SimCity (2013)

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This page is for the 2013 game. For the first game, see SimCity (1989).

SimCity cover
Electronic Arts
macOS (OS X) Aspyr Media
Release dates
Windows March 5, 2013
macOS (OS X) August 29, 2013
SimCity (2013) guide on StrategyWiki
SimCity (2013) on MobyGames
SimCity (2013) on Wikipedia
Subseries of Sim
SimCity (1989) 1989
SimCity 2000 1994
SimCity 2000 Network Edition 1996
SimCopter 1996
Streets of SimCity 1997
SimCity 3000 1999
SimCity 4 2003
SimCity Societies 2007
SimCity (2013) 2013

Key points

For an exhaustive list of bugs go here.

General information

Origin Server Status and @simcity Twitter feed to check game servers.
EA Forums
SimCity - Answer HQ - EA's technical difficulties forum.
Simtropolis - Bugs & Technical Issues
Simtropolis - General Discussion


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
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Limited Edition (download or disc)
macOS (OS X)
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Complete Edition.
macOS (OS X)
Humble Store
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Complete Edition.
macOS (OS X)
Mac App Store
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macOS (OS X)
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Standard Edition or Complete Edition.
Complete Edition included with EA Play.
macOS (OS X)
All Windows versions require Origin DRM.
No longer requires a constant internet connection and can be played offline; online and offline cities are separate.[1]

Version differences[edit]

The Mac App Store version includes DLC but does not support online multiplayer.
The Complete Edition includes the base game and all paid DLC.

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
SimCity: Cities of Tomorrow Included with EA Play.
macOS (OS X)
Digital Deluxe Upgrade Pack Changes the base game edition to Digital Deluxe. Includes Heroes and Villains Set and the French, German and British City Sets.[2]
macOS (OS X)
Airships Set Included with EA Play.
macOS (OS X)
Amusement Park Set Included with EA Play.
macOS (OS X)
British City Set Included with EA Play.
macOS (OS X)
French City Set Included with EA Play.
macOS (OS X)
German City Set Included with EA Play.
macOS (OS X)
Heroes and Villains Set Exclusive to Limited Edition or Digital Deluxe.[3]
macOS (OS X)
Attractions Set Free limited promotion with Crest and Oral-B products in the United States.[4] The promotion has ended.[5]
macOS (OS X)
Progressive Insurance Set Free limited promotion for Progressive Insurance. The promotion has ended.[6]
macOS (OS X)
The 100% Electric Nissan Leaf Free download from Origin to promote the Nissan Leaf.[7]
macOS (OS X)

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
macOS (OS X)

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\SimCity\Games\
macOS (OS X) ~/Documents/SimCity/Games/
Only offline mode cities are stored in this location; online mode cities are stored on the server.[1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes

Video settings[edit]

Graphics settings.
Graphics settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Use -r:XXXXxYYYY parameter to set the resolution.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Use -w parameter to start in windowed mode.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Supports 30, 60 and uncapped frame rates.
Color blind mode
Go to Settings, Graphics and change Filter appropriately.[8]

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.

Audio settings[edit]

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
No intelligible dialog. All in-game dialog uses the fictional Simlish language.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Speech is a fictional language called Simlish.
Speech bubbles instead of subtitles.
Brazilian Portuguese
Origin only lists Spanish for Digital Deluxe version.
Traditional Chinese


Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
LAN play
Online play

Connection types

Issues unresolved[edit]

List of SimCity (2013) bugs.

Motion blur cannot be disabled[edit]

No option to disable motion blur.[9]

Vertical line on right edge of screen[edit]

Line appears on right edge, even when windowed.[10]

Issues fixed[edit]

Textures not loading[edit]

Textures not loading issue
Textures not loading issue
Reinstall the game[11]

Simcity.exe crashes/terminates before the launcher shows up[edit]

Enable NetBIOS over TCP/IP on Windows 7[12]
  1. Click Start, and then click Network (click Start, type ncpa.cpl into the search box for Windows 7 or Vista, press Enter).
  2. Click on the Network and Sharing Center
  3. Click Manage Network Connections.
  4. Right click on the Local Area Connection select Properties.
  5. Select Internet Protocol version 4 (TCP/IPv4).
  6. Click the Advanced button under the General tab.
  7. Click the WINS tab.
  8. Click Enable NetBIOS Over TCP/IP.
  9. Click OK and Exit the settings.
Reinstall Origin[12]
  1. Completely uninstall Origin.
  2. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Origin Games. Depending on how many games you have you will find a few registry folders that come up as numbers.
  3. If you click on any of these there will be a value in the right pane called "DisplayName", which shows the name of the game that registry location is for.
  4. Find the registry (in the Origin Games registry folder) that shows SimCity for the DisplayName.
  5. Once you find the SimCity registry folder, delete it.
  6. Re-download a new Origin install file, and install Origin.
  7. Now go to the location that you installed Origin in (usually C:\Program Files (x86)\Origin) and find the "Origin.exe" file.
  8. Right click the file and go to properties and then go to the compatibility tab. At the bottom there will be a check box with "Run this program as administrator". Check the box, click apply, then click OK.

Checking for updates[edit]

'Checking for updates' is stuck when launching the game.
Delete SimCityUserData folder[13]

Delete all files in <path-to-game>\SimCityUserData\

Data maps/region borders/snap points not showing[edit]

Applies to computers that use AMD Catalyst Control Center with ATI graphics cards
Set ATI 3D Settings to Default[14]
  1. Click Start, and then click All Programs (differs for each operating system), then click AMD Control Center
  2. Go to GAMING catagory and select 3D Application Settings
  3. Change all settings back to default (or make a separate profile for Simcity), specifically the anti aliasing settings.
  4. Run Simcity with the Catalyst settings on default to check that the problem has been solved. If not re-install the game and restart the computer.

Blue screen when starting SimCity with Crossfire enabled[edit]

Applies to computers with AMD graphics cards in Crossfire.
Disable CrossfireX (AMD Catalyst)[citation needed]

Under the "Performance" section of the AMD Catalyst Control Center, in the AMD CrossfireX tab, select "Disable AMD CrossFireX"

Disable CrossfireX (RadeonPro)[citation needed]
  1. Download and install RadeonPro
  2. In RadeonPro, click "Add new profile". Navigate to and select SimCity executable (default C:\Program Files (x86)\Origin Games\SimCity\SimCity\SimCity.exe)
  3. Select the profile in RadeonPro
  4. In the launcher tab of RadeonPro, configure launcher as Steam/Impulse/Origin
  5. In the tweaks tab of RadeonPro, under CrossfireX Tweaks, move the slider so that "Turn off CrossfireX" shows above it
  6. Play the game

Other information[edit]

Debug mode / Pop Fix[edit]

Enable Debug mode / Pop Fix using BagOfTrix.package[15]
  1. Download BagOfTrix.package from any of the mirrors on this Reddit Post
  2. Place into <path-to-game>\SimCityData\


Mod guides[edit]

Rudimentary modding guide by reddit user Plornt.


Place the file in <path-to-game>\SimCityData\ Remember to delete any pre-existing mods: DebugEnable.package~


  • Full Javascript Debug Console/Development Editor - Ctrl+ Shift+E to use
  • Un-fudged population numbers
  • Expose debug UI
  • Debug menus
  • Roads outside of boundaries
  • Game going on while in budget crisis.

Skyepack Modpack[edit]

Included in this GitHub repository is an installer for Skyestorme's Skyepack 3.2 modpack.

Other information[edit]


Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
macOS (OS X)
Support for 64-bit was added in December 2019.

System requirements[edit]

Operating system (OS) XP, Vista, 7
Processor (CPU) AMD Athlon 64 X2 4000+
2.0 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
System memory (RAM) 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 12 GB
Video card (GPU) AMD Radeon HD 2600
Nvidia GeForce 7800 GTX
or Intel HD Graphics Family
256 MB of VRAM
Shader model 3.0 support
Other Broadband Internet connection with at least 256Kb/s Down and 64Kb/s Up
macOS (OS X)
Operating system (OS) 10.8.5
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo 2.2 GHz
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 12 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 8800 series
AMD Radeon HD 2600 Pro
256 MB of VRAM
Other Broadband Internet connection with at least 256Kb/s Down and 64Kb/s Up
Intel GPUs are not officially supported on OS X.