On Wednesday, March 6, Electronic Arts announced that they have turned off the servers to “SimCity” so the company can install an update in hopes of improving the game’s online stability.
EA and Maxis’ “SimCity” saw release yesterday, March 5, and the launch has been anything but smooth. Once the title was made available to the masses, the game’s servers quickly buckled and have been highly unreliable leaving many wondering when they can play the new title.
The “SimCity” servers – something players have to access in order to play the game – were turned off Wednesday afternoon so EA can install an update to improve the stability of the game.
In a humorous turn of events, the maintenance message given to players doesn’t provide a time for when the servers will reopen. Instead it shows a line of code that reads “<parameter: string>” – you can find an image of the message here via NeoGAF.
Joking aside, Maxis did post the following message on the game’s forums:
We have successfully issued the patch to the Oceanic 1 server and it is now officially re-opened.
Our server teams are working around the clock and they’ve added four brand new servers to accommodate player demand. It’s important to note that those servers are region free, so if one of our servers is busy, jump into another one and you will be able to play the game.
We are still working on Oceanic 1 server and are about to apply the same server patch to NA East 1 and NA East 2. This will be starting around 11.40am PST. At this time all players will not be able to access this server. We thank you for your patience while we do this update. We will let you know when NA East 1 and NA East 2 are back up. In the meantime you can choose any other available server to play on.
Hopefully, the new update provides a better experience for users trying to access the game.