How Will Wright came to like the new SimCity's smaller footprint

Will Wright, designer of the original SimCity, enjoys the geographic constraints and tighter focus in the new SimCity despite some initial apprehension, according to an interview with NowGamer.

"I like it a lot," Wright told NowGamer. "It's interesting, in some sense it reminds me of the post-economic crash. It's not about making your city big, it's about making them not poor."

The just-released SimCity limits a city's geographic footprint to smaller areas than previous games. Wright said the smaller scale initially felt "a little claustrophobic," but he eventually came around to the changes.

"So by kind of focusing it in, it feels more personal, and so I really do want to zoom down and get a sense of what it feels like on the street," he said. "I think the visuals are just amazing, I love the tilt-shift focal lens."

For more on Wright's take, you can watch a video interview between Wright and SimCity lead designer Stone Librande released late last month.

SimCity was released earlier this week, and the game has been plagued worldwide by connectivity problems. In an effort to handle mange demand, developer Maxis disabled some of the game's basic features.

This morning, Polygon obtained and published parts of an internal memo from Maxis that outlined the developer's efforts to stabilize the game.

More from Polygon

The horror of Five Nights at Freddy's

  • Dark Souls 2: Crown of the Old Iron King Overview

  • Spacecom: a fast 4X built for multiplayer

  • Pillars of Eternity builds on role-playing classics

  • Tour the 1 KB hard drive built inside Minecraft

Latest Discussions

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new Polygon username and password

As part of the new Polygon launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to Polygon going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new Polygon username and password

As part of the new Polygon launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to Polygon going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.
Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_5353_tracker