As EA and Maxis have been working out the server issues that have plagued SimCity since its launch a couple weeks ago, the companies promised a free Origin download as a reward for their patience. Today, they published a press release to explain what the deal is (along with a FAQ on their website), and what games are available as part of the promotion.
“Our SimCity Mayors are incredibly important to the team at Maxis,” says the press release. “We sincerely apologize for the difficulties at launch and hope to make it up to you with a free PC game download from Origin.”
Interestingly, anyone who registers a copy of SimCity by March 26 will have access to the free game—so, while this rewards frustrated fans who’ve had to endure the game’s problems, it also acts as a reward to spur more SimCity sales in the face of the PR nightmare the game’s launch has become. Very clever, EA…
The redemption portal to get the free games will go live on March 22, and you’ll have until March 30 to get your game. In the meantime, you can think about what you want by scoping out the list right here:
- 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
So, as you can see, Dead Space 3 is up there…which came out, like, last month. I didn’t get it, but I know I should…and, of course, despite the server problems, I’ve heard that SimCity’s actually pretty rad. So…yeah. I think this is going to happen for me. Not a bad deal at all.
What do you think? Does this deal make you feel a bit better about getting the SimCity shaft for a couple weeks?