Free SimCity DLC offers sponsored Nissan Leaf car dock

Sponsored DLC offers in-game happiness for displaying a company logo.

Maxis is offering sponsored DLC for SimCity, starting with a free Nissan Leaf charging station.

In-game, the Nissan Leaf charging station offers no real downsides--the building generates happiness without requiring power, water, or workers. It doesn't generate any waste. The in-game advertisement does, however, feature a prominent Nissan logo and fills a player's city with Nissan's electric Leaf cars.

"Plopping down the Nissan LEAF® Charging Station will add happiness to nearby buildings," says Maxis. "Adding the Charging Station will not take power, water or workers away from your city. Zoom in to the streets of cities and players will start seeing a percentage of their Sims from all wealth classes driving the electric vehicles. The Charging Station produces no garbage or sewage as well making it pollution free."

Any SimCity player interested in the Nissan Leaf charging station can download it for free from Origin or the in-game store. The content will be available for the next six months.

For more information on SimCity, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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91210user
91210user

What the point of that? Nissan spends on advertising which is broadcast to ONE million players. This isn't realism, it's just pumping and investing money into a game because EA wants too. It's a Japanese company aswell, so clearly Nissan wants to lose money thinking this is a good marketing tactic!

trencher10B
trencher10B

DLC?


I get my fix of that in Simcity 4 through STEX, why thank you.

ewjiml
ewjiml

Ummm....am I the only one who feels that this is a bit tacky?  I mean first the server fiasco where they refused to refund me and then in-game advertising?  I guess Maxis realized that no one is buying the game so they resort to advertising to get more money.  I play MLB the SHow on the PS3 and EXPECT advertisements.  When I play Simcity, I DO NOT EXPECT it.  I mean seriously could you play Bioshock Infinite when there are logos of Nike all over the shops?  Good job EA and Maxis for ruining the franchise. 

Sarg1010
Sarg1010

It's.... DLC that will only be available for us to use for a set amount of time? The hell? I mean, I know it's just advertising, but still? Give us content, then take it away a few months later? Really?


I guess it's no surprise, since they'll do the same thing with the game's servers...

thermalmotion
thermalmotion

Goddamnit Maxis, I bought the game for $60. Following your link for the free leaf station I realize I'm playing a stripped down version of Simcity considering the DLC content I'm not gonna pay for. I'm a true fan, I deserve better treatment.

Consider 1 month since release.... microtransactions already?

hlavco25
hlavco25

Free DLC is good even if it's branded, but happiness at no cost seems like a potential game-breaker. Maybe if there was a limit of one per city... also, reducing pollution seems like a more plausible effect than general happiness increase.

OldKye
OldKye

Well it is a Japanese car manufacture that makes cars in air tight high tech factory and fills there tires with nitrogen why not make a game breaking building in EA's broken game?

Jeremy Clarkson: "Don't worry kids Dad's not having a stroke, he's just driving a Nissan!"

vadmtom
vadmtom

Someone please explain how a charging station uses no energy. How. Energy just falls out of the heavens into the batteries?

Darth_Aloysius
Darth_Aloysius

And so EA reveals its true intentions, let the microtransactions begin... 

SkamArtist
SkamArtist

I'll assume you guys would be pissed if, for example, GTA V had McDonald restaurants in it. Or God forbid if you can catch an in-game flight operated by JetBlue. I guess I'm part of the minority, but you guys are acting like games are completely ruined with product placement.

brok
brok

I don't know whether to cry or puke my guts out

boarwar
boarwar

cant tell if this is hilarious or insulting. probably both...

if they increase the build size of this game i might bite, but this....this...turns me off like a woman on her period. Dare i say.......wtf you slimy bastards 

JRHT
JRHT

The merits of branded DLC aside (I don't have an issue with it in this instance), I can't help but wonder how completely clueless the Maxis PR department is.

Surely it's not a good idea from a PR perspective to release branded DLC which could (correctly or otherwise) be seen as a money-grab and/or soulless corporate propaganda when the original game is still broken?

As @maddogmark25 points out, it appears that they're using resources that should be devoted to fixing the game to putting out this DLC which indicates a basic lack of understanding of what the game owners want.

dagrimmreepa
dagrimmreepa

That's because the station is powered by the broken hearts and tears of Maxis' fans. This is ridiculous... even after the launch fiasco I was still contemplating of giving it a go, but now I'm definitely not. I refuse to support such ideology, because you know that this is gonna spread to single-player campaign stuff as well... like the Panasonic Suit Changer in Dead Space 4, or some crap like that. 

brunorr
brunorr

lol This whole SimCity story keeps getting better and better.

crunchb3rry
crunchb3rry

How come nobody complains when fans make this kind of stuff? Like they did in the old games. Like they do in other games like Forza? There's no offense made by EA whatsoever with this, other than it being a tad tacky.

Xaiano
Xaiano

I genuinely don't believe this - releasing DLC before the game even has the features promised at launch...

hystavito
hystavito

Shouldn't the building offer some advantages but with some tradeoffs?  It seems odd that it doesn't even use electricity.  That's my only issue, they are adding an item that is "overpowered" because Nissan wants as many people as possible to be exposed to it.  Will this make a big difference?  Maybe not this specifically, but the concept is something that players should be concerned about, how far will they go with this?

People don't like pay to win, this is sort of a let our advertising into your game to win.  Again I mean that conceptually, I know this one little thing is not going to throw the entire balance off, but down the road there could be dozens of these.

Supperdude9
Supperdude9

I'm okay with this.  It's a small DLC paid by the companies, free of charge to you.  Gives you stat boosts, at the "cost" of advertising in your game.  It brings money to the developers, who would have charged two dollars for such a simple DLC anyways. And it's a quick in-game happiness fix.  I don't mind it.  I wouldn't mind to see more of this happen in other games.  I'm not saying to the point of going extreme like giving...say...a Budweiser armor to Issac Clarke in Dead Space.  Just harmless stuff like this.

Trender_man
Trender_man

Its powered by anger and frustration

pedroabperneta
pedroabperneta

I gotta be honest and i know this is against popular belief but , in some cases, product placement can be a good thing. If done right and not oversaturated , it can make the game more authentic and at the same time potencially can reduce games cost for the users at the same time. You don't see ppl complaining for example on FIFA that they have advertisements on the clubs jerseys and they are nike jerseys instead of naikee jerseys, because that makes the game more authentic.

yoda101280
yoda101280

Meh, I don't really mind.  People act like gaming is not a business.  This is a pretty seamless way for them to get some ad-revenue with minimal impact on the player.  More money they get from outside sources, less they have to ravage my pockets so I'm fine with it.  You don't even have to use it if you don't want.

electroban
electroban

The thing is they are using us the player to make a buck.  What's next McDonalds? 

Sefrix
Sefrix moderator

 Yay in-game advertisements! I'm surprised they still don't charge for this.

mkaliaz
mkaliaz

At least it lets you choose to install it or not! Situation could be worse.

mrklorox
mrklorox

But does it attract homeless people like parks?

Occams-Razor
Occams-Razor

I think people are biased by EA hatred. Product placement isn't going to brainwash you, because it's done in plenty of games. People love the authenticity of real cars in racing games, and real guns in military games. You're not being brainwashed and going out to buy a GC36 or AK74.
Not to mention, it's free, and whether or not it's automatically downloaded into your game, you personally have to place it down. Considering it doesn't do anything extraordinary, they're not really encouraging people to use it.
Regardless of what they put out, people are going to complain. If they fixed online, and increased the map size, even if it was good from the get-go, people would still basically call EA the anti-christ.

SkamArtist
SkamArtist

@vadmtom There is energy that falls out of the heavens..it's called the Sun. 

cirugo
cirugo

@SkamArtist  

only when the first update for this broken piece of shit game that they tuned out longtime fans' feedback to force on the public is a piece of in-game advertising..

JachAnen
JachAnen

@dagrimmreepa Pretty sure it did a long time ago, but they were probably so sneaky with the placing that no one really noticed. Still, it was only a matter of time. At least you get some DLC out of it instead of them just putting it in there like movies/shows do.

elanbg
elanbg

@crunchb3rry Well. First, Forza is about cars. Secondly, Forza pays licensing fees to get the cars, not the other way around. And, since you mentioned it, this reminds me of the time EA were a douches over the Porsche license they had and they didn't agreed on letting go for Forza 4's initial release.

maddogmark25
maddogmark25

@crunchb3rry 

It's because there is so much wrong with the game, yet they are using resources they could be using to fix the problems with the game instead on stupid **** like this that noone cares about.

bledsoe45sbc
bledsoe45sbc

@Xaiano i guess maxis is busy making dlc when the people who bought the game can't even get a simcity experience they paid for

Supperdude9
Supperdude9

@Xaiano 

EA!  Finding more ways to make more money before the needs of the customer are met!

lion2447
lion2447

I hope not. That kind of power will burn out the batteries.

elanbg
elanbg

@yoda101280 Ok, so now we wait and see when EA will start ravaging LESS money from our pockets. Can't make a straight face, sorry man. ROFL!

sirkibble2
sirkibble2

@Occams-Razor Is that you're going to justify that? Comparing real cars in racing games? SimCity, clearly, was not designed with real life assets in mind as were certain racing games and military shooters. 

Now, we don't have to use it, yes. But they are certainly encouraging people to use it. It generates happiness without any negative consumption of resources and doesn't generate waste. It's free happiness with the trade-off being a bright red Nissan logo that will probably catch your eye. 

I think if this was Activision, Ubisoft, Square-Enix, or anyone else, it would be looked at negatively. It's just that, once again, it's EA making this kind of decision that people don't want to see, so yes, it's going to get rammed on twice as hard as anyone else.

KrazyDago101
KrazyDago101

@Occams-Razor You won't be singing that song when EA fires you for getting a kidney stone and not being able to post your propaganda.

Darth_Aloysius
Darth_Aloysius

@cirugo @SkamArtist exactly, not only does it add insult to injury but the lure of microtransactions is what made this game always online in the first place. If this hadn't been possible we'd all have a nice solo-playing game.

Really its more the DLC than the branding that gets me, although this branding only represents the poor attitude EA has towards the whole industry.

dagrimmreepa
dagrimmreepa

@JachAnen @dagrimmreepa No no, they WANT you to notice it, that's the whole point of going with an ad in the first place. If everyone would just not buy the products that are part of the problem, such as those with always online DRM, the industry would change overnight. 

But, of course, we won't, and so stuff like this will keep happening, and gradually grow more egregious. I swear, gamers are the most passive demographic that has ever existed.

JachAnen
JachAnen

@maddogmark25 @crunchb3rry Really?? How can seriously be mad for that well knowing we are talking EA. Even 10 years ago they released games that got unofficial patches because they simply stopped trying to fix it after 6 or more patches with major bug fixing. Everyone that played an EA game (especially PC) knew to expect this or at least, not be surprised by it (not the launch issues but everything else).

yoda101280
yoda101280

@elanbg @yoda101280 Well they already have, they could have made an item like this with some generic name and then tried to push it out as a micro transaction or as part of an assortment of similar items in a DLC pack, either of which would cost you money.  Instead you get it for free b/c Nissan wants some in-game advertising.  So yeah, EA is EA and they're going to make their money but believe it or not things like this do actually benefit you generally.

Occams-Razor
Occams-Razor

@sirkibble2@Occams-RazorHmm, I see your point about how Simcity doesn't have real life assets.
Well, aside from the Arc de Triomphe,
Cinquantenaire Arch, Dutch windmills, Edificio Copan, The Empire State, Giralda, Globe Theater, Kolner Dom, Leaning Tower of Pisa, Oslo Opera House, Rundetaarn, Statue of Libery, St. Basils Cathedral, Stockholm City Hall, Sydney Opera House, Tokyo Tower, Zamek Krolewski W. Warszawie, Washington Monument, and the Willis Tower.

I hope for your sake, you have a great job, dude. You've got a lot of brainwashed-inspired traveling to do.

Occams-Razor
Occams-Razor

@LesserAngel @Occams-Razor @sirkibble2 Well, you can't really avoid it, unfortunately. I'm really curious as to how some of these people who comment deal with dressing themselves every morning. :P

I suppose it's okay to place products if you are a fan of the product.

Like, if the stadium had the option to hold a Justin Beiber concert, I'm sure there would be a massive outcry, but if it were your favorite band, you'd praise them to death.

I know if I saw an available Tool concert, I'd be one biased lemming. ^_^

LesserAngel
LesserAngel

@Occams-Razor @LesserAngel @sirkibble2 Let me put it this way, obvious attempts at cashing in by placing ads in a game suck. It's not just limited to SimCity of course. That's it, I hate it when I see it in movies too.

Occams-Razor
Occams-Razor

@LesserAngel @Occams-Razor @sirkibble2 I would agree if the game was only about placing buildings. a "city" includes the population and commerce, and the game includes drawing roads, and what moves along these roads.

And this doesn't take away from the ineffective brainwashing argument. People are so uptight about their fragile minds being warped, when you can easily say the same thing about landmarks inspiring travel. "3 landmarks from America?! It's a conspiracy!"

Marketing can be seen everywhere, and it doesn't bother people this much. Who cares if it's in a game. "Oh no, I had to look at it, woe is me."