SimCity (also referred to as SimCity 2013 or SimCity 5) is the reboot of the SimCity series, developed by Maxis and published by Electronic Arts. The game was released on March 5, 2013 for Microsoft Windows. An OS X version was also announced and was subsequently released on August 29, 2013.
SimCity began development in the spring of 2009. It is the first Maxis-developed main series SimCity game since SimCity 4, released a decade prior. The game brought back the zoning feature, as well as a new multiplayer mode where a group of cities work together or compete in an online region. Curved roads also make their first appearance into the franchise.
SimCity received positive reviews prior to release; however, as a result of widespread technical problems such as difficulty connecting to the game's servers, many reviewers lowered the game's review score as a result. As a result of this, EA has offered early buyers a free game from Origin.