After SimCity‘s always-online DRM screw-up, frustration sets in as players not being able to play the game begin to start asking for refunds, Maxis has issued and internal memo from general manager Lucy Bradshaw detailing the sorry state of the game and that Maxis is working hard to get SimCity fully operational and address player connectivity issues that resulted from the totally unnecessary always-online requirement of the game.
Also, EA Maxis has pulled marketing for SimCity by asking affiliates to stop actively promoting the game. IGN was able to obtain a copy of the memo from Origin to affiliates which you can read below:
EA Origin has requested to pause all SimCity marketing campaigns temporarily, until further notice. We have deactivated all SimCity text links and creative and we ask you to please remove any copy promoting SimCity from your website for the time-being. To be clear we are continuing to payout commissions on all SimCity sales that are referred, however we are requesting that you please stop actively promoting the game. We will notify you as soon as the SimCity marketing campaigns have been resumed and our promotional links are once again live in the Linkshare interface. We apologize for any inconveniences that this may cause, and we thank you for your cooperation.
Origin.com Affiliate Team”
Before the Maxis released the memo, Amazon has already temporarily stopped selling digital version of SimCity on their site, and reports that they are offering refunds to frustrated players. As of writing, Tech4idiots has checked the site and indeed you will not be able to find the new SimCity game on Amazon, a quick search for the SimCity on Amazon would only result to a list of older versions of SimCity.
Reactions from players around the internet agreed on one thing, this always-online DRM bullsh*t ruined SimCity. Loyal fans have been waiting for ten years for a new SimCity game and only to be presented with this new anti-piracy failure that is: always-online requirement.
A game requiring an internet connection in order to play single player is simply stupid. Let’s just add this to the long line of EA screwups.- from an anonymous online comment