Man, what a disastrous launch that was. And ironically, things are going from bad to worse as after the launch day issues that SimCity players faced, EA has managed to F’ things up even more. In order to offer better stability, EA removed the Cheetah mode of SimCity and as you may have expected, a lot of PC gamers got angry with that decision. Funny thing is that things did not improve and EA’s servers went down once again.
But that’s not all, Amazon decided to pull the digital version of EA’s title with a notice stating:
“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.”
In an unexpected turn of events, EA has also decided to suspend the game’s marketing campaigns. According to Polygon, EA Origin sent an email this morning to affiliate partners, stating that it has deactivated all SimCity text links and creative.
“To be clear we are continuing to payout commissions on all SimCity sales that are referred, however we are requesting that you please stop actively promoting the game,” the email reads. “We will notify you as soon as the SimCity marketing campaigns have been resumed and our promotional links are once again live in the Linkshare interface. We apologize for any inconveniences that this may cause, and we thank you for your cooperation.”
PC gamers, on the other hand, have launched a petition for the removal of the always-online DRM. Spotted by our reader ‘Gianluca Manocchio’, this petition has already 40K supporters. Not that this will change anything, but you can go ahead and sign it up. And who knows, maybe EA will follow Ubisoft’s example.
John is the founder and Editor in Chief at DSOGaming. He is a PC gaming fan and highly supports the modding and indie communities. Before creating DSOGaming, John worked on numerous gaming websites. While he is a die-hard PC gamer, his gaming roots can be found on consoles. John loved - and still does - the 16-bit consoles, and considers SNES to be one of the best consoles. Still, the PC platform won him over consoles. That was mainly due to 3DFX and its iconic dedicated 3D accelerator graphics card, Voodoo 2. John has also written a higher degree thesis on the "The Evolution of PC graphics cards."