Unless you've been living under a rock since the start of March, then you've likely already heard about the drama surrounding SimCity. Namely players having server issues that rendered the game unplayable, among other things. Well, despite all the anger the Internet managed to drum up, EA is proudly announcing some decent sales numbers throughout those two beleaguered weeks. Apparently, SimCity managed to sell over 1.1 million units in that time.
Of those sales, over 54 percent were from digital copies, downloaded straight from EA's Origin service or "other download services." EA has also reported record numbers logging into SimCity via Origin, leading to new records for peak concurrent users on Origin -- starting at 1.3 million "and rising."
EA COO Peter Moore had a few things to say, too, about the game's overall success:
“SimCity had a great weekend with sales strong across both North America and Europe, adding to overwhelming demand at launch that has us tracking well beyond expectations for the game. SimCity is one of the storied brands in gaming, and Maxis delivered a game re-envisioned and engineered for the online age.”
Here are a few more figures taken from those first two weeks:
- SimCity players have logged more than 15 million hours of online gameplay.
- More than 5.7 million original cities have been created since launch.
- More than 780 million buildings have been built.
- SimCity mayors to date have built enough road and railroad tracks to circle the globe more than 40,000 times.
EA also pointed out that they've expanded server capacity by 400% since launch, and made a number of other fixes in an effort to quell player rage. Well, no matter how angry the players seem to be, those numbers don't lie: people like SimCity, and no amount of launch issues will keep them away from it.
If you happen to be one of those unfortunate souls affected by launch problems, EA today released the brief list of games you can choose from as free compensation. The options do include SimCity 4, along with a number of newer titles.