Electronics Arts announced they're working on SimCityEDU, a special version of Sim City designed for educational purposes. This game will be marketed to schools as an educational tool to help encourage interest in science, maths, technology and engineering based subjects.
It will be built around helping teachers base lesson plans around the challenges facing modern cities and aims to help children develop leadership skills through urban planning, environmental management and socio-economic development.
To build the title, EA has worked in conjunction with GlassLab, a design studio that focuses on learning through video games.
'We want to up the ante of SimCity’s educational influence,' said EA Maxis general manager and senior vice-president Lucy Bradshaw. 'For decades, SimCity has been embraced by the educational community as an engaging videogame that also provides a powerful learning experience, teaching problem solving skills through imaginative civic gameplay,'