EA have capitulated to demands for reparations by disgruntled gamers after the disaster that was the SimCity launch. After players experienced days of server downtime and blatant lies from the developer about the apparent necessity of always-online DRM, the publisher has offered everyone who has bought SimCity a free game from Origin. On offer are Battlefield 3 (guns), Dead Space 3 (space guns), Mass Effect 3 (more space guns), Bejeweled 3 (there are a lot of 3s), Plants Vs. Zombies (zombies, how original), Medal of Honor: Warfighter (guns with a stupid name) and SimCity 4 Deluxe Edition, which, actually, is pretty good. No sarcastic quip for that one.
The news comes at an unfortunate time for EA, whose CEO, John Riccitiello, has just resigned and who are suffering much abuse not just over the SimCity problems but also the swiftly-withdrawn proclamation they made that all their games from now on would include microtransactions with real money. Of course, the publisher has more than enough and these issues are a mere speedbump compared to the profit made from sports license exclusivity and monolithic franchises like Mass Effect, but may still be seen as an embarrassing loss of face.
Developer Dontnod Entertainment has made the disappointing claim that several publishers passed on upcoming futuristic title Remember Me because of the fact that it contained a female protagonist. In an interview with The Penny Arcade Report, Jean-Max Morris, creative director of the game, said some publishers claimed that a game with a female lead wouldn’t sell, despite the persistent and regular success of such series as Metroid and Tomb Raider, as well as one-offs like Mirror’s Edge.
Fortunately, the game has found a publisher by way of Capcom, and will be released on June 7th for PC, Xbox 360 and PS3.