By Vamien McKalin | Apr 22, 2013 12:38 PM EDT
SimCity, the game from Maxis and EA, will receive its first major update Monday, bring a long list of fixes and tweaks to the controversial building simulator. When it comes to features, only a few minor ones will be included in the update, so don't go into it expecting much of anything new and exciting.
Hardcore players should look forward to a more polished game after the update has been installed. According to EA, cities should process a lot better, and many in-game features like tourism, education, recycling, air pollution, disasters, trade and transit will receive bug fixes.
"The wait will be worth it," EA writes.
Since the beginning of 2013, SimCity has become the most controversial video game due to the launch problems it faced. The online requirement led to delay and connectivity issues that plagued players for days. So bad was the issue, that many gamers were unable to play SimCity, which was cause for anger as gamers began requesting the "always online" requirement to be removed.
To help fix the issue and stem the onslaught from gamers, EA removed several important features from the game, along with giving away a choice of one of eight games for free, including Dead Space 3, Need For Speed: Most Wanted and Battlefield 3. So far, SimCity has sold over 1.3 million copies on PC according to EA, which is not that impressive, but could be enough for EA, since SimCity is not a game for the masses.
SimCity is not the only "always online" PC title to face problems at launch. Diablo 3 launched back in 2012 to much fanfare, but everything took a nose dive when gamers began experiencing problems that had all to do with the "always online" requirement. Some gamers experienced issues like "servers busy" to "this game is not licensed on your account," and that's enough to get any gamer rushing for his/her pitchforks. However, that didn't hamper Diablo 3 sales, as the game went on to achieve 12 million copies sold.
Hopefully, future "always online" titles will fare better, as it has become clear that the future is headed in that direction.
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