Amazon pulls SimCity, EA removes features from the game, everything else is fine, how are you?
The SimCity situation hasn’t gotten better.
Amazon has since removed the game from its service, citing issues with the game’s performance. “Many customers are having issues connecting to the ‘SimCity’ servers. EA is actively working to resolve these issues, but at this time we do not know when the issue will be fixed,” Amazon’s listing for the game states.
That’s bad enough, but EA has actively removed features from the game in order to get things operational.
“We are continuing to do everything we can to address the server issues. In the meantime, so that we can give you as good an experience as possible, we are in the process of deploying a hotfix to all servers,” a post on the official forum stated. “This includes various improvements and also disables a few non-critical gameplay features (leaderboards, achievements and region filters). Disabling these features will in no way affect your core gameplay experience.”
There is no information given for when these features will be restored.
More servers are being added, but gamers are continually having problems connecting to games, Amazon no longer feels comfortable selling SimCity at all, and there’s no good information for when players who paid for the game will be able to play and enjoy the product in a problem-free environment.
It’s impressive to hear about EA being surprised by the number of people wanting to play the game: What company fails to plan for success? Stay away.