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The first of many great works in the upcoming SimCity, The International Airport. Build it with your friends and watch your region grow!

Hi SimCity Insiders! I’m Daniel Kline (aka MaxisSparks). I’m one of the system designers on SimCity. I work on regional play, including Great Works. Today, we’ll explore Great Works in detail, specifically one of my favorites, the International Airport.

Great Works are new to SimCity. We wanted to build things that were giant, which would break the boundaries of what we’d done in the past. Every great city is defined by great projects. And because SimCity is about multiple cities working together within a region, we wanted to have a building that players built together, maintained together, and shared together. Thus, the Great Works building was born.

When International Airports were first built, they reshaped the globe. For the first time, you could visit someone halfway around the world in a single day. Today, building an International Airport is like a rite of passage for up-and-coming metropolises, and it’s a common feature outside major cities. International Airports disembark curious travelers, deliver packages, and let families visit loved ones from across the world. In SimCity, the International Airport provides nearby cities with two significant benefits. First, passenger jets bring in hordes of tourists, which will head to your city if you have enough attractions (things like landmarks and parks). And second, cargo jets will haul away your industrial freight. Shipping freight keeps industry happy, and an International Airport’s cargo jets will support a heavily industrial city without requiring an investment in commercial. The International Airport deliberately supports very different kinds of cities. Great Works are shared, and we want players to be excited to work together to complete one.

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