Whether SimCity gave you problems or not, Electronic Arts and Maxis are going to try to make it up to you with a free game. The list to chose from was supposed to be revealed today, and many argued that it would all be decrepit stuff from the publisher’s back catalog.
Indeed the list has come, but while some of the games are quite old, a few are definitely new, up to the just released Dead Space 3:
- Battlefield 3 (Standard Edition)
- Bejeweled 3
- Dead Space 3 (Standard Edition)
- Mass Effect 3 (Standard Edition)
- Medal of Honor Warfighter (Standard Edition)
- Need For Speed Most Wanted (Standard Edition)
- Plants vs. Zombies
- SimCity 4 Deluxe Edition
Players that registered SimCity will receive an e-mail with instructions for redeeming their free game by March the 22nd. In order to be eligible your copy of SimCity must be registered by March the 25th at 11:59 PM PDT (meaning that you can still get the game now and receive the free one, apparently) and the freebie must be claimed by March 30th at 11:59PM PDT.
The message that came with the announcement was also rather tongue-in-cheek, so to speak:
At Maxis, our studio values dictate that we innovate and create something that is quirky, complex and challenging. Sometimes this bites us in the butt, but our servers are green and we’re seeing record numbers of players all online and having a great time.
Despite the game getting slammed by part of the press and by a number of users rather viciously, the number of servers continues indeed to grow, and most of them seem rather full, given that they’re open only to players that already have cities on them.
To further solidify a (at least commercially) successful launch Electronic Arts sent a press release announcing that the game has sold more than 1.1 million copies in less than two weeks after launch, making it the biggest SimCity launch of all time. Interestingly enough, 54% of that number were digital purchases.
Electronic Arts Chief Operating Officer Peter Moore left a comment on the news:
SimCity had a great weekend with sales strong across both North America and Europe, adding to overwhelming demand at launch that has us tracking well beyond expectations for the game.
SimCity is one of the storied brands in gaming, and Maxis delivered a game re-envisioned and engineered for the online age.
Looks like SimCity is doing a lot better than some would like, which isn’t that surprising, considering that the game is quite a lot of fun now that the server problems have been cleared.