SimCity, the long-awaited and much-troubled PC city building simulation game, gets its first major update today after suffering a crippling launch.
Dubbed “SimCity 2.0”, the update will address bugs that will help the online cities process properly, halt the random appearance of air pollution, slow spikes in tourist travel, fix natural disaster problems and add mansions for city mayors among other improvements and additions.
In a somewhat ironic turn of events, bringing the update to the game will see EA forced to enforce a period of downtime for the always-online game, preventing players from getting into the game tonight for a few hours (from 9PM GMT, 4PM ET US), recreating one of the game’s biggest launch issues as servers failed to meet the demand of gamers looking to play simultaneously.
“Because this is our first significant Update, we wanted to inform you in advance that we’ll be taking down all servers for a few hours while these changes are being issued,” said EA.
“Choosing a time to issue a major Update is never easy, but after looking our peak player time, we’ve concluded 1pm PST is the best window for us to make these improvements. As you can see from the list above, the wait will be worth it.”
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