Curious to know how the new SimCity is going to work? Though this first look under the hood may not be as pretty as the finished game, it's a fascinating insight into how thousands of little systems create a living, breathing city.
Rather excitingly, we learn that when it comes to on-screen animations "what you see is always a 1:1 representation of what the simulation is doing."
So if there's coal going up a power plant's conveyor, SimCity is on the cusp of turning it into power for the grid (and pollution for the air); trucks pulling up to new build housing signify the delivery of construction materials or new residents.
SimCity's planning on a 2013 release. Before then, the international, historical simulation Civilization V has its Gods & Kings expansion coming by July 2012.