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SimCity Beta This Month

The SimCity Website is accepting registrations to test the upcoming reboot of the urban planning series. Here's word on the beta, which will run from January 25-28:

The day that Mayors have been clamoring for is almost here - Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ:EA) today announced that the SimCity™ beta will run from January 25 – January 28. Those who previously signed up are already in consideration for access to the beta, limited slots are still available for late applicants. Eager fans who want to get an advance look at SimCity have a limited time to sign up at www.simcity.com/beta before the application process ends at 2am, GMT on January 21. Developed by Maxis, SimCity will be available March 8 and is available for pre-order right now.

“It is always an exciting moment to share a game that is still in development with its biggest fans prior to launch,” said Lucy Bradshaw, Senior Vice President and General Manager of EA’s Maxis Label. “This beta will help the team improve the live service aspects of SimCity to ensure a smooth and user-friendly experience at launch. I want to thank everyone for signing up - we are excited to share one of our most beloved franchises with our fans.”

Running from 5pm GMT on January 25 until 8am GMT on January 28, the SimCity beta offers fans the chance to play a one hour slice of the game** and to deliver feedback that will help shape the final product. As a live service, SimCity will continue to provide updates that evolve the experience, delivering a dynamic platform that grows and expands over time.

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27. Re: SimCity Beta This Month Jan 20, 2013, 14:28 PHJF
 
Blizzard did this with the diablo 3 beta, restricting you to just a fraction of Act I.

That's because they didn't want anyone to really know how fucking awful the game was.
 
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26. Re: SimCity Beta This Month Jan 20, 2013, 13:57 Dev
 
Bhruic wrote on Jan 19, 2013, 16:11:
I'm curious as to what they are trying to accomplish with this. You get to beta it for a whole one hour? Do they really expect that to be enough time to accomplish anything, let alone notice any bugs?
They don't want people to be able to do everything, its like restricting you to the first 5 of 100 levels in a game. So basically you can play as much as you want starting dozens of new cities, but after playing a city for an hour, it will lock you out of it.
You can then start a new city and apply what you learned to the new one.

Blizzard did this with the diablo 3 beta, restricting you to just a fraction of Act I.
 
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25. Re: SimCity Beta This Month Jan 20, 2013, 12:22 Quboid
 
ASeven wrote on Jan 20, 2013, 07:37:
Slick wrote on Jan 20, 2013, 02:08:
this game is looking amazing, go to pcgamer.com and read all of thearticles they've done on this game.

everyone bitching and moaning about the publisher are %100 ignoring all of the greatness that the developer is acomplishing.

can't say i'll miss ya! i've already pre ordered 2 copies of the deluxe edition, playing sims3 and simcity 4 now just to calm my nerves...

gonna be so great!

Good for ya, the rest of us who have actual taste don't give a fuck about your fanboi rantings though.

And good luck playing with a minimal community on a forced multiplayer game. I'm sure you'll keep saying you won't miss us over and over again.

If he was a shill he'd be subtler.

Slick, it's fine to look forward to a game (DRM aside, I am) but you are mistaking optimism for fact. I think the agents system could lead to a more complicated, deeper simulation and I'm happy to trade city size for that, for example. However, I'm not taking the possible depth as anything more than hope until I get my hands on it.
 
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24. Re: SimCity Beta This Month Jan 20, 2013, 07:37 ASeven
 
Slick wrote on Jan 20, 2013, 02:08:
this game is looking amazing, go to pcgamer.com and read all of thearticles they've done on this game.

everyone bitching and moaning about the publisher are %100 ignoring all of the greatness that the developer is acomplishing.

can't say i'll miss ya! i've already pre ordered 2 copies of the deluxe edition, playing sims3 and simcity 4 now just to calm my nerves...

gonna be so great!

Good for ya, the rest of us who have actual taste don't give a fuck about your fanboi rantings though.

And good luck playing with a minimal community on a forced multiplayer game. I'm sure you'll keep saying you won't miss us over and over again.
 
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23. Re: SimCity Beta This Month Jan 20, 2013, 02:08 Slick
 
this game is looking amazing, go to pcgamer.com and read all of thearticles they've done on this game.

everyone bitching and moaning about the publisher are %100 ignoring all of the greatness that the developer is acomplishing.

can't say i'll miss ya! i've already pre ordered 2 copies of the deluxe edition, playing sims3 and simcity 4 now just to calm my nerves...

gonna be so great!
 
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22. Re: SimCity Beta This Month Jan 19, 2013, 16:41 PHJF
 
Q: What’s in the beta?

A: Here’s the answer straight from Lead Producer Kip Katsarelis: The Closed Beta is an important step for us as we approach our launch date for SimCity. We’ve crafted a one hour replayable experience that will let you enjoy the magic of the game and allow us to test critical features. Everyone will go through our “Getting Started Scenario”, which takes you through the basics of how to play the game and gives you a sneak peak at some late game content. After that, you’re free to start your own city and play for one hour. We’ve given you all the tools to build up a medium density city, given access to the Casino Big Business, all of the basic services, loads of public transportation options, and several options on how you can power your city. You can start up as many cities as you like during the 3 Day event. We encourage you to try to build different types of cities, explore the leaderboards and try to beat the Global Challenge! By putting these features through a rigorous test, you’re doing us a huge service. Your feedback will go directly to the Development Team and make an impact on future updates. By playing the game you’ll be testing our online servers, helping ensure a smooth launch.
 
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21. Re: SimCity Beta This Month Jan 19, 2013, 16:38 Sepharo
 
PHJF wrote on Jan 19, 2013, 16:34:
The very next ~10 words after the ones you quoted?

Hahah so it is

Now what did those double stars point to?
 
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20. Re: SimCity Beta This Month Jan 19, 2013, 16:34 PHJF
 
The very next ~10 words after the ones you quoted?  
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19. Re: SimCity Beta This Month Jan 19, 2013, 16:23 Sepharo
 
Where are you guys getting this info about a 1 hour beta? That sounds... absurd.

Also:
Running from 5pm GMT on January 25 until 8am GMT on January 28, the SimCity beta [...]

 
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18. Re: SimCity Beta This Month Jan 19, 2013, 16:11 Bhruic
 
I'm curious as to what they are trying to accomplish with this. You get to beta it for a whole one hour? Do they really expect that to be enough time to accomplish anything, let alone notice any bugs?

I know betas have been trending towards public demos for awhile now, but this seems to be even more blatant than normal.
 
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17. Re: SimCity Beta This Month Jan 19, 2013, 15:59 ColoradoHoudini
 
After reading all the posts about what's being done/not done in this newest Sim City- I'm wondering why anyone that is a fan of the game is going to get it?
 
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16. Re: SimCity Beta This Month Jan 19, 2013, 14:51 Tanto Edge
 
No. Bad Origin.  
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15. Re: SimCity Beta This Month Jan 19, 2013, 14:34 Omni
 
I seriously hope people starts speaking with there wallet rather than words.
People always buy into the hype and accept DRM and the price they are asking for new games but this will properly new happen since people nowadays have no willpower or are so careless about the product they are buying.
 
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14. Re: SimCity Beta This Month Jan 19, 2013, 12:23 Dev
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Jan 18, 2013, 23:10:
same here, but it opened a popup which then redirected to the previous tab and closed the popup.. wtf? I think most cross-site scripting protections would block this even if it was legit. I had 6 tabs open and that was a pretty weird login... I basically couldn't even tell where it logged me in among the 6 tabs... weird ;/
It also wants an origin account. If you haven't migrated an EA account to an origin with origin ID you will have to do that first. I had one migrated a while back, but it wanted extra stuff, like email verification and adding a security question.

Also, if you try the beta signup a second time in chrome after the weirdness of closing the popup it goes through. If it works, you will see a EULA followed by a survey.
 
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13. Re: SimCity Beta This Month Jan 19, 2013, 11:37 Rattlehead
 
ASeven wrote on Jan 19, 2013, 11:06:
Also, another weird coincidence.

The beta for SC only lasts 1 hour. Anyone wanna take a guess at which previous EA title had an open beta lasting 1 hour as well?

SWTOR.
No, there were no restrictions at all in the SWTOR beta. No idea what you are talking about.

Anyways I am not going to bother, there are too many changes I dislike, especially the online aspect. I don't want to share my cities with other people, why would I want to do that?
 
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12. Re: SimCity Beta This Month Jan 19, 2013, 11:06 ASeven
 
Also, another weird coincidence.

The beta for SC only lasts 1 hour. Anyone wanna take a guess at which previous EA title had an open beta lasting 1 hour as well?

SWTOR.
 
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11. Re: SimCity Beta This Month Jan 19, 2013, 11:05 Quboid
 
I preordered this before I realised it was always online. I've submitted a genuine beta application since I'm committed anyway but if there's any network issues I will be sure to mention them! I'm sure I'll just be told that it's a beta optimisation thing that will be ironed out

SC4 medium is the only size I've seen mentioned.
 
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10. Re: SimCity Beta This Month Jan 19, 2013, 10:14 PHJF
 
The difference is there was still hope before D3 released that it would be salvageable. SimCity at this point is a complete write off.  
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9. Re: SimCity Beta This Month Jan 19, 2013, 08:26 GayBlade
 
This will be the first version of SimCity that I will take a pass on.  
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8. Re: SimCity Beta This Month Jan 19, 2013, 06:56 ASeven
 
Apparently they've now reduced even further the maximum size of a city. They say it's about the size of a medium city in Sc4.

This is going to be a bigger disappointment than D3 was.
 
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