EA and Maxis offer your choice of a free game to make up for disastrous SimCity launch

EA and Maxis offer your choice of a free game to make up for disastrous SimCity launch

Maxis is offering your choice of a free EA game to make up for the crashes, delays, and various other issues players have run into with the latest SimCity. Gamers who buy and activate their copy of SimCity before March 25, 11:59 PM PST will be able to claim their title via a redemption portal on Origin that will be opening up, country-by-country. North America's redemption portal will open first, and should be live by March 20, 5:00 PM PST. All countries should have access by March 22.

To redeem your game, you'll simply click through the “Featured Today” pop-up, and choose from among the following titles:

  • Battlefield 3 (Standard Edition)
  • Bejeweled 3
  • Dead Space 3 (Standard Edition)
  • Mass Effect 3 (Standard Edition)
  • Medal of Honor: Warfighter (Standard Edition)
  • Need for Speed Most Wanted (Standard Edition)
  • Plants vs. Zombies
  • SimCity 4 (Deluxe Edition)

You'll have until March 30, 11:59 PM PST to choose which title you'd like. The full email notification, which was sent to SimCity players, is below:

Our SimCity Mayors are incredibly important to the team at Maxis. We know we messed up and want to sincerely thank you for staying with us. The good news is we have solved most of the major issues and players are really enjoying the game. We're getting great feedback from our fans and know that many of you are having fun and are exploring this whole new expression of SimCity.

As a small token of our appreciation, we are offering you a free EA PC game download on Origin*. Mayors who have authenticated their copy of SimCity on Origin by March 25 can select a free game through a redemption portal inside the Origin desktop client later this week. We'll be opening up the redemption portal country-by-country so some of you may see it a little sooner than others. The portal will be live worldwide for everyone to select their game by March 22.

We don't want any of you to miss out your free game, so please note that you must register your copy of SimCity before March 25, 2013 at 11:59 PM PST and you must claim your free game by March 30, 2013 at 11:59 PM PST. For more information, including instructions on how to get your free game and a list of eligible games, please read our FAQ. We've included some of the hottest games in the EA portfolio, so pick one and add it to your Origin library on us!