The last time anyone saw a SimCity game released was years ago, as The Sims, a game developed by Will Wright, took over as the top dog for Electronic Arts and their game studio, Maxis. As an independent studio, Maxis developed many Sim games before The Sims, including Sim Farm, Sim Tower, Sim Ant, Sim Earth, and so forth... but their biggest game, which once captured the world, was of course... SIMCITY. So successful were these series of simulation games, that they began to be used as part of education regarding public planning for kids in middle school and junior high. So what happened to SimCity? Well, it appears work began on SimCity 5 quite awhile ago, and has been hidden under closed doors, while EA continues to release new expansion packs for The Sims 3, seemingly non-stop. In some cases, these expansions include features that were already included in expansion packs for The Sims 2. But any way, back to SimCity 5. The only bad part? Interviews with the developers reveal that while SimCity 5 will be the most realistic and interesting city simulator yet, including cities that exist in perpetuity online, it will NOT have the ability to build subway systems out of the box. Oh well, but it looks like the latest SimCity will make up for it in quite a few more ways than one. Behold! Still not satisfied for having to wait months for SimCity 5? You can sign up for the beta right here: SimCity Beta is Here!