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Update #2: The latest SimCity update disables a decidedly critical gameplay feature in hopes of alleviating EA's continued server woes.
Earlier today, the SimCity team announced it was disabling some "non-critical" gameplay features to help resolve its network instability. These features included leaderboards, achievements, and region filters. The latest update, Patch 1.2, continues to address the city-building simulator's online issues – only it axes a rather vital function. In a post on EA's forums, SimCity's community lead states that the new update disables Cheetah speed, the fastest simulation speed in the game. Instead, Cheetah speed now runs at Llama speed.
Or reviews editor Joe Juba is still in the process of playing SimCity for our review, and confirms that unlike the previously disabled features, not having access to Cheetah speed is in fact a big deal. There's currently no ETA on when Cheetah speed or any of the other disabled features will be restored.
Update #1: A community manager on EA's SimCity forums has stated that in addition to adding more servers to address the game's network issues, the team is also temporarily disabling some "non-critical" gameplay features.
A hotfix is being deployed to all servers that will disable leaderboards, achievements, and region filters, features that Maxis insists "will in no way affect your core gameplay experience." There's currently no ETA for when these features will be restored, but the post goes on to thank players for their patience.
Original Story: SimCity fans have encountered delays and problems getting into the always-connected title since its launch on Tuesday, and EA and developer Maxis say they are working on it.
In a statement on the game's forums, Kip Katsarelis, SimCity senior producer says, "We are hitting a number of
problems with our server architecture which has seen players encountering bugs
and long wait times to enter servers. This is, obviously, not the situation we
wanted for our launch week, and we want you to know that we are putting
everything we have at resolving these issues."
To help solve the problem, Katsarelis says that more servers are being added and that updates are being pushed to fix bugs.
If you're having problems with the game and can't play it, you can always enjoy our Test Chamber session with the game in the meantime.
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No cheetah speed??
I'm not quite sure who to blame: Maxis or EA?
Me: I'd like to mow your lawn for $10.
You: Sounds great, here's $10.
Me: So, turns out my mower doesn't work... I'll try to mow your lawn sometimes soon.
You: I want my money back.
Me: I need it to fix my mower.
Exactly why single player games should stay single player.
At least they're doing something...
I hope they get sued for this. Send a message to developer/publishers that this online always crap (both DRM and having stuff streamed) for games that offer offline modes is just plain wrong. People who buy their game on day 1 should be able to play it in someway shape or form. It didn't go well with Diablo 3 and now look at this pile of mess. Every game that isn't MMO somthing should allow you to play offline if you so choose.
EA has lost a customer unless they RADICALLY change the way they produce and sell their games.
Anyone stating that at least EA is trying to fix things is giving them too much leeway and credit. This nonsense from all game companies has to stop.
i really don't understand why these things keep happening. if it happens to one company the others should look and say to themselves "we should learn from there mistakes and not have almost the exact same problem" but no it seems like every online only game is having server issues this past year. I've learned, i haven't bought it yet..gonna give it 2 more weeks then I'll throw down the cash.
EA - It's in the game...or on our servers, or maybe it's broken we don't care it prints money.
By "non-crticial gameplay" they do mean DRM right? I wish.
This is exactly why I refuse to buy a game when it announces it has to be online all of the time. I'll pass.
Sign every petition you can find! Here's one.
You know, it had been long enough since EA did something I found super offensive that I was aaaalmost considering preordering DA3 when it got closer to release, since I love the series (yes, even 2) and I have a lot of love for the head writer. But this whole snafu has reminded me why I hate EA as a company so much in the first place and why their products are really not worth getting at full price, particularly without knowing how the release is going to shape up.
By EA screwing Simcity's release up all they are doing is helping people to save their money for Starcraft next week.
Saw this coming a mile away.