EA confident about SimCity’s UK launch after US issues

Maxis’ SimCity launched in the US on March 5th, but some American players have been left unable to play, even in single player mode, due to the game’s server issues. SimCity requires players to be constantly connected to EA’s Origin servers, likely due to the always-on DRM, but EA has claimed they are “working non-stop” to make sure the UK launch later this week runs smoother. These server issues have been caused because of “the high demand for SimCity” according to Origin’s official Twitter account.

Origin did swiftly follow that Tweet with another stating: “We’re making changes to prevent further issues, and are confident that Origin will be stable for international launches later this week.” International releases being March 7th in Australia, Europe, and Japan, and March 8th in the UK.

Maxis has defended its always-on DRM for SimCity ever since it was first announced, claiming it to be a benefit to the user experience by increasing interaction between players online: “You’re always connected to the neighbours in your region so while you play, data from your city interacts with our servers, and we run the simulation at a regional scale,” according to Maxis’ senior Vice President Lucy Bradshaw. However, only time will tell if their confidence will pay-off for SimCity’s remaining launches.

SimCity will be released on PC on March 8th in the UK, and March 7th in the rest of Europe.






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