It was only a matter of when, not if. Publisher Electronic Arts officially revealed its Facebook version of SimCity last week at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles, California.
SimCity Social, from the collaborative efforts of developers Maxis and Playfish, is designed to be a "real" city building simulation, at least when compared to what's currently available on the social platform (i.e., CityVille).
SimCity Social's most distinctive feature is that players will choose the type of city they want to create and watch it evolve over time based on their decisions during play.
The inclusion of city-shaping decisions means that SimCity Social does not follow a set, linear path, allowing for more creativity and personalization options. As with the games in the popular computer series, players will serve as their created city's mayor and deal with issues such as fires, crime and pollution.
As you play with others, you'll be able form "relationships" with different cities in a similar fashion to relationships in The Sims Social, which means other mayors can either be friends or foes. How these beneficial or adversarial relationships will influence your city is not yet known.
SimCity Social is currently in closed beta and not yet available to play, but if you "like" the SimCity Social page on Facebook, you'll be able to get three items for use in your city when the game launches. You can also view trailers and get a glimpse of the type of content you'll be able to create as mayor.