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The franchise that laid the foundations for the city building genre will be getting a brand new entry it was announced today at GDC. SimCity for PC will reportedly bring back the depth of simulation that earlier SimCity titles were known for while marrying it with next gen technology. The game will be powered by Maxis’ propriety Glassbox Engine and is under development at Maxis Emeryville. The game is set for a 2013 release.

“We’d like to thank the millions of fans who have helped make SimCity synonymous with the city-building genre. This is a franchise that means the world to us at Maxis and we’re happy to be bringing it back home where we are reimagining it for an entirely new generation of players,” said Lucy Bradshaw, Senior Vice President of EA’s Maxis Label. “Using our proprietary GlassBox Engine, SimCity for PC will equip players with the tools to play the most sophisticated simulation of its kind. We are dedicated to making sure the experience – no matter the platform – has the fun, flavor and playability that has been intrinsic to the franchise since its birth.”

A trailer is available at the official website for SimCity.

SimCity concept art crash scene