Future Mayors of SimCity will of course know that the game is set to return in 2013, and Maxis are clearly excited by the opportunity to recreate it for an entirely new generation of gamers.

They plan to show us the cutting edge aspects that will make this the deepest, richest and most accessible simulation in the franchise to-date in the coming months, beginning with a look at their “super power”: GlassBox.

GlassBox is the simulation engine that powers the world of SimCity, and this look under the hood is intended to demonstrate the integrity of the simulation.

In developing SimCity, Maxis’ philosophy is What You See Is What You Sim; every aspect of the game is an agent that reports back to the underlying simulation. Thanks to GlassBox the world comes to life around you in a meaningful way.

More videos will be released soon – stay tuned!