Re: Simcity is Back!
Ouch.... We'll see how they treat MP and whether or not you really needed to be online all the time in Simcity. If they make it so people can work on a persistent world and come and go as they want, then yes I could see maybe why they would need online 24/7. If they make a single player game where people can't join it and you have to switch to MP, then obviously there isn't a need for you to have to be online.
I like the comparison of using spore and not BF3... Pretty sure EA has had it's moments with battlefield games between server maintenance, crashing, and patching. I doubt this game is going to sell as fast as D3 so they should have a bit easier time keeping the servers up.
EDIT: OUCH x2... Pre-order on Origin is $80.