EA and Maxis have confirmed the freebie PC games that they are offering (like you thought you'd choose!) to people who bought SimCity and got swept away in the ClusterLaunch.
Beware though, there are - as ever - caveats galore. Let's see what they are and then look at the games.
EA/Maxis says, "Starting today, every player that has activated their copy of SimCity will receive an email that will give directions on how to redeem this offer, and you can also find more information on our FAQ. We’ll be opening up the redemption portal country-by-country so some of you may see it a little sooner than others.
"The portal will be live worldwide for everyone to select their game by March 22. We don’t want any of you to miss out on your free game, so please note that you must register your copy of SimCity before March 26, 2013 at 06:59 AM GMT and you must claim your free game by March 31, 2013 at 06.59 GMT."
That FAQ can be found here
by the way.
The games are... Battlefield 3
(Standard Edition)Bejeweled 3Dead Space 3
(Standard Edition)Mass Effect 3
(Standard Edition)Medal of Honor Warfighter
(Standard Edition) Need For Speed Most Wanted
(Standard Edition)Plants vs. ZombiesSimCity 4
And, hilariously we're also sent this:
"And now please enjoy a disclaimer from our head legal Llama…" "A legal Llama" ohhhh, LOL. Imagine how lovely and fluffy that Llama is. Amazingly so given that if you infringed EA's copyrights or patents it would probably savage your guts out of you via your mouth. Anyway, here's that lovely caveat from the infantilising Llama.
*THIS OFFER DOES NOT CONSTITUTE A CREDIT, CHARGE, DEBIT OR GIFT CARD. OFFER EXPIRES MARCH 25, 2013 AT 11:59PM PST. VALID FOR NEW PURCHASES OF SIMCITY (“PRODUCT”) THAT ARE REGISTERED TO YOUR ORIGIN ACCOUNT BY MARCH 25, 2013 AT 11:59PM PST. FREE PC DIGITAL DOWNLOAD GAMES NOT DOWNLOADED FROM ORIGIN.COM BY MARCH 30, 2013 AT 11:59PM PST ARE FORFEIT. ELIGIBLE GAMES SUBJECT TO CHANGE. VALID WHEREVER PRODUCT IS SOLD. LIMIT ONE OFFER PER PERSON. CANNOT BE COMBINED WITH ANY OTHER OFFER, GIFT CARD, REBATE OR OTHER DISCOUNT COUPONS. OFFER MAY NOT BE SUBSTITUTED, EXCHANGED, SOLD OR REDEEMED FOR CASH OR OTHER GOODS OR SERVICES. RETAILERS, DISTRIBUTORS AND EMPLOYEES OF ELECTRONIC ARTS INC. AND THEIR AGENCIES/AFFILIATES ARE NOT ELIGIBLE. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED, TAXED OR RESTRICTED BY LAW. SEE APPLICABLE END USER LICENSE AGREEMENTS AND DISCLOSURES ON WWW.EA.COM.
*Users who are beneath the minimum age required to access interactive online services will automatically be granted a copy of SimCity 4: Deluxe Edition and Bejeweled 3 instead. These games will be added directly to your My Games library over the coming days."
Have fun, ya'll.