While SimCity is still plodding through a messy launch week (now weekend), EA and Maxis have announced their latest attempt to alleviate their community's burning rage. How does a free game strike you? Because that's what they're offering.
Maxis general manager Lucy Bradshaw made a lengthy post on the EA website, where she first admits her company is at fault for not better preparing for the launch rush. Then the latter half of the post goes on to announce the "We're sorry" giveaway.
No details were included, but we know that on March 18, anyone who registered their copy of SimCity will receive an email with instructions for redeeming your free PC game. I'm guessing it has to be for Origin, too.
At any rate, we'll hear more this weekend. For now, here's Bradshaw's blog post in full:
Here’s a quick update on the problems we were experiencing with SimCity – and a little something extra for people who bought the game.
The server issues which began at launch have improved significantly as we added more capacity. But some people are still experiencing response and stability problems that we’re working fast to address.
So what went wrong? The short answer is: a lot more people logged on than we expected. More people played and played in ways we never saw in the beta.
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.
So we’re close to fixed, but not quite there. I’m hoping to post another update this weekend to let everyone know that the launch issues are behind us.
Something Special for Your Trouble
The good news is that SimCity is a solid hit in all major markets. The consensus among critics and players is that this is fundamentally a great game. But this SimCity is made to be played online, and if you can’t get a stable connection, you’re NOT having a good experience. So we’re not going to rest until we’ve fixed the remaining server issues.
And to get us back in your good graces, we’re going to offer you a free PC download game from the EA portfolio. On March 18, SimCity players who have activated their game will receive an email telling them how to redeem their free game.
I know that’s a little contrived – kind of like buying a present for a friend after you did something crummy. But we feel bad about what happened. We’re hoping you won’t stay mad and that we’ll be friends again when SimCity is running at 100 percent.
SimCity is a GREAT game and the people who made it are incredibly proud. Hang in there – we’ll be providing more updates throughout the weekend.
When SimCity was released this last Tuesday, March 5, many players became disgruntled customers when they discovered they were unable to play the game. Queues just to get into queue to access the game's servers meant players had to wait hours just to make a private game. EA has been trying to improve the situation by starting up new servers and disabling "non-critical" features.
Thanks for the tip, DNA2251! We hope you've been able to play your copy already.