Published on March 8th, 2013 | by smikey11230
EA Offers an Update and Something to Make up for the Troubles of SimCity
It has been a bad few days since the launch of the new title from Maxis, SimCity. There have been error messages, failures to login, and many players that do get in have lost data due to rampant server issues interrupting the game’s always on-line DRM. According to Maxis General Manager, Lucy Bradshaw, there were more people logging into the servers than they had anticipated. In a statement on EA‘s site she wrote “OK, we agree, that was dumb, but we are committed to fixing it. In the last 48 hours we increased server capacity by 120 percent. It’s working – the number of people who have gotten in and built cities has improved dramatically. The number of disrupted experiences has dropped by roughly 80 percent.” While it looks like things are headed in the right direction, the problems aren’t quite over yet. She goes on to mention that she hopes to update everyone by sometime this weekend that the problem has been fully resolved, but only time will tell.
To make it up to the customers who were upset after not being able to play the game and then got told no refunds on digital products, EA has decided that on March 18th it will give those who have activated their copy of SimCity a free game from the EA catalogue. Players will receive an email telling them how they can redeem the game starting the 18th. Judging by the wording that they used, any game available in the Origin library should be selectable.
If you are one of the players affected, what game will you choose as the freebie? Let us know in the comments below.