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Server issues plague SimCity launch

It’s safe to say that SimCity’s first week on sale hasn’t gone as smoothly as EA would have liked. Purchasers of the game, a reboot of the popular series, took to the Internet in their droves to complain about the long queues in which they had to wait to merely start building a city, many gamers not being able to get playing even after waiting for over thirty minutes.    

SimCity requires an always online connection, even to play a single player game. When the game was released in the US on March 5, the servers simply couldn’t handle the number of people trying to play, resulting in long waiting times. We saw a similar situation in May last year with the launch of Diablo 3, where players were again  initially unable to get into a game. But why has this happened again?

EA, along with developer Maxis, have defended the decision to make the game online only, claiming that a significant amount of computation is done on the servers. Maxis have announced that they therefore have no intention of making the game playable offline.

However, a source from inside Maxis has told Rock,Paper, Shotgun that SimCity could be made offline fairly easily, contradicting the company’s statement.

The source told RPS:

“The servers are not handling any of the computation done to simulate the city you are playing. They are still acting as servers, doing some amount of computation to route messages of various types between both players and cities. As well, they’re doing cloud storage of save games, interfacing with Origin, and all of that. But for the game itself? No, they’re not doing anything.”     

In addition to this, it was revealed today that a modder called UKAzzer has been able to make SimCity play offline. The game usually logs you out after twenty minutes but he claims that he  ’can now be disconnected “forever”‘ . He’s also managed to build outside of the city boundaries, the game has come under much criticism for its small city sizes. Check out the YouTube video here.

It’s fair to assume that EA aren’t the most popular bunch among gamers at the moment, they have announced that they will be providing a free game to players as compensation for these problems, but this may not be enough. Let’s hope they manage to sort out SimCity’s problems soon.


Source: Videogamer.comRock,Paper, Shotgun

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