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EA "Confident" About Stable SimCity EU Launch

Jonathan Lester
EA, Maxis, Origin, PC games, SimCity

EA "Confident" About Stable SimCity EU Launch

EA have apparently learned some lessons from SimCity's awkward American release, promising EU players that Origin servers will be ready for action on Friday.

"We’re making changes to prevent further issues, and are confident that Origin will be stable for international launches later this week," reads a new tweet from @Origininsider, following numerous SimCity customers being unable to log into the US servers since yesterday's release. Origin has been struggling to keep up with demand, leading to endless queues and failed login attempts.

"The SimCity servers are currently inundated with the masses of eager mayors attempting to govern their cities," apologised EA in a statement.

"We are working to clear traffic from the roads and hope to have all players managing their cities as soon as possible. We're sorry for any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your patience while we work on a resolution to this issue."

Since we can't actually review SimCity until the EU servers go live, our full verdict will sadly have to go live after the fact.

Though we're excited about SimCity's 'always connected' philosophy and the new gameplay opportunities it provides, this rather inelegant start has got us a little worried about the future. What happens during maintenance... or worse, server shutdowns months or years from now? Let us know whether you're looking forward to SimCity as much as we are in the comments.

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Meiser  Mar. 6, 2013 at 10:58

I agree; the "always online" idea has been a concern on mine ever since I first heard about it. I like to be able to play MY games on MY computer whenever/wherever I want and there are times when I do not have a internet connection.

This is the main reason why I haven't pre-ordered it; I LOVED the closed beta but it is the future and flexibility that have held me back.

I guess we'll have to wait and see...

Teppic2000  Mar. 6, 2013 at 11:50

I fully expect they'll be less problems with the EU launch as a lot of people will have cancelled their pre-orders off of the back of the shoddy US release and negative feedback over city size and orphaned neighbour cities.

Quietus  Mar. 6, 2013 at 11:51

I agree. I just can't agree with always online. There could be any number of reasons why you may not have a connection, which doesn't just leave you without the latest update, but leaves you with no game whatsoever.

Tsung  Mar. 6, 2013 at 14:40

OFC EA are going to say "there isn't going to be any issues" what else are they going to say?. I doubt they would ever say "Sorry we got it wrong, EU release is going to be just as bad".

I was so hyped for this game, now, it's a "wait and see" approach. Didn't pre-order, glad I didn't pre-order. Apart from the online issues, the really small build area seem silly, it looks more sim small town than city. :/

I wonder if the small build area is deliberate, expect a DLC pack soon. Sim City Epic Cities.. These regions allow you to build even larger cities. etc. etc. only £11.95 :P

Last edited by Tsung, Mar. 6, 2013 at 14:42
MattGardner  Mar. 6, 2013 at 14:48

If these things come to pass, Tsung, I'm blaming you :p

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