Ever since its launch, SimCity has been generating headlines, and not always positive ones.
The game, which requires always online play, has infuriated gamers who purchased it on launch, as server issues have stopped many gamers from experiencing it. Issues first cropped up with the American launch, with EA stating these would be fixed for the European launch.
The same thing happened again though, with players struggling to start the game once it had installed. We tried on the hour for every hour over launch weekend and couldn’t get on at all (although it should be noted that our sister website Nowgamer was able to play for 20 hours in the same time frame with no problems. To make matters worse, EA began taking out key aspects of the game as it was fixing problems (although it should be pointed out that these have now been reinstated).
The debacle has reinforced people’s opinions of always online games and has caused further fallout within EA with its CEO, John Riccitiello, stepping down at the end of this month. EA were also made to look foolish when someone hacked the game so it could be played offline, after EA claimed this wasn’t possible. All in all there has been a lot of egg on EA’s face lately.
To make up for these recent issues, EA is offering a peace pipe in the form of a free game. If you register your copy of Sim City on Origin before the 25th of March you’ll receive the option to buy one of eight games: Battlefield 3, Bejeweled 3, Dead Space 3, Mass Effect 3, Medal Of Honor Warfighter, Need For Speed Most Wanted, Plants Vs Zombies and SimCity 4 Deluxe Edition.
It’s good to see EA stepping up to the plate and giving something back to the customers who have rewarded them with over 1 million sales of SimCity, but if the supposedly needed online authentication hadn’t been included in the first place this never would have happened. Still it’s certainly a step in the right direction and should help placate eary adopters of the game.