If you’re in the UK and have registered a copy of SimCity on Origin, you can log into the distribution service this afternoon for a free game-shaped apology courtesy of Maxis and EA.
A pop-up should appear upon launching Origin. But if it doesn’t, you’ll want to look for Launch Featured Today under the Origin tab. We recommend either Battlefield 3, Need for Speed: Most Wanted or Mass Effect 3. If you already own them, or like to make your own wrong decisions, you’ve the following to choose from:
- Bejeweled 3
- Dead Space 3 (Standard Edition)
- Medal of Honor Warfighter (Standard Edition)
- Plants vs. Zombies
- SimCity 4 Deluxe Edition
So, to recap – Step 1: Live in the UK. Step 2: Embrace popup, or delve into Origin > Launch Featured Today. Step 3: Choose Battlefield, NFS or Mass Effect 3.
Download portals for other regions will start popping up between now and Friday. You’ll need to have registered your copy of SimCity before March 25, 2013 at 11:59 PM PDT, and have claimed your game by March 30, 2013 at 11:59PM PDT. Which are you plumping for?