EA "Sincerely" Apologizes for SimCity Fiasco, Offers One of Eight Games for Free

Paul Lilly

Dead Space is among the titles SimCity gamers can choose to download for free.

Electronic Arts (EA) screwed up the launch of SimCity in a big way, and the company knows it. Well, sort of. It's not as though EA had an epiphany that overly restrictive Digital Rights Management (DRM) schemes, such as requiring an always-on Internet connection, potentially cause more problems than they solve, and for that it should feel ashamed . But the games publisher is willing to admit that it was woefully unprepared on the server side to enforce its draconian DRM measure, and for that, it's throwing free games at disgruntled customers to compensate.

Every player who activated his or her copy of SimCity is supposed to receive an email on how to redeem EA's free game offer today. The redemption portal is opening up to the world on a country-by-country basis, though everyone should be able to select a free title by March 22.

There are eight titles to choose from, including:

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

That's more like six titles if you exclude Plants vs Zombies, which is often found at a discount and was even given away for free from PopCap games last Halloween, and Bejeweled 3, another casual title that would be a waste to choose.

"We’re getting great feedback from our fans and know that many of you are having fun and exploring this whole new expression of SimCity. We’re humbled by your patience and passion for the game. Thanks for building something very special with us, together," EA's Maxis arm said in a statement .

In spite of the initial hiccups, EA today said it sold more than 1.1 million copies of SimCity in the first two weeks, making this the biggest SimCity launch of all time.

Do any of these titles make up for EA's botched SimCity launch? Sound off in the comments section below!

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