Maxis has announced that SimCity Update 10 will include an offline mode that will allow players to play the city builder without ever connecting to the Internet.

“When we launch it, all of your previously downloaded content will be available to you anytime, anywhere, without the need for an internet connection,” wrote Patrick Buechner, general manager of the Maxis Emeryville studio, on the SimCity blog.

“In Update 10, you can still play solo in Regions on your own, or in Multiplayer with people from around the world. What’s new is the singleplayer mode, which allows you to play the game Offline by yourself. And because your saved games in this mode are stored locally, you can save and load to your heart’s content.

“Bringing the game Offline means big things for our wonderful community of Modders. They can now make modifications to the game and its components without compromising the integrity of the Online game.

“if you’re interested in making your own content take a look at the Modding Policy. To get you started, we will be rolling out a series of tutorials from the studio that surfaces how we’ve created some of the content that you’ve seen so far in hopes of inspiring your creativity.”

Following a disastrous launch, SimCity was widely criticised for requiring an Internet connection.

Amid the outrage, Maxis claimed that an offline mode was “just not possible”, despite claims to the contrary.

With the appearance of a mod that allowed offline play, the company finally admitted that an offline mode was possible, but that it did not fit with its vision for the game.