SimCity Cities of Tomorrow: The Academy Dec 16, 2013 Game Designer Shawn Stone |
In SimCity Cities of Tomorrow, The Academy is a think tank of brilliant researchers and scientists. The products the Academy researches can help your city run more efficiently and cleanly, but overreliance on The Academy can be dangerous. This blog will tell you why as well as examining some strategies for getting the most out of your Academy.
High Wealth Equals High Science
High wealth workers are the key to an efficient Academy. These wealthy workers will research faster and produce more ControlNet and increasing land value is the first step in getting high wealth workers to your Academy.
High wealth parks, including the Millennium Park, can sufficiently increase land value along with other city buildings that provide high wealth land value including the Mayor's Mansion, Elite MegaTowers, and even The Academy itself. Since Academy modules can be placed anywhere in your city and increase land value, spread them out or you may lose land value boosts if you overlap them with the main Academy building. Check the land value map for areas suitable for high wealth development, then zone residential to get the most out of your Academy.
Once you have high enough land value and high wealth houses appear, you'll have to keep them happy. High wealth houses are pickier than their poor counterparts, so you'll have to provide them with non-essential comforts like education and police coverage. They'll be quicker to complain about pollution, garbage and taxes, so be careful that you don't develop faster than your budget allows for. High wealth houses need high wealth shopping to keep them happy, so be sure to increase land value in commercial neighborhoods, too. Check the population details, keep your high wealth workers happy and they'll stick around to work in The Academy.
Try bolstering your wealthy Academy workforce with Elite MegaTowers. Plopping a MegaTower increases high wealth land value, which can be the start to a high wealth neighborhood. You can add High Wealth Mall Levels or Park Levels to Elite MegaTowers to keep your wealthy Sims happy, whether they live in the MegaTower or not.
The Academy Shuttle
Now that you have high wealth workers in your city, you'll have to get them to The Academy. One easy way is to plop The Academy right into a residential neighborhood. If you don't want The Academy in your residential neighborhoods though, you can use a streetcar or bus system to get workers to The Academy. Keep in mind though, high wealth workers won't ride the bus. Once you've researched it, the Maglev is a very efficient way to shuttle workers to and from The Academy. Keep an eye out for traffic jams around The Academy once you have a lot of workers going there. You may want to consider adjusting your road layout to minimize intersections with lights in front of The Academy. Check the population data map to watch workers commute to The Academy and make that path as efficient for them as you can.
The Academy won't be the only source of high wealth jobs in your city. Be aware that high wealth workers may instead work at city buildings like City Hall, the University or the Community College if they are closer. As your Academy starts to increase your industry's tech level, more high wealth jobs will open in your industrial neighborhoods. High wealth workers may work in these factories instead of The Academy, so keep an eye on The Academy and your population details. High wealth houses have smaller populations and fewer workers than lower wealth houses, so you should increase density to medium and high density high wealth houses soon after opening The Academy. If you want workers to look for jobs at The Academy first, make sure that they live closer to The Academy.
With ControlNet, hope for the best and plan for the worst. Maintain a healthy ControlNet margin in anticipation of ControlNet fluctuations. Consider having backup sources of water or power if your primary water or power solutions rely on ControlNet. If other cities in the region are buying ControlNet from you, consider alternatives. If they're using the ControlNet they're buying from you to run their own power plants, perhaps you should sell them power from a Fusion Power Plant instead? Play it safe, or you could have a ControlNet emergency. It can be risky to rely solely on Academy technology.
If you have a large number of workers in a few medium density houses and they increase in density, there won't be any workers to leave from those houses while the new houses are under construction. If you are barely meeting your ControlNet needs, you run the risk of having buildings or modules turn off, which can cause a cascading failure. If you can't keep your Sewage Sanitizer running, you might have high wealth Sims move out due to backed up sewage, which can deplete your Academy staff, worsening the problem.
ControlNet and The Academy can be incredibly useful to help you create a green, shining utopian city. To succeed, you need to attract, maintain and transport a steady supply of high wealth workers. Play it safe with ControlNet to ensure that your city isn't hurt by a ControlNet deficiency. With an efficiently run Academy though, you can transform your city into a beautiful city of tomorrow.
With The Academy, your future begins today.