SimCity Sells Over 1.1 Million Units, Free Games Detailed

March 18, 2013 -

Whatever anyone thinks of SimCity, the proof is in the early numbers, and those early sales numbers from the first two weeks of the game's release show that the game is doing pretty well despite a rough online launch week. EA said that during those first two weeks of release SimCity sold more than 1.1. million copies. The company said that the majority of those copies were sold through digital channels. This does not surprise me at all considering that everyone I asked today said they had made a digital purchase.

On a related note, EA announced the free games they would be giving away as part of an apology for last week's disastrous SimCity launch. Those who are eligible to receive a free gift can pick up one game for the following pool of EA games: 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 and SimCity 4 Deluxe Edition.

EA said in a statement on help.ea.com that "In order to be eligible for the free game offer, you simply need to activate your game before March 25, 2013 at 11:59PM PST. Once activated you will see the Featured Today pop-up window with a link to the free game redemption portal on startup, and once a day when you finish playing SimCity."

The free game portal will be rolling out in waves, beginning this week: in North America on March 20, Europe on March 21, and in Asia and South America on March 22.

 


Comments

Re: SimCity Sells Over 1.1 Million Units, Free Games Detailed

And somewhere an EA exec is giggling, knowing that they've won.

Re: SimCity Sells Over 1.1 Million Units, Free Games Detailed

That might not be such a bad thing.

Re: SimCity Sells Over 1.1 Million Units, Free Games Detailed

Right now the EA board is screaming. A complete and total screw up sold 1.1 million copies and possibly killed one of the most popular franchises ever in the process. Imagine what it would have done if it actually was good and worked and didn't have the entire distilled hatred of the internet pointed at it? Right now an EA exec is realizing that if they hadn't screwed up this game could have beat the CoD franchise. The fans wanted it that bad. Instead they pretty much destroyed whatever was left of EA's already horrid rep.

Re: SimCity Sells Over 1.1 Million Units, Free Games Detailed

While you're probably right, I don't give EA that much faith.

A lot of people knew about the always on and a lot of the these other flaws long before the game was going to be released, yet they pre-ordered it and bought it anyway. We know overpriced DLC is coming because EA has already said that's the objective with every game they release from now on.

I've got a friend who picked up the game AFTER all of the crap hit the fan with the launch, he KNOWS about all the game's flaws... yet he's still loving the hell out of it any way because it's more of a casual game to him where he doesn't worry about all the supposedly deep intricacies that the game doesn't actually have.

And EA still sold 1.1m copies. They won.

Re: SimCity Sells Over 1.1 Million Units, Free Games Detailed

I'm not sure giving SimCity 4, where you can do the whole region thing without being online, to people who are annoyed with the consequences of requiring them to be online all the time is such a good idea.

Re: SimCity Sells Over 1.1 Million Units, Free Games Detailed

Remember, of those 1,100,000 players, "thousands of people who are playing across regions, trading, communicating and loving the Always-Connected functionality."

 

Andrew Eisen

Re: SimCity Sells Over 1.1 Million Units, Free Games Detailed

Unfortunately they can technically claim that to be 999,999 people. But that would still leave 100,000 unsatisfied players.

Just be happy EA don't have a hand in ATM software. I'd just love for them to be telling their customers how they want to bank and still not delivering on that.

 
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