SimCity will go down in gaming history as one of this period’s worst PR disasters with backlash against constant connection requirement. I already discussed why such a feature was a bad idea and how it could be changed. The company has announced that everyone who purchased and activated SimCity will receive a free game from Origin.
The full list includes Dead Space 3, Mass Effect 3, Battlefield 3, Bejeweled 3, Need For Speed: Most Wanted 2012, Medal Of Honor Warfighter, Plants vs Zombies, or SimCity 4 Deluxe Edition.
The timetable to get the free game is as follows. Instructions on how to choose your game will be sent by March 22nd. You must activate your copy of SimCity by March 25th, and you have to choose your selected title by March 30th. If you miss that date then you miss out on the free game.
You have to give EA some kudos for giving away a free game to potentially millions of customers, including some very recent releases, which will mean a loss of potential revenue. However this still doesn’t address the situation that led to this measure having to be taken in the first place, namely the server issue.
One step at a time though, I suppose.