A thread has appeared on EA’s forums, outlining some of the current SimCity development focuses. These include much-needed bug fixes to regional gifting, which has been severely broken since the 7.0 patch.
School Buses: Improving school bus behavior to prevent traffic jams being caused by buses becoming stuck Recycling Trucks: Addressing recycling trucks grouping together Low resolution ground textures: Drawing the correct resolution textures around buildings based on your graphical settings Terrain: Improving ground terrain texture to prevent terrain drawing over road sections Gifting: Investigating gifting reliability where sending money gifts would arrive in incorrect values or not at all
Still no sign of larger maps, unfortunately. Nonetheless, these incremental improvements to the simulation are appreciated by those of us who have stuck with SimCity.