Electronic Arts has decided not to force users into playing SimCity online. In the newest version of the game, there has been several connection-related issues that caused many users to be upset. SimCity required a connection to a server that contains some of the data needed for the game. EA will soon offer a full download in the next update so that users can play offline.
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Around 6 months ago, the new version of SimCity was launched on the PC and it was plagued with launch issues. Electronic Arts has released the Mac version of SimCity this past week and it also ran into launch issues. Fortunately, those issues have now been resolved.
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Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ:EA) has announced that Plants vs. Zombies 2 has hit the #1 app on the App Store in 137 countries worldwide. Plants vs. Zombies 2 is the sequel to PopCap’s Plants vs. Zombies. Plants vs. Zombies 2 is initially exclusive to the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. The game launched this past Thursday. Plants vs. Zombies 2 has been downloaded over 16 million times since then. This is one of the largest openings on the App Store for a mobile game title ever. The one day downloads figures doubled EA’s previous mobile record.
In the past, Electronic Arts heavily relied on brick-and-mortar stores selling their products. Digital sales are on the rise now though.
According to Kotaku, a jury has ruled that Electronic Arts used code and features developed by the designer of the first John Madden Football, Robin Antonick. The code was used in Madden games that were published into the mid 1990s. Antonick was not paid royalties, nor was he given credit. The jury ruled that EA is required to pay $11 million in damages and that amount may be increased.
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Earlier this month, it was announced that Don Mattrick was named CEO of Zynga. Before that, Mattrick used to be the head of Microsoft Corporation’s entertainment division. In 2010, Mattrick spent time negotiating with Zynga CEO Mark Pincus about buying them out, according to sources with Bloomberg. Mattrick had plans to bolster the Xbox with a line of social games as part of the potential acquisition. Clearly that deal fell apart and Zynga continues to struggle financially.
Electronics Arts has announced today that The Sims 4 will arrive on PCs and Macs in 2014. The Sims 3, the predecessor of The Sims 4, received many expansions ever since it was released in 2009. This includes The Sims 3 University Life, The Sims 3 Monte Vista, The Sims 3 Supernatural, and The Sims 3 Katy Perry’s Sweet Treats.
Electronic Arts is shutting down several of their Facebook games including The Sims Social, SimCity Social, and Pet Society. EA said that the reason for why they are ending the games is because “the number of players and amount of activity has fallen off.” The games will be shutting down officially on June 14, 2013.