Despite having suffered the mother of all teething problems and forcing the company to make a series of embarrassing apologies, SimCity has managed to chalk up sales of over 1.1 million for its creators at Electronic Arts. What’s more, EA also revealed that over 50% of all sales of SimCity were made in the form of digital downloads.
“SimCity is one of the storied brands in gaming, and Maxis delivered a game re-envisioned and engineered for the online age,” according to the latest statement from Peter Moore, chief operating officer of EA.
Despite only being a fortnight old, SimCity has managed to hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons across vast swathes of the world. The game had an incredible amount to prove as the first SimCity title in the series to demand an always-on internet connection in order to play – something that proved to be its Achilles Heel.
Now however, EA officials say that server capacity has been increased by over 400% and should by right alleviate problems at even the most congested of times. They also went on record to say that online gaming hours for SimCity have topped the 15 million mark.
At the very peak of the problem, EA bolstered its apology to SimCity buyers by saying that they would be offered a free game from a selected range as something of a goodwill gesture to smooth fast-frosting relations. The promotion seemed to work a treat and despite the kind of hiccups that could have spelled doom for most games, SimCity managed to hold onto its reputation and is still selling by the boatload.
And as far as said free gamed go, SimCity buyers are being offered the likes of SimCity 4 Deluxe Edition, Need For Speed Most Wanted, Dead Space 3, Bejeweled 3, Plants vs. Zombies and Mass Effect 3…not exactly a bad deal-sweetener.