Dev wrote on Mar 7, 2013, 23:08: I'm more certain than ever they have a lot of processing going on in the server end, or maybe its all copy protection stuff where every minute it polls server "am I authorized to let this user have his water, electricity and sewer perform for 30 more seconds?"
My understanding was that they do quite a bit of processing on the server.
This quote made me chuckle: "What we saw was that players were having such a good time they didn't want to leave the game." Spinning like a top!
Is there a marketing reason why they do global releases? It does seem like releasing in one region at a time would make these problems far more manageable.