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EA Giving Free Game To SimCity Owners as Apology for Server Problems

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Posted on March 9, 2013 AT 05:15pm

As a way to say “we’re sorry” to all of those who have had issues getting online with SimCity since its release, EA has announced that they’ll be offering up a free game for you troubles.

Last night, Maxis general manager Lucy Bradshaw—who, I’m sure, hasn’t enjoyed the week she’s been having—took to the official EA blog to make the following announcement. As a part of that, Bradshaw revealed that “On March 18, SimCity players who have activated their game will receive an email telling them how to redeem their free game.”

What exactly that game is we’re not sure just yet. And, Bradshaw even admits that giving a free game isn’t really the best answer to the problems EA’s servers have been having. “I know that’s a little contrived – kind of like buying a present for a friend after you did something crummy,” Bradshaw wrote. “But we feel bad about what happened.”

But, hey—a free game is better than a punch to the face. Or, a gift horse that won’t drink water. Or, you know, however that saying goes.

Here’s Bradshaw’s post:

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.

 

Source: Official EA Blog

Eric L. Patterson, Executive Editor
Eric L. Patterson got his start via self-publishing game-related fanzines in junior high, and now has one goal in life: making sure EGM has as much coverage of niche Japanese games as he can convince them to fit in. Eric’s also active in the gaming community on a personal level, being an outspoken voice on topics such as equality in gaming and consumer rights. Stalk him on Twitter: @pikoeri. Meet the rest of the crew.

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