SimCity (2013) screenshot
SimCity (2013) screenshot

UPDATE: EA's 'redemption portal' appears to be open to UK users now. Just sign into the Origin client and you'll see a prompt notifying you to claim your free game.

ORIGINAL STORY: SimCity owners who activate their copy on Origin before 06:59 GMT on March 26, 2013 will be eligible to download one of eight EA titles for free as compensation for the game's disruptive server issues.

The list of titles available to choose from includes Dead Space 3, Need For Speed: Most Wanted, Medal of Honor: Warfighter and, bafflingly, Sim City 4. Take a look below for the full list.

EA says that its "redemption portal" - the site where users will be able to apply for their free title - will roll out on a country-by-country basis, with the site rolling out to North American users by Wednesday, March 20, and to European users by Thursday, March 21.

EA states that the portal will be live worldwide by March 22.

Directions on how to access the portal can be found here.

"Our SimCity Mayors are incredibly important to the team at Maxis," said EA in a statement this afternoon. "We sincerely apologize for the difficulties at launch and hope to make it up to you with a free PC game download from Origin."

It continued: "At Maxis, our studio values dictate that we innovate and create something that is quirky, complex and challenging. Sometimes this bites us in the butt, but our servers are green and we're seeing record numbers of players all online and having a great time."

Which game will you choose?

  • 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
  • SimCity 4 Deluxe Edition

Source: EA Press Release

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Wido's Avatar

Wido

Dead Space 3 for free isn't too shabby personally.
Posted 08:47 on 19 March 2013
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BC_Animus

Quick question how big is the download for NFS?
Posted 08:32 on 19 March 2013
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clangod

Even though I've been thoroughly enjoying Sim City (about 60 hours so far), I was happy to accept a free copy of Dead Space 3 today.

I was not effected by the launch woes as I didn't pick it up until all had been reported fixed. So no inconveniences for me and a free game.

Chuffed.
Posted 04:49 on 19 March 2013
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Batmamerc

PvZ and bejeweled are a bit poor seeming as I've got PvZ on iPhone for free the other week anyway and bejeweled is for granny's or gamers who don't game properly especially not SimCity players anyway (in my opinion that is) but dead space 3 and need for speed are great offers even MoH n battlefield are nice if not already got.
Posted 22:05 on 18 March 2013
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BritishBambi

Overall the list isnt that bad. Plants vs zombies and sim city 4 i can get on steam sales and retail incredibally cheap. I'm probably gonna pick up Dead Space 3 or MOHWF.
Posted 18:03 on 18 March 2013
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EverTheOptimist

Maybe, but the other games are pretty good compensation for putting up with it. They aren't exactly bargain bin games for the most part.
Posted 17:07 on 18 March 2013
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MJTH

Offering Sim city 4 as consolidation? LOL! That's hilarious and horrible on so many levels...
Posted 16:53 on 18 March 2013

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Release Date: 08/02/2013
Publisher: EA
Genre: Survival Horror
Rating: PEGI 18+
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