EA has announced that the iconic SimCity franchise is to receive a major new instalment on PC in 2013.
Billed as a "true rebirth" for Maxis' legendary city-building series, the new game will feature a more in-depth simulation of a living, breathing metropolis than ever thanks to the developer's new GlassBox Engine technology.
Players will be able to create unique and visually distinct cities, the residents of which will have their own jobs, purchase homes and contribute to the economy.
Cities can be transformed into anything from financial capitals to industrial complexes, though gamers will need to be aware of wider societal issues like climate change and natural disasters.
The new SimCity will also include full multiplayer options, allowing gamers to create their ideal city of the future together.
Lucy Bradshaw, senior vice president of Maxis, said: "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."
SimCity has been going strong since making its debut on PC way back in 1989 and is the brainchild of Will Wright, creator of The Sims and Spore.