EA still upgrading SimCity servers; no offline mode planned

Electronic Arts is still in the middle of trying to recover from the disastrous launch of its SimCity revamp last week. The team at EA Maxis have admitted they were not prepared for the massive influx of players for the game, which requires an "always on" Internet connection.

Today, the company posted up yet another update on the game's blog site, stating that they are in the middle of updating SimCity's online servers. 10 servers have gone through the upgrade process. The blog added:

Today we’re working on upgrading our remaining servers, so bear with us as we take them offline one-by-one to perform these upgrades. While this is going on, we also released the new server South America today, bringing our total server count up to 24, including our Test server. While this is going on, we’re also improving the overall gameplay experience. We’ve already started addressing some of the issues we’ve been seeing with some of our players are having with trading intermittency and cities rolling back.

The decision to make SimCity an online-only game has been slammed by players and game critics. However, it looks like EA has no plans to add an offline mode for the game's single player games. A post on the game's Twitter page said simply, "The game was designed for MP, we sim the entire region on the server so this is just not possible."

Source: SimCity blog | Image via EA

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EA make the core game free and charge a small amount of money per month (say $5-6) then charge for DLC like you were anyway.
Anyone who already owns the game gets 10 months + free depending on which version they purchased.
Then while you are corrected the problems give people free subscription time which effectively costs them nothing and then people will also be more accepting as it feels more like an online game rather than them picking holes in what they feel should be an offline game

The only thing they're giving a damn about is the amount of money in their pocket. TONS of people purchased SimCity so they're not getting the message that people won't take this crap.

The problem is sometimes people do vote with their wallet on EA games but they don't get the message. They just cancel the game and shut down the studio developing for it, then they continue to try the same crap on other games.

Caleo said,
The only thing they're giving a damn about is the amount of money in their pocket. TONS of people purchased SimCity so they're not getting the message that people won't take this crap.

Clearly you're not getting the message that people still want these games.

Precisely. They blame poor sales on piracy and use it as a reason to lobby for more antipiracy legislation and lock down their games with increasingly restrictive DRM.

Deranged said,

Clearly you're not getting the message that people still want these games.

Sorry on behalf of all people who acknowledge this as a horrible trend for gaming. Clearly we shouldn't be striving for a better future.

Caleo said,

Sorry on behalf of all people who acknowledge this as a horrible trend for gaming. Clearly we shouldn't be striving for a better future.

I would say sorry on behalf of those who love it and will continue to spend money on it...but I'm not. Enjoy the stone age.