In an effort to gain back some goodwill lost after numerous challenges with the newest version of SimCity, Electronic Arts shared they will offer a free PC download from the EA portfolio. With servers crashing, game play being less than usable, and features being taken offline, the debut of the new game has been challenging at best.
For those who have activated their game, an email should arrive around March 18 explaining how to redeem their free EA game. While EA has increased server capacity by 120 percent and those who were prevented from building cities has dropped by 80 percent, EA still does not have a permanent fix for their challenges.
Maxis General Manager, Lucy Bradshaw, indicated in her post that many more people logged into the game than they expected. She also indicated that game owners were playing in ways much different than their testing.
EA hopes to have another blog post this weekend that will indicate the technical challenges are behind them. Since SimCity is meant to be played online, these challenges have not provided an optimal experience. If you are a SimCity fan, you may not probably already have experienced the problems for yourself. If you have not activated your copy, you may want to do so sooner than later if you care for one of the other EA titles.