SimCity Sales Reach 2 Million


EA and Maxis’ recent city-building game SimCity started off with a rough start, with a slew of issues that fans were all too happy to point out to the publisher and developer. But not all is bad in the land of SimCity, the game has reached 2 million sales.

EA Labels President Frank Gibeau recently spoke with GamesBeat in an interview revealing the new sales number. This is a huge improvement from the end of March, where sales sat at 400,000.

Gibeau recalled the SimCity launch in March stating the first week was”really rough” and an “experience nobody wants to live through again.” Gibeau said:

Since then, we’ve sold more than 2 million units, and the number of people logging in and playing is holding steady. SimCity is a success. However, underestimating demand in the first month was a major miss. We hope that the game and the service we’ve provided since then meets the fans’ high standards.

EA has taken the feedback from SimCity and will be using it for 2014’s The Sims 4, which will feature offline play. Gibeau continued:

In the last few months, we have started making changes to the business practices that gamers clearly don’t like. In the spring, we dropped our online pass program for consoles–both next-generation and current-generation. We listened to the feedback on SimCity and decided that The Sims 4 would be built as a single-player, offline experience.