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EA has had issues with server crashes during launch

Electronic Arts (EA) announced today that it will add more servers for its "SimCity" launch period in order to prevent further issues.

"What we are doing is deploying more servers over the coming two days which will alleviate many of the ongoing issues," said senior producer Kip Katsarellis on the EA forum. "We are also paying close attention to all the bug reports we are receiving from our fans. We've already pushed several updates in the last few days. Our live ops team is working 24/7 to resolve issues and ensure that bug fixes roll into the game as quickly as possible."

"SimCity" is an online-only game published by EA. It was released in North America on Tuesday, and was released in Europe today. It will make its way to the UK tomorrow.

While EA said there would be no server issues earlier this week, that didn't turn out to be the case as servers crashed at international launch. Many gamers on Facebook, forums, etc. have voiced their frustrations.

"Want to fix SimCity EA? Get rid of the stupid DRM and servers!" said one Facebook user. "We don't need them to play a single player game."

Source: Joystiq

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RE: How about this?
By Motoman on 3/7/2013 2:02:36 PM , Rating: 5
I concur. I was planning on buying this game...but after learning it requires internet? Nope. Forget it, EA.

Same goes for Ubisoft and their demonic Uplay thing. They utterly ruined the Heroes of Might & Magic franchise for me.

Both of those companies can go pound sand.

RE: How about this?
By Trisped on 3/7/2013 2:24:05 PM , Rating: 4
It is interesting, but not worth it.

Not only are there problems with the servers, but it is buggy.
I would probably have a better opinion of it if I could play the tutorial (to find out some of the new features and differences), but every time I tried the map would load, but nothing else would happen.

When I went to buy the game it struck me that I was buying from EA, a company I hated back in the late 90's because all the games I played from them were buggy and they seemed very anti-consumer. I figured I would give them another chance, but so far I do not want to buy anything from them ever again.

RE: How about this?
By Samus on 3/7/2013 11:51:40 PM , Rating: 3
I'm interested in this game, but will pass. BF3 is about as much as I can handle from EA regarding DRM, Origin, price tiering and obvious neglect to fix bugs and hacks viewable on YouTube for weeks.

EA is destroying developers.

RE: How about this?
By MrBlastman on 3/8/2013 1:46:46 PM , Rating: 2
Isn't the reboot supposed to have less depth than Sim City 4 with the expansions?

To me, that alone even before you look at the DRM is enough to stay away. Sim City has always been about adding more depth and complexity as the series went on. The fourth one had incredible depth and it was easy to get lost in it for hours at a time without even noticing. Only one other game designer has every achieved this and that is Sid Meier with his Civ games and even, believe it or not, Pirates (the reboot back in 2004 was engrossing).

The DRM though, even if the depth has not been sacrificed, is enough for me to stay away. Sim City 4 more than fulfills my city building fix, even if it isn't multiplayer.

RE: How about this?
By Motoman on 3/10/2013 11:34:36 AM , Rating: 2
...and now they're going to be giving out free games and stuff to "compensate" for the trouble people have been having.

A cute but meaningless gesture, as it does nothing to address the actual problem. Which, of course, is the fact that they make it require internet access.

Smart people will still refuse to buy the game because of that. EA, if you want to make amends and maximize your revenue and profits, knock it off with the internet requirement.

...and your f%cking DRM. Which is why I returned Spore unopened to the store when I received it as a gift. Smart people won't put up with your DRM even if the product is free to them.

There's a reason why you were voted the Worst Company in America.

RE: How about this?
By Motoman on 3/11/2013 11:16:23 AM , Rating: 2

We have no intention of offlining SimCity any time soon but we'll look into that as part of our earning back your trust efforts.

OK. Then we have no intention of buying SimCity any time soon. But we'll look into that as part of our waiting for you to become trustworthy efforts.

RE: How about this?
By SlyNine on 3/12/2013 3:07:52 AM , Rating: 2
I 2nd that!

"And boy have we patented it!" -- Steve Jobs, Macworld 2007
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