SimCity Available Through Amazon Again, But With a Warning
The sale page for SimCity on Amazon still includes a warning, however: “Many customers are having issues connecting to the “SimCity” servers. EA is actively working to resolve these issues, but at this time we do not know when the issue will be fixed. Please visit https://help.ea.com/en/simcity/simcity for more information.”
The game was removed from Amazon’s store page yesterday with a note that mentioned that Amazon was unsure of when it would be made available again. Attempts by Game Front to reach Amazon about the removal were not returned, although it seems plausible that the increasing number of negative user reviews for the game, coupled with refund requests, could have prompted the temporary removal. As of this writing, SimCity has garnered some 1,408 one-star ratings on Amazon — the next nearest category is two stars with 67 ratings. Thirty three people rated the game five stars.
SimCity players remain infuriated by the game’s always-on DRM, which requires a persistent Internet connection to Electronic Arts servers to play the game. Those servers seem to be overloaded or simply too few, causing massive hang-ups for players, lost game save data, and even an inability to play at all in many cases.
Other game portals are starting to adopt Amazon’s warning, it seems, although there’s no such warning on Electronic Arts’ Origin portal — even though players purchasing a digital download of the game from Origin won’t be able to get a refund if their dissatisfied. At least you won’t get banned from Origin for fighting for your money back, though.