Amazon.com has currently stopped selling the downloadable version of the latest SimCity due to the continued server errors the game is currently experiencing. The disc version’s product page also has a warning about the servers.
EA’s latest entry into the city builder has an always on DRM which means players have to be connected to an EA server whether they are playing single player or multiplayer. This measure has meant people have had to wait in queues to start playing the game, even the single player portion. Add the fact that game saves are hosted on EA servers and not locally, means players will have to wait to retrieve those saves too, or lose progress if the servers experience problems.
The current user reviews for SimCity on Amazon won’t make for pretty reading for EA and Maxis either with the game currently having a one star rating, with 749 one star reviews from customers who are angered by the always online DRM.
SimCity is due to unlock via Origin at midnight tonight. Fingers crossed.