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Just as EA and Maxis seemed ready to put launch issues to bed and march onwards with the development of their “MMO”, SimCity’s 2.0 patch has infused the game with a colourful array of shiny new bugs. Fans have taken to Reddit and official forums to decry the mess, which has left some cities literally overflowing with waste.

Human excrement is at the bottom (sorry) of one common issue encountered since yesterday's patch. A concerned Redditor reported a “sewage OVERLOAD” in a town with a relatively tiny population of 4,000 that saw their outflow pipe “MAXED”. Another player beginning a new town with a similarly-sized bevy of civvies found their terminally incontinent Sims had already put 55 in the clinic.

Not all of the bugs are so ripe for comedy. Some SimCity players have found themselves stuck on loading screens when attempting to resume cities created before the patch - though they've had no problems in creating new ones. Others lucky enough to access their saves have discovered that buildings wouldn’t complete construction, instead becoming perpetual building sites.

Meanwhile, while players are celebrating the end of traffic issues caused by “clumping” fire trucks and endlessly looping transit vehicles, more dramatic pile-ups are occurring as the result of new problems. One poor mayor saw their streets turned gold yesterday with hundreds of bright yellow and totally inexplicable taxi cabs:

Elsewhere, users on the official forums are reporting pollution from outside their city’s borders when surrounded by the uninterrupted greenery of an empty Region:

What's more, peculiar sound bugs have left some cities partially muted. Others now boast trees that honk and purr like streetcars:

The bugs really are too numerous to name - check the SimCity Subreddit and EA's forums for a cross-section. We've contacted EA to find out whether Maxis are working on another update to fix these latest issues, and will update this post with any answer we receive.

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Seems they can do nothing to fix this game.  Shame there is no way of getting your money back.


This game has absolutely killed the franchise.  Hope someone creates a rival to SimCity which actually works.


SimCity still has fans? What fools would stick with this game after launch? After seeing what is truly is? I'd expect a Star Wars: The Old Republic-style mass exodus after that mess. It's shameful that people are still giving EA Maxis the benefit of the doubt. How hard must you be burned to learn your damn lesson?

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I was looking forward to this for a long time, but then due to various budgetary and other concerns I didn't pick it up on release. Seems like I lucked out! I am checking in on the news every now and then, hoping for an article stating that "EVERYTHING IS OKAY!" so I can finally pick it up. Not there yet, it seems. 


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