Maxis is currently in the process of applying an update to SimCity servers that will disable "non-critical" features like leaderboards, achievements and region filters, temporarily. The goal of this being to alleviate some of the server stress that is preventing a portion of the player-base from accessing the game due to extended log-in queues. SimCity is currently launching in international territories as we speak and issues continue to persist.
Community Manager LadyCoconut, over in the Maxis SimCity forums, comments on the upcoming patch:
"We are continuing to do everything we can to address the server issues. In the meantime, so that we can give you as good an experience as possible, we are in the process of deploying a hotfix to all servers. This includes various improvements and also disables a few non-critical gameplay features (leaderboards, achievements and region filters). Disabling these features will in no way affect your core gameplay experience.
We will continue to let you know as we have more information. We know it has been said before, but we do appreciate your patience as we complete this latest update. Getting you playing is our absolute highest priority."
In the mean time, while Maxis works day and night to get its server issues straightened out, the greater gaming community has done a great job of reminding us there are a ton of great city-building titles out there worth revisiting. Whether it be SimCity 4 and its huge list of great modifications, or any of the other great games available on Steam like Tropico 4, Cities XL, City Life or Cities in Motion, if you want to build a city right now you can.
Otherwise, we'll keep you updated on the current status of SimCity's servers as best we're able to. After yesterday's patch, queues were still reported to be quite lengthy, especially in the evening. Australia's launch also saw robust server queues. Hopefully today's update will help out for the interim.