Here’s something EA should have had available day one for SimCity players. There is now an official SimCity server status website. It lists all 24 game servers, saying how busy they are and if people will or won’t be able to log onto them. Think of it as an easy way to determine if you should even bother loading up the game when you want to play.
In a twist of supreme irony, I attempted to access the SimCity server status page at 10pm on March 12, 2013. Instead of showing me the status of all the game’s servers, I received a message saying, “Page not found.” That is just lovely. It was working fine within fifteen minutes, but I found it funny and though people would appreciate knowing that even the server status page has its quirks.
When the official SimCity server status page isn’t helping, there’s another backup you can check. There’s an unofficial SimCity server status website as well. Like the original, it keeps track of the status of all 24 servers. I actually prefer it to the official page, as it offers a color-coded system showing how busy each server is and says how many hours the server has been available or full.
So there you go. If you want to play SimCity, but want to know if you’ll actually be able to play without logging into the game, check either the official or unofficial site and you should be set.
If you’re reading this news story at 10:30pm CST on March 12, 2013, you’re all clear. Both the official and unofficial SimCity server status pages say there’s room in the game no matter where you live. People in North America may have some trouble getting onto North America East 2, North America West 3 and North America West 4, but everyone else should be alright. Just be advised that your cities are locked to the server you create them on, so if you have been playing on North America East 2, West 3 or West 4 in the past, you should probably wait for those to open up. That way, you can pick up right where you left off.