Signs Getting Stronger that SimCity 5 is Coming—in 2013

There are so many "leaked" trailers that have survived multiple days on YouTube, it's hard to believe this isn't deliberate. Whatever the case, this silent slideshow of SimCity 5 concept art is alleged to be source material for a GDC announcement, and the game will release in 2013.

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Earlier this week, seven images published in a German magazine hinted at a sequel, reboot or re-release for the venerable franchise. Speculation has it Electronic Arts will formally announce SimCity's fifth full edition sometime during GDC this week.

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Joystiq notes that the lack of a "5" from the SimCity title could mean the series is getting a reboot, as opposed to a sequel. SimCity 4 released in 2003, with seven titles since then being released mainly for mobile devices.

Rumor: Leaked pre-visualization SimCity 5 trailer purports 2013 launch window [Joystiq]

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Funny thing, I remember in the back of my mind, back when SC3000 came out, Will Wright answered a question of "why isn't SC3k a full 3D game". He said something along the lines of "computers aren't yet able to depict the cities as we wish them. You'd probably need at least 2GB video RAM to be able to perform well at that level of detail"

So, 2GB isn't a standard yet, but it's becoming a common configuration for video cards... and by 2013 it's bound to be a bit more widespread.

Our bodies have been ready for 10 years, but it seems our machines are finally ready, as well.