EA offering free game as apology for ‘SimCity’ issues


Electronic Arts’ launch of the new SimCity game has been plagued by server issues, resulting in everything from features being taken offline to EA calling off some of its promotional efforts for the game. The company hopes to make up for it, however, by offering a free game to users. In a blog post tonight, Maxis’ Lucy Bradshaw apologized for the problems, admitting that the game’s developers simply underestimated the number of people that would sign online to play the title. “A lot more people logged on than we expected,” she writes in the post. “More people played and played in ways we never saw in the beta.”

As compensation, the company will be offering a free downloadable PC game from EA’s portfolio. Registered SimCity owners will…

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