Electronic Arts bringing back ‘SimCity’ franchise

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) ? Electronic Arts is breaking ground on a new “SimCity.”

The video game publisher and “SimCity” developer Maxis unveiled plans to resurrect the 23-year-old metropolis-building franchise during a presentation Tuesday at the Game Developers Conference.

The new 3-D entry in the “SimCity” series is set for release next year for PC and will add the ability to construct curvy roads as well as introduce an online multiplayer mode that will allow one gamer’s digital city to affect neighboring towns created by other players.

The original “SimCity” was released in 1989. It spawned dozens of sequels and other installments, including “SimCity 2000,” ”SimTower,” ”SimEarth,” ”SimCity Societies” and “The Sims” franchise.

“SimCity 4” was the last game in the series developed by Maxis in 2003.