February 16, 2007 by Martin

According to the Spanish fan site Capital SimCity the Russian web site Absolute Games has SimCity 5 listed to be released in October this year! Furthermore the official distributor of EA Games in Russia SoftClub also states a 2007 release. Since these are only semi-official sources we should take it with a grain of salt, it could just be a misunderstanding or bad communications with EA. Nevertheless no smoke witout a fire and news like these are just what we need in the drought.

Thanks to CSCDaguel for posting about this in the forum.

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78 Responses to “SimCity 5 This Year?”

  1. March 27, 2007 at 11:22 am

    i know the relise date it is may 14th 2007 i know im so exsited i sherched for days and I FINALY FOUND IT and pics also just one month and a half.

  2. #2 Sure
    March 29, 2007 at 9:00 pm

    Uhhh..yeah sure. Pop another one of those blue pills.

  3. #3 Frank Bendetto
    March 30, 2007 at 6:38 pm

    1. Stop Being 5 and a moron
    2. Grow up and stop being a moron
    3. Please, if just for the sake of your parents, LEARN TO SPELL.

  4. #4 Jono
    March 31, 2007 at 11:23 am

    i played all except sc4, to much boring micromanagment or rather boring things you need to do to finally get the city going, will sc 5 be like in the sc3000,2000 days??? there i really enjoyed seeing a living city and growing without these liitle stupid things you ned to do in sc4, taking away the enjoyment of it all!

    O, well let me hold my breath and see.
    I really like the game!

  5. #5 Jono
    March 31, 2007 at 11:28 am

    I hope it goes back to it’s roots, like Ea
    have done with C&C, it’s back to it’s roots and look at the high rating it was given.
    A brilliant game.(some spelling mistakes in my previous post, i do apologize 🙂 !

  6. #6 Rasseru
    April 1, 2007 at 2:05 pm

    I wonder if Sims 2 will have any part in this? They maybe use the same software or do the importing characters thing… Sims would be better looking for sure. Maybe have area you can see your Sims 2 Neighborhoods and gain extras from them… Like your Sims 2 University boost your education in the area. I hope SimCity 5 fix the taffic in the cities. Have more Sims walk longer to places. Also Sims will take a highways than a normal road. I like to see Traffic based off these 3 sources; Europe Cities, Japan Cities, and Major U.S. Cities. Would be lovely to have those styles too… I would love to see how much better this one will be.

  7. #7 denda
    April 4, 2007 at 8:15 am

    will simcity 5 work w/ windows vista?

  8. #8 denda
    April 4, 2007 at 8:18 am

    or how do i get simcity 3000 unlimited to work on vista o/s? please help.

  9. #9 Mr Jibbos
    April 8, 2007 at 2:26 am

    I cant wait for sim city 5 to come out hopefully we will see it in 2007. If sim city 4 is anything to go by the SIM CITY 5 WILL BE AMAZING. Also I agree with Rasseru sims 2 or maybe even sims 3 should have a part in sim city 5. M

  10. #10 Mr Jibbos
    April 8, 2007 at 2:27 am

    Maybe even importing houses and characters. Even sims pets could maybe even have a part in sim city 4.

  11. #11 Mr Jibbos
    April 8, 2007 at 2:28 am

    “Maybe even importing houses and characters. Even sims pets could maybe even have a part in sim city 5”.

    my mistake not 4, 5.

  12. #12 SC45
    April 8, 2007 at 11:33 pm

    I hope we have more options for transport like routes other kinds of ferries other stadiums and better options

  13. #13 John
    April 9, 2007 at 3:49 pm

    SC5 will need modern attributes to the decline of Western civilization. Such as Terrorism, Oil depedancy, Welfare addiction, and Liberalism.

  14. #14 olivedetours
    April 10, 2007 at 4:51 pm

    To Tyler,
    Where did you see the release date is 14th may 2007 and is it a wordwide release or just America’s one ?

  15. #15 shazbot
    April 11, 2007 at 12:07 pm

    john, don’t forget right wing nut-job alarmist and the ability to invade another country under false circumsatnces/ the ability to lie to the public, etc /sigh

  16. April 13, 2007 at 10:03 am

    I hope Sim City 5 dose come out this year, I have been waiting for it for 3 years. I was disapointed with Sim City 4, however I think I still like it better then the other three Sim Citys and I liked the rush hour expantion pack. I am hoping sim city 5 will have some of the things Sim City 4 should have had but did not. Like buildings that line up with streets that do not go North/South or East/West.
    I also think your city should be able to host events such as the worlds fair, or the summer/winter Olympics.

  17. #17 Mike
    April 15, 2007 at 5:17 pm

    I want Sim City to stay the way it is.. but to also have the ability to tax individual businesses as they pop up.. so Walmart for instance.. if it pops up.. or a huge dpet of store like.. I can tax the shit to it.. meanwhile letting smaller businesses prosper 🙂

  18. #18 Cale Oosha
    April 16, 2007 at 7:47 am

    Well I’ve started my research on SC 5 @ the beginning of this year and was looking into it’s news on Forums around the world. I hope It’s gonna be by the end of this year. We will hear more abpout it next month when the biggest annual Video Gaming fare in Los Angeles starts. I hope Those Game Mags ask about SC5 @ the Press Conference overthere!

  19. #19 olivedetours
    April 17, 2007 at 2:42 pm

    I hope you’re right. Otherwise I’d like to find in SC5 several scenarii (such old versions) who provide a second game in my point of view.

  20. #20 niall
    April 23, 2007 at 11:50 am

    maybe then your sims could go to sim city and there you could be able to play with them in the city let them roam the city

  21. #21 Steven
    April 28, 2007 at 11:47 am

    I think the May release is an error (obviously) it is actually the release of Sim City 4 Deluxe for the Mac.

  22. #22 Jason
    April 30, 2007 at 3:57 pm

    i hope sim city 5 will make the city grow quicker. I bore waiting for my city to grow tall. And also, is it just me or is it extremely hard to get a huge income over expenses in sc4

  23. #23 e.winx
    April 30, 2007 at 7:43 pm

    I think Sim city 5 should have the same base as sim city 4 but with more options. Sc5 needs better transportation system such as roads that can curve or atleast go more then 45 degree angle. Also they need to have zoning be able to be built at any angle.

  24. #24 Llama
    May 1, 2007 at 2:37 pm

    Well a lot of people here said they hope it’s like Sim City 4 WITH a whole bunch more but EA is reporting that it’s actually going to be less complicated so (imagine SimCity without all the micromanaging). Sim City 4 took a bit of time to get things going, I think here it’ll be much simpler (which might disappoint more hardcore fans)…. but I also think there’s a reason behind all this. Expansion packs… look at how much money EA made on The Sims 2 expansion packs. They’re probably going to release a simple (I’m sure it’ll look awesome) and then have people buy a crapload of expansion packs to add more stuff to it.

    I can see it now. Sim City 5: Water Pipe Expansion Pack… hahah

    Either way I’m sure it’ll be great. I can’t wait.

  25. #25 Llama
    May 1, 2007 at 2:38 pm

    it’s supposed to say imagine SimCity 4 without all the micromanaging

  26. #26 TG
    May 2, 2007 at 7:35 am

    I have got a date 9th october this year. and i want i want IT!!

  27. #27 Steve
    May 3, 2007 at 3:26 pm

    i would like more control over what gets built, especially when it comes to residential areas.

    zone for 1 level apartments, multistory apartments, high-rise apartments/condos/etc.

    zone for luxury homes (gated neighborhoods), zone for cookie cutter 1990s-2000s suburbia garden homes, etc.

    also, how about being able to have ground floor retail but upper floor apartment/condos? you know… like every major city in the world…

  28. May 9, 2007 at 8:23 am

    Who know when it will relise exactly?
    And when its relise in Russia?

  29. #29 dave
    May 14, 2007 at 8:42 pm

    The best game I ever played. Don’t even want to think about how much time I have spent mastering it.

  30. #30 eric
    May 16, 2007 at 1:09 pm

    They need to add an online element to it. I thought that really would have make Sim City 4 better.

    I thought they could have made it as an online game like some of the games like Battlefield, etc. Just start out with a bare world with 12-16 zones and let the online users create there own zone in conjunction with the other zones. See who can build the best, see if people can work together and get tourist areas, airports, etc.

  31. #31 uki
    May 16, 2007 at 5:43 pm

    I have been thrilled! The SimCity 4 Rush Hour was great, but I start getting bored, as I have been playing this particular game since 2004. I have had a look at Google and I found so many informations about the would-be coming SimCity 5. I am surprised to see that almost all of the articles were posted in early 2005! So? Where are SimCity 5? Don’t let my hope gets arise too high///

  32. #32 Your Mom
    May 18, 2007 at 7:08 pm

    I read somewhere that SC5 will be released around November 5th 2007… Don’t know if it’s true or not, but it’s better than nothing.

  33. #33 Orlic
    May 25, 2007 at 10:28 pm

    The main thing SC5 will need is the same BAT program that Spore will have coming with it. Those of you who have watched Wright’s Spore demos probably already know about it – it’s a program that is integrated into Spore & allows easy click and drag methods to make EXTREMELY customizable buildings in Spore. I think if SC5 has that type of BAT it’ll be a gem.

    SC5 also needs to learn from some of the problems SC4 had. Without user-made mods SC4 had many bugs, especially in terms of path-finding & building growth.

    I highly doubt SC5 will be released in 2007. If it is then that means one thing – Wright didn’t work on it. Sure, EA is big enough so it could be working on both Spore & SC5, but Wright has definitely been putting 100% of his effort into Spore. If Wright doesn’t design SC5 then it won’t include the advanced systems Wright has developed with the Sims & Spore series. SC5, I predict, will be a watered-down sham if produced by anyone other than Wright.

    SC5 (if Wright’s working on it) will be released after Spore most likely – and hopefully before Sims 3. This will mean SC5 will have some developmental systems from both Spore & Sims 3 in it.

  34. #34 Brian
    May 27, 2007 at 4:23 pm

    One thing i ask for.
    I loved the regions and stuff, but i hated how city boundaries were pre-set, and especially how Maxisland had none of the really really big lots… if you could customize your own boundaries, that would rock
    one more… fully 3d, its been done in other city games, and is overdue in the classic sim city

  35. #35 Chris
    May 30, 2007 at 1:16 pm


    November 6th, according to this site…

  36. #36 Matt
    June 3, 2007 at 3:17 pm

    I think that SC4 was outstanding. Rush Hour was definitely needed but man I love the game.

    SC3000 was ok but I don’t know, I just hated it.

    The other day I ran SC2000 and played for 2 days. Once I built half a city, I loaded up SC4.

    I spent almost 7 months building a region with a friend. 2 Million people and about 20 cities. I did one on a large map and it’s the best city I ever made.

    I don’t mind the micro of managing everything, it’s the complexity that makes it fun and challenging.

    I would say SC2000 was fairly simple as far as budget management and I would be fine with that in SC5.

    If it’s too simple it wouldn’t be much fin for me (except stunning graphics would make me play if anything)

    I understand simplifying the micro makes more people want to play (thus more profit for EA) but we’ll see what happens.

    I am going to check with a software distributor to see if we can get a real release date.

  37. #37 Chris
    June 4, 2007 at 5:08 pm

    Wow, this sounds great.

    I just hope they didnt ( or havent) oversimplified the game, I dont mind micromanaging that much, but if it was a little simpler that would be nice.

    The graphics are going to be a MAJOR factor. In simcity 4 the graphics are slightly cartoonish, and the minimum requirements were… surprisingly low, we can only wait and see.

    As for budget management, I didnt think that it was that hard, and it doesnt need that much tweaking, besides the ability to adjust funding for EVERY SINGLE plopable, scrap that and just make the entire thing, like tranportation, education, ect adjustable.

    God, I reaaaaly hope they fix transportation, in simcity 4 its a mess, the pathfinding is all screwed up, and it gets confusing. :L

    People, please provide release date, and if possible, screenies, real or fake! The fakes might give us an idea on how things MIGHT look.

  38. June 7, 2007 at 4:03 pm

    The game is currently called Sim City Societies, but that is just a working title.
    An official anouncement is expected next week along with the first official Screen shots.
    I got that from this website:

  39. #39 vodkaboy
    June 22, 2007 at 1:49 pm

    I hope Sim City 5 has a change of seasons option.It would be cool to have blizzards and hurricanes.I hope there are alot more skyscraper options,and cleaner energy alternatives.The wind towers suck.

  40. #40 MSU4EVER
    June 27, 2007 at 9:58 pm

    I had read a quick preview about it, and IT IS THE COOLEST THING EVER! Hey vodka boy, I love that idea

  41. #41 Steve
    June 28, 2007 at 12:06 pm

    I did see a pic of SC5, it looks REALLY detailed and realistic, it actually looked like a real city =P

  42. #42 maximus
    June 30, 2007 at 2:50 am

    it’s the coolest game ever seen

  43. #43 True Sim City Fan
    July 17, 2007 at 2:37 pm

    SIM CITY is the best game by far.I hope that sim city 5 will have more of an metropolitan flavor of designing and building.Defetinaly have more skyscrapers and huge network of multilane freeways with L.A. style web intersections.I believe sim city 5 is going to best game on the market when it comes out.Oh and also the idea of European,Asian,Latin and major U.S. cities building style is the best way to design your city.Have snow, desert,rainy and ocean beach terrain.I really like this game so I’m looking foward to buying and playing it.

  44. July 29, 2007 at 9:39 pm

    SimCity 4 is a rip-off. First of all, when you satisfy Monique Diamond with the budget, Jonas Sparks and the Health and Education Advisors are whining for more funding. and when you zone for high density, they either build a crappy farmers maerket, or they build a so called “high-rise building” and use a crane to make it look convincing. Also when you try to make money by raising taxes the budget counseling is happy, but neil fairbanks wants tax relief, etc…etc…etc!

  45. July 29, 2007 at 9:47 pm

    Commercial come on! Grow! once you’ve built the city you sit there waiting, don’t get me wrong, it’s a good game, but I hope Sc5 is better. To me the city looks like an overgrown rubix cube. It looks so boxy! I agree with Jason, It is so friggin hard to get a good income, without people buugging you for more funding!

  46. July 29, 2007 at 9:48 pm

    The last sentence was a little off topic I know

  47. #47 Dom
    August 9, 2007 at 2:51 pm

    Simcity 5 has been sort of canceled.. look at this http://www.computerandvideogames.com/article.php?id=165432

  48. #48 jordan
    August 20, 2007 at 10:04 am

    doms right its be abandoned they saw no point and thought it was a waste of money !

  49. #49 jff55
    September 22, 2007 at 9:34 am

    omg w00t its finally coming!

  50. #50 caitlin hand
    September 29, 2007 at 9:01 am

    people play it to much and you just sit there wacthing your city grow plus your just wasting your money.

  51. #51 Brandon
    October 1, 2007 at 5:28 pm

    I can’t wait for Sim City 5! When in October does it come out?

  52. #52 astondb9
    October 22, 2007 at 8:37 am

    i hope they design more road types and different traffic lights to change how different areas look. I also i think there should be floods and snowstorms like in real cities

  53. #53 imsuperthanksforasking
    November 13, 2007 at 2:45 pm

    ya all i no is that maxis aint making the game anymore its being made by caeser iv and they are claiming that it is very different than the previus sim city games

    and since it will be different they dont plan on calling it sim city 5 but im not sure exactly what there calling it

  54. #54 SEAN
    December 26, 2007 at 12:33 am

    Hi im from December 2007, Boxing Day.

    SC5 – NOT HERE.

    Oh well,.

  55. December 29, 2007 at 6:58 pm

    Just search optimized for Sim City: Societies. EA kills another franchise.

  56. #56 Algonkin
    January 2, 2008 at 1:42 pm

    Long awaited…it’s about time “some” news has been leaked.

  57. January 8, 2008 at 4:12 am

    please this article was wrong
    cause sim city 5 was delay

    and now they launch sim society
    and i already play them
    it totally not good as sim city
    this is new idea from EA

    they want kill others developer like new york citu developers and others

    is this call simcity 5? no sim city 5 is had better feature

  58. #58 jackson
    May 10, 2008 at 10:32 am

    there are no hockey arenas and there shoud be

  59. #59 billy fleming
    May 17, 2008 at 1:00 pm

    Is there a sim city 5?And if so whin does it come out?

  60. #60 Robin
    May 30, 2008 at 3:11 pm

    I have simCity 3000 unlimited. It use to work fine on my old computer, now I cannot get it to run on my new one. Windows XP with desent graphics card, it installs everything as far as i can tell but when I load for play it gives me the maxis screen then a black screen appears and a box that just says OK with a close x at the top. help please.

  61. June 2, 2008 at 8:23 pm

    give me it i so want it

  62. #62 MMA BadBadBoy
    June 3, 2008 at 12:50 am

    I agree w/ Jackson (#58). We need to have some hockey arenas so I can pretend I’m there high-stickin’ it to some punk and then land a superman punch to drop him to the ice. And then I say “You better stay down, nooch.” And he does. Amen, praise me.

  63. #63 Mystery
    July 19, 2008 at 11:13 am

    Societies is dumb. REALLY.
    Ea should have kept maxis!

  64. #64 mrnapolean
    July 24, 2008 at 12:31 am

    I don’t like EA Games they F*****D me over on the following games: Sim Theme park, Sim theme park gold expansion, Sim Coaster, Sim Golf, and Sim City 4. i highly doubt i will buy another game from EA Again. that’s my comment about EA Games. my comment about Sim city 5 proceeds as follows, i think they should have more highway options like service roads and the American style exits American highways have, and the god mode tools can be improved, and in the u drive it mode they need to put in a first person view (the view where it looks like you are sitting in the drivers seat),and the reigon needs a region editor, where you can choose the size of certain city’s and having to go into each blank city and having to make hills and reconcile edges with the neighboring city’s that there takes a lot of time. ooh and for users that cannot get Sim city 4, Sim city 3000 and Sim city 3000 unlimited to run on windows vista try compatibly mode here is a link to Microsoft’s help site for compatibility mode. Link: http://windowshelp.microsoft.com/Windows/en-US/help/bf416877-c83f-4476-a3da-8ec98dcf5f101033.mspx

  65. January 5, 2009 at 2:02 pm

    its 2009 already and Sim City 5 is highly unlikely to come out anytime soon.
    (But it would be awesome if it does come out!)

  66. #66 Alvin
    March 9, 2009 at 4:05 am

    The train must look good. It’s fuc***n ugly in Sim City 3000 and 4.

  67. #67 victor silva
    March 23, 2009 at 5:43 pm

    Não gosto do societes etenho acerteza que devia o jogo continuar na vertente que estava antes mas com melhor grafismo e nas opções do jogo do comercio havia de haver Edificios de entertimento como por ex:circo,cinema,rodeos,corridas de cavalos,nitclubs,enfim uma variedade de edificios de lazer que fizesse este jogo mais inovador e atrativo.

  68. #68 neon 94
    March 24, 2009 at 6:43 am

    sim city 5?i better buy those game now before out of stock.

  69. #69 Ganondorf
    August 6, 2009 at 1:31 am

    Wtf? It was meant to come out in 2007!?!

  70. #70 SimCity,Really,
    August 18, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    Sim City 5 is NOT coming out. EVER! However, CitiesXL Should satisfy those people who want Sim City 5..

  71. #71 al
    September 27, 2009 at 9:32 am

    citeis xl is one of the coolest games shame my pc cant play it (demo is currently out)

  72. #72 SCFan
    January 19, 2010 at 11:41 am

    “Sim City 5 is NOT coming out. EVER!”

    Sad but true.

    “However, CitiesXL Should satisfy those people who want Sim City 5..”

    Hahahaha…No, just no.

  73. #73 deedee
    January 22, 2010 at 3:05 am

    You are replying to a 2 years old question… “Ha Ha Ha” ….

  74. #74 SCFan
    January 26, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    “You are replying to a 2 years old question… “Ha Ha Ha” ….”

    So are you!

  75. #75 H
    April 18, 2010 at 1:56 pm

    it hurts to see what EA has done to Simcity after Rush Hour it seems they just put a lock on the simcity department. with the level of graphics developers have got right now, I’m sure they can make a brilliant Simcity game, I just don’t understand why they’re not

  76. #76 eSPeWe
    August 13, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    simcity 4 rush hour is very very very unstable!!! it’s crashes every 30 minutes!


  77. #77 darren
    August 18, 2010 at 11:46 pm

    sim city 5 need courty,states,and tri city areas!

  78. #78 WessK
    September 27, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    Where is Civ 5? Damn EA for buying out small boutique studios (no disrespect, Maxis) and thewn killing all their good ideas. Redemption is still possible.

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