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'SimCity' scheduled for first major update, server downtime begins at 4PM ET on Monday

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Maxis and EA's newest SimCity title will receive its first major update tomorrow, bringing a long list of tweaks and fixes to the beleaguered city building simulator. Only a few new minor features will be included in the update, but players can hopefully look forward to a more polished game by tomorrow; in the update announcement, EA says cities should now process properly, and that many of the game's processes — like tourism, education, recycling, air pollution, disasters, trade, and transit — will receive bug fixes. "The wait will be worth it," EA writes.

SimCity's troubled launch helped EA win its second consecutive "worst company" crown from the Consumerist's annual poll. The game's online-only requirement led to a frustrating launch, with major delays and connectivity issues resulting from heavy loads on EA's Origin servers. In response to the initial issues, SimCity had several important features removed, including the game's fastest play speed. To repair its relationship with customers, EA offered SimCity owners one of eight titles for free, including Battlefield 3, Dead Space 3, Medal of Honor Warfighter, and Need for Speed Most Wanted. EA said in April that the game has already sold more than 1.3 million copies for the PC since its launch in March.