Maxis: Having Too Few SimCity Servers ‘Dumb’, Offers Free Game

Maxis says it won’t be adding an offline mode to SimCity anytime soon, but it is going to offer you a free game through Electronic Arts’ Origin platform to make up for the ongoing server issues.

According to a blog post by Maxis General Manager Lucy Bradshaw, Maxis is continuing to work on fixing up the server issues that have limited players’ ability to access the game at all. To start with, Maxis has increased the number of servers, which the studio says is already helping get more people playing, Bradshaw wrote.

“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,” Bradshow wrote.

“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.”

Bradshaw also wrote that EA and Maxis will offer a free game from Origin’s catalog. “On March 18, SimCity players who have activated their game will receive an email telling them how to redeem their free game,” she wrote.

It doesn’t sound as though there’s a limitation on which game from the catalog you can get, but Bradshaw’s comment about players having “already activated” SimCity sounds like that offer isn’t extended to new purchasers.

Meanwhile, Maxis used its official SimCity account to take the blame off EA for SimCity’s always-on requirement, despite many players believing that it’s EA’s corporate mandates that have resulted in SimCity’s issues.

So with Maxis and EA offering a free game for SimCity’s troubles and adding more servers, are you guys sold? Let us know what you think in the comments.

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