SimCity is upon us! Well...not exactly. The game has released across the Atlantic, but we'll have to wait until Friday for the game to hit European shelves.
Worryingly, we've had some of our US readership write in to inform us that players are experiencing a number of widespread server delays, with some rather annoying wait times just to start playing by oneself.
You might have thought, given EA's early proclamation that this would be an always-online, permanently connected game, that solid server infrastructure might have been in place ahead of launch. But no. It looks like they've bungled it.
Our sources are reporting wait times of up to an hour, just to play the game for the first time. Softpedia have reported that it’s taking up to three hours for the game just to unlock the damn thing! More, a number of the US sites, who were privy to a press event that didn't seem to happen here, have highlighted some crushingly disappointing city size restrictions.
Dear god, please, please tell us that hasn't paved the way for game-restricting microtransactions.
Here's a vid from TotalBiscuit showing the queue just to get into the game:
We've not yet received code for the game (though neither have a number of larger EU sites either), so we can't make solid judgements for ourselves at this time, and the EU servers don't go live until Friday anyway, so we'll have our review for you next week.
If the game actually starts.
We've been so very excited by the potential of this game, but massive amounts of wariness are now creeping in. We'll try and bring you some sort of appraisal as swiftly as we can, but with EA's UK PR team yet to inform us of the plan for this week, it's anyone's guess as to when that will be next week.