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SimCity update 1.7 released, improves traffic congestion

Latest patch makes path finding more realistic

EA has released SimCity update 1.7, which is designed to improve traffic congestion issues.

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Nonsensical traffic jams have been the topic of much debate since the game's release, and developer Maxis recently acknowledged that improving path finding was a priority.

Update 1.7

  • Traffic Improvements: Tuned traffic congestion and fixed some intersection traffic issues.
  • Traffic improvements: Emergency Vehicles will drive in empty lanes to get around traffic at intersections.
  • Traffic improvements: Emergency and Delivery vehicles get priority over regular traffic when leaving garage.
  • All units and buildings can now be demolished using the bulldoze tool.
  • Performance improvements for low spec systems.
  • New Server: Asia 2 will be released Tuesday afternoon (PDT)!

Despite a turbulent launch, EA said this week that SimCity sales have cleared 1.1 million copies in two weeks.

It also revealed a choice of games it's offering SimCity players for free as compensation for the server issues which ruined the game for many customers post-launch.

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