Video: SimCity Deluxe Edition offers more for a price

Posted by CB Droege

If you want all of SimCity, it’ll cost an extra $20.

People have been finding lots of reasons to be unhappy with the new SimCity. The game itself looks amazing, but the marketing and distribution decisions that EA is making are rubbing a lot of people the wrong way. Recently, I advocated for civility in this. The always on internet requirement is understandable, as cloud gaming and digital distribution are simply the way that the future of gaming is headed. The Origin requirement is annoying, but only because we mostly like Steam better than Origin, and don’t want to have to have multiple game distribution clients installed on our system simultaneously.

Now, however, I’ve found something that I agree with taking an issue to. It still doesn’t have to do with the game itself, however, which looks amazing. No, I have a problem with the Deluxe Edition of SimCity, which will retail for $80, $20 more than the standard retail copy. EA just released this trailer:

A lot of complaints go up over DLC in games, claiming that they are really just parts of the game that should have been included in the first place, but were held back specifically to monetize them as add-ons, but never have I seen it quite so blatant as this.

Perhaps it strikes me more forcefully because this is a simulator, not a narrative-based game, so it’s not just branches of a possible storyline which have been pruned and sold back to us, it’s actual features of the engine. Some of the things shown here are basics of city building. I get that the ‘landmarks’ are extras. We don’t need Big Ben and the Eiffel Tower in our city, but this trailer is showing types of busses and trains, police stations, high-scale theaters, resident types, zoning types, etc. These are basic building blocks, which have been blatantly removed from the retail version. This is not $60 for SimCity and $80 for Deluxe SimCity, this is $80 for SimCity and $60 for Lite SimCity.

Maybe it’s not as bad as it looks. EA hasn’t actually published a list of all the things that have been held back from the retail list for this Deluxe Edition, so we only have this trailer to rely on, but I couldn’t halp but feel like each percussion-underscored feature shown in the trailer was a slap in the face to the purchasers of the base SimCity version.

SimCity is slated to hit the shelves in March 2013. EA’s Origin will be required to play. The game can be preordered now over on Amazon. If you want a closer look sooner, and feel lucky, you can sign up for the closed beta over on the game’s official website