An offline mode for SimCity is currently being explored, general manager of the Maxis Emeryville studio Patrick Buechner has revealed.

In a blog discussing the seven months since SimCity launched, Buechner wrote:

"First, I want you to know that we are listening to your feedback. We dig deep into the forums, Facebook posts, and Twitter feeds every day to see what players are talking about. There is a lot of feedback and there is a clear passion for SimCity. That's great to see. And while we appreciate positive feedback, we take very seriously the players who have criticisms. Players have high expectations of what goes into our games and we have an obligation to deliver."

A feature which many gamers have asked for is offline play, something that finally looks like it may become a reality.

"Right now we have a team specifically focused on exploring the possibility of an offline mode," added Buechner. "I can't make any promises on when we will have more information, but we know this is something that many of our players have been asking for.

"While the server connectivity issues are behind us, we would like to give our players the ability to play even if they choose not to connect. An offline mode would have the additional benefit of providing room to the modding community to experiment without interfering or breaking the multiplayer experience."

Some will write this off as being too little too late, but some credit has to go to EA for eventually listening its customers.