The long wait is finally over for North American players, who were finally able to download SimCity just hours ago. We non-American players still need to wait a little longer, some as late as Friday according to EA’s “when will SimCity be released?” article.
Unfortunately for North American players, an assortment of server issues have plagued the release causing hours of delay. Origin’s servers were immediately overloaded; which prevented the game from being downloaded by new users. Some users are also reporting a “server overloaded” error message which forces them into a waiting line for access.
Origin is currently experiencing some delays due to heavy traffic. We're just as excited to play SimCity as you are! Hang tight…
— Origin (@OriginInsider) March 5, 2013
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