A new Sim City is in the works at Maxis, reports German magazine Gamestar (via Shack News). The game's being developed with a view toward release next year, says the mag, and will be revealed next week at GDC. EA's Erik Reynolds hinted at a similar possibility earlier this month, teasing an “EA Maxis GDC announcement, huge event” over Twitter (via CVG).

Development on the new Sim City, according to Gamestar, is headed by Maxis' Kip Katsarelis. The game's at around 30% completion, says the magazine, far too early to display graphics to the public – but concept artwork (above) offers an idea of the game's target look. Employing a new Glassbox rendering engine, the game will supposedly offer more organic player control of elements such as road placement and camera movement, with Maxis aiming to deliver a level of detail that'll hold up at 1:1 zoom just as well as in Sim City's more traditional macro-perspective. Of course, all of these details are “apparently” this and “allegedly” that until EA and Maxis make their big reveal at GDC's Game Changers event next week...

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  • MadMan - March 1, 2012 6:52 p.m.

    I really hope this comes out on 360. My PC can barely run Sim City 4. I don't think it will have a chance with this.
  • Ariaka - March 1, 2012 noon

    Was just playing 2k on Win last night XD Now need to play SNES on VC Will Wright getting chased by Bowser win =P I like how all I said to sister was Llama City 5, and she got what I meant XD
  • Ariaka - March 1, 2012 11:56 a.m.

    I'll take some Llama City XD I was just playing 2k on Windows last night =P Need to play the SNES on VC now, too. (Will Wright getting chased by Bowser win XD)
  • darron13 - March 1, 2012 10:48 a.m.

    SO MUCH WANT I still play Simcity 4 to this day
  • SentientSquidMachine - February 29, 2012 8:28 p.m.

    Sim City 4 is the only game I've ever rage quit; that being said, I will be all over this game next year.
  • JokerJ0613 - February 29, 2012 5:14 p.m.

    Wow, now those are Graphics.
  • keltar93 - February 29, 2012 2:43 p.m.

    That sounds like fun. Haven't had one of those in a while.

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