Add online requirement (at all times) to that and SimCity 5 joins a growing trend among PC titles. Too bad for those sitting on crappy connections, or those unfortunate who don’t even have one. No SimCity 5 for you as it seems.
All this according to Lead designer Stone Librande, through JoyStiq:
Lead designer Stone Librande confirmed that SimCity would be an internet-dependent experience. Players will need to be online on Origin while playing, even if that wasn’t the point of purchase. The always-on connection becomes necessary with the game’s emphasis on multiplayer and regional impact, and the use of a global economy that all players can influence.