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'Cheetah speed' returns to SimCity

Plus, Maxis reveals update 2.0 is incoming

Maxis has reinserted the fastest gameplay mode, known as Cheetah Speed, to its divisive urban construction game SimCity.

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The EA studio disconnected the full-speed service in early March, as part of its frantic actions to satisfy overwhelming demand on the game.

Ultimately, the removal of Cheetah speed did not noticeably ease the game's traffic congestion, leaving EA with a reputation for hosting a major disaster launch.

On Wednesday - about a month since the launch troubles began - Maxis wrote on its Facebook page: "yes it's true, we've recently brought back Cheetah Speed".

The group added: "We're also working on Update 2.0, so stay tuned for more info."


Further reading: SimCity interview: Lucy Bradshaw reflects on a disaster launch


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