and a little playing about in the code, it’s possible to enable debug mode. I linked the activation to the “Help Center” button in the main menu for ease. Most debug features are disabled without having an actual developer’s build (they have terraforming tools etc. available in the full developer build!), but a few things do still work – including editing the main highways.

Not only that – but you can edit the highways ANYWHERE – even outside of your city boundary… and even if you quit the game and log back in later, it’s all saved safely on the server.

This shows that highway editing will be easily possible, AND that editing outside of the artificially small city boundaries should be very viable too.

Other things I have modded out with a quick change: Unlimited time to remain disconnected (won’t get booted at 20 minutes, can now be disconnected “forever”). Population count now shows REAL figure, not the “artificially inflated” figure. My large cities have a population of about 15k now, not 100k :P

Of course, the biggest implication about all this is the fact that yes, you can play SimCity offline, just like what Rock, Paper, Shotgun’s source said the other day. In other words, all that crap about how the servers are needed for all the game’s calculations? Total BS. I’m assuming that if this debug mode is exactly like what AzzerUK says it is, it’s only a matter of time before we see some step-by-step instructions in how to access it ourselves.


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