Skip to main content

New trailer goes behind the scenes of the upcoming SimCity BuildIt for Android

A new trailer takes us behind the scenes at the making of SimCity BuildIt, the upcoming urban planning simulation game that's due for release before the end of 2014 for Android devices, among other platforms.

The trailer, narrated by EA Mobile's leader Jason Willig, shows off a bunch of footage from SimCity BuildIt, which really does look impressive with full 3D views of the cities. In addition to the familiar SimCity features like road and building construction, utility maintenance and disasters, SimCity BuildIt will introduce the idea of crafting goods and resources that can be used by the player or traded with others.

It sounds like the game will be a free-to-play title when it launches, but hopefully the "freemium" business model won't be a requirement for playing and enjoying most of SimCity BuildIt.

Source: EA Mobile Games (YouTube)

  • Free to play means it will most definitely be impossible to play and enjoy without ludicrous IAPs. n5
  • it's garbage, it's been available in Canada for months. It's like Clash of Clans but with a sim city skin and not fighting.
  • I was going to say....hasn't this been out for ages?
  • They can release this garbage but not a proper successor to Sim city 4. What a load. Posted via the Android Central App
  • You say its garbage and you have NEVER played any part of this....
  • I see you have never played Sim city 4 it prior. If you had you would know what I am talking about. Posted via the Android Central App
  • +1 Posted via Android Central App
  • I've been playing the game since Sim City 2000 so yes I do know and this game is NOT a successor to SimCity4 but a build for mobile gaming.
  • Please make it a normal paid app. If it's in app purchase i pass... Posted via Android Central App
  • Love sim city, I'm in for this. Even with the IAPs you can probably build up. Posted via the Android Central App
  • The Simpsons Tapped Out game let's me build a city. It's a freemuim game. But it's not like you need to pay for anything if you don't want to. Sure you might miss out on some decorations, but the choice is yours. Yay freedom. I rather have that situation to the way they handled a previous paid iOS simcity game. They never fixed the bugs with it and just abandoned the project leaving users with an app that crashes and is unusable after you paid for it. I think they might have even pulled it from the store. So faced with the choice between a game that will get abandoned with no updates vs. a freemuim model that they will keep updating longer, the choice is an easy one for me. Posted via Android Central App
  • Chances are it will be free with a decent amount of content, but the best things will be in app purchases Posted via Android Central App
  • New? Been playing this on android in Canada for over a month. And updates have messed the game up. EA just wants your money.
  • You've been playing this for a month? I don't think so.
  • Actually he's not BS-ing, I played this more than a month ago. Then I stopped because one of their updates botched my progress. Then for some reason they took it off the Google Play Store.
  • I stand corrected as I did not consider the release in Canada. Sorry Adam. But on a side note, all gaming companies are in it for the money. As much money that I've spent on games, I would much rather spend $10-15 in an app than to drop $60-70...but that's just me.
  • You'd be wrong then. The game has already been released in several countries... Posted via Android Central App
  • Crazy! No Android? I am a huge sim city lover but without Android support this worth b worth less Posted via One+1
  • the fact that this is on an Android site, and the article is covered with references to it coming to Android means what, exactly?
  • Why is this on AC? Don't you have a website dedicated to Apple?
  • Good point.
  • Finally! An updated simcity, hopefully it's just a paid app, hate the Farmville model, I fear this will be... Posted via the Android Central App
  • Is this a sponsored article? Why is an iOS game article even on this site?
  • Read the article Posted via the Android Central App
  • You mean besides the fact that it's coming to Android, which is the focus of the article?
  • Freemuim, I'll have to pass. I'm the kind of guy that stops a microwave at 1 second to feel like a bomb defuser.
  • Great yet another IAP game I won't download. Just charge me for the game and I'll happily buy it. Once he said "They want to try their games for free" I knew what we had to look forward to. I hoped maybe a free demo and then a paid full version but then he brought up crafting. You can craft to earn steel to build buildings but why bother when you can buy 10 steel for $0.99??? Forget it... I give up.
  • I've been playing this for a couple of days on Android. It looks to be very IAP heavy. I haven't been able to get very far yet just doing things in game, and the rewards to earn the currency are not good enough. Clearly a Freemium game. Disappointing.
  • Why with the free play, i mean realky, i enjoy picking up a game for 20 to 30 minutes at a go so dont wish to be waiting an hour for my building to build. Seriously stop with the iap you've already ruined Theme Park for me EA!!
  • But EA is not the only company doing this. Its trending with lots of publishers so you might as well get ready for it.
  • Yeah but EA is the biggest P2W menace. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Sigh the chances of these being paid to enjoy the full experience doesn't seem to be the way it's going. But thanks to the community, mods will be abound like the tapped outs with the inifinty donuts and cash which has helped my Springfield considerably. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I thought this game was out already... Played it horrible same iap Posted from my note 3 :3
  • Freeium crap Posted via Android Central App
  • I've been playing non stop since the game launched in Canada. Here are my notes: Only about 10% of the content is locked by cash. You can actually earn cash as well in the game albeit rather slowly. There is so much other content to buy that I have not been concerned with the premium items at all. There was an update that messed with some of the settings to the game. It made police/fire/coverage change and messed up my city. When I complained on EA forum I was given a bunch of gold for my troubles. Another update has come and fixed up the past issues and the game is very playable now. The game is your standard free game, build stuff, wait for it to be produced and then on to the next. Very similar to the Simpson's where the premium part is to speed up item crafting or purchase exclusive items. There are WAAY more regular non premium items to buy, I still am trying to by them all. I understand why people may be upset about the premium charges but I feel they do not negatively affect the game, you can still play and have lots of cool stuff in your city without paying a single thing. I have yet to spend a single penny and I am totally addicted. If you are looking for a mobile replacement to the pc game released last year-round this is not it. It is completely different which I think is a good thing. It might be nice if some of the rewards I earn on mobile could go to the pc version or something but I'm fine with them being separate. Anyways,I hope this helps everyone understand what to expect when the it is available in all countries. I am in Calgary Alberta Canada if that matters. :) Posted via Android Central App
  • Nice review! Posted via the Android Central App
  • After the shambles that was the SimCity release on PC last year I'm not buying into this at all. This is what I'm looking forward to
  • Nah....That games looks too fake...I'll stick with SimCity
  • In another video the developers said the graphics and animation were not final. That being said, to me it already looks like it plays far better than recent versions of SimCity have. I wouldn't be so quick to write this one off. Posted via Android Central App
  • super Posted via the Android Central App
  • It will cost a fortune to progress to any level of the game where you can actually do things. I play very few games on Android because of so many of them relying on IAPs. I would honestly rather pay £10 for a great game and have everything unlocked rather than mess around with buying coins etc. I don't even bother playing games. The only one I played recently was TwoDots and even that tries to make you buy things. Think I'll end up giving this one a pass.
  • I was excited until I saw Freemium. Now I just don't care at all.