A selection of digital titles is being offered to purchasers of March 2013 release "SimCity," including "Battlefield 3," "Mass Effect 3," "Plants vs. Zombies" and even the deluxe edition of previous series entry "SimCity 4."
Early adopters of 'SimCity' will be rewarded for their troubles.
Unusually, "SimCity" requires players to maintain an online connection, even if they choose to create simulated cities as a solo venture rather than in co-op mode.
As online servers struggled under the strain following the game's launch, many players were unable to connect and therefore locked out of the game.
Others were surprised to find that citizens and traffic did not behave in the sophisticated ways they had expected.
And as part of the official response, developer Maxis (also known for "The Sims") and publisher Electronic Arts are offering one of a selection of games to pick from.
Free Game List for SimCity Players
- "Battlefield 3"
- "Bejeweled 3"
- "Dead Space 3"
- "Mass Effect 3"
- "Medal of Honor Warfighter"
- "Need for Speed Most Wanted"
- "Plants vs. Zombies"
- "SimCity 4 Deluxe Edition"
Owners of the Mac and PC game "SimCity" must register their copies before March 26 and must claim their free games before March 31 (both according to Pacific Standard Time, US).
The free game portal is due to pop up in the Featured Today window of EA's Mac and PC client program, Origin, from Wednesday, March 20 in North America, Thursday, March 21 in Europe, and Friday, March 22 in Asia and South America.
Users are encouraged to make sure their Origin client is up to date in order to ensure the offer appears.