Maxis and EA have announced the return of SimCity, due to release in 2013 for PC.

One of gaming’s most iconic and well known series see players take the roll of town mayor as zones of land are marked for commercial, residential and industrial areas, before the city comes alive as the Sims move in to town on a macro scale.

With its return in 2013, SimCity will engage an entirely new generation of PC gamers as they take charge of their own customised cities and build a world that co-exists alongside friends.

For the first time in SimCity franchise history, players’ decisions will have long-lasting repercussions that will extend beyond their city limits. Together, players will address real global challenges such as climate change, the search for renewable resources and natural disasters. It’s up to the players to decide whether to compete or collaborate to shape the world of tomorrow – for better or for worse.

“We’d like to thank the millions of fans who have helped make SimCity synonymous with the city-building genre,” said Lucy Bradshaw, Senior Vice President of EA’s Maxis Label. ” We are dedicated to making sure the experience – no matter the platform – has the fun, flavour and playability that has been intrinsic to the franchise since its birth.”