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SimCity Hit By Widespread Server Delays, Gamers Queuing To Unlock and Play

Matt Gardner
BEWARE!, EA Games, Maxis, SimCity, Simulation games

SimCity Hit By Widespread Server Delays, Gamers Queuing To Unlock and Play

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.

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Late  Mar. 5, 2013 at 13:11

I've never in my life used the expression "well colour me surprised", but I'm struggling to resist now...

No, it's okay - it passed.
I'm fully hetero again now.

Ilium  Mar. 5, 2013 at 13:16

How are EA mishandling their properties so badly?! First they manage to screw up MOH by releasig a terrible game, then they botch Dead Space 3 and can the successor because their own microtransaction policies put gamers off buying it, and now this!

The previews have been glowing for this game, and I've been hugely excited for it because, as you say Matt, the potential is huge.

It should have been a global release, and they should have gotten everything in place.

MattGardner  Mar. 5, 2013 at 13:21

We have asked ourselves that very same question so many times.

Quietus  Mar. 5, 2013 at 14:00

Oh, EA. Just when I think there may be an end to the list of reasons to ridicule you.

EA: The gift that keeps on giving.

Tsung  Mar. 5, 2013 at 14:04

Don't like saying this.. but I did call it, 4 days ago here..

No-one is surprised except EA. Doesn't bode well for Friday EU release now does it?

MattGardner  Mar. 5, 2013 at 14:05

You absolutely did.

There's still time for them not to be absurdly evil!

Just patch in wider city parameters.

And maybe some more servers would be good.

Last edited by MattGardner, Mar. 5, 2013 at 14:06

I watched a IGN video last night and the shows guest was someone who was involved in SimCity.
He was saying "there will be no server issues".

Hmmm I think he talked it up :)

Late  Mar. 5, 2013 at 15:21

To be fair, as the second half of Matt's last post indicates, the two main problems with the game look to be fixable - so they're in a much better position than they would be if the game were rubbish but the online infrastructure were spot on.

I'm assuming the game isn't rubbish. Metacritic is far from perfect, but it's early scores (91% critic, 3.3/10 user) indicate the game is good but early adopters are massively frustrated by it's DRM/servers.

I look forward to dealspwn's review.

MattGardner  Mar. 5, 2013 at 15:43

It's important to note that those early review scores will almost certainly have come from that closed circuit US PR event. Many of the larger sites are holding off on scored/full reviews until code actually arrives.

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