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.

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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.

ZoTrAcK
ZoTrAcK

WOW free ads? thanks EA!

berserker66666
berserker66666

I can find trainers which could boost stats better than this piece of shit.

RockySquirrel
RockySquirrel

Green cars... woot!

In-game ads... very disappointing...

Sam_021
Sam_021

To all the SimCity players like me = This would be a disaster, think about the amount of traffic we already get hit by when we go over 150K population. If this would have reduced air pollution and traffic, then it would have been fine and fun to have but it clearly states that it's useless. 

SkamArtist
SkamArtist

Maybe I'm reading this wrong, but I thought the ad was just the Nissan logo on the port itself and Nissan cars driving around. I didn't take it as an actual pop up ad or commercial. I don't see a problem with that.

traitor_651
traitor_651

Wow it's so easy to piss you guys off. Add an in game add and all hell breaks loose

Gallowhand
Gallowhand

Hang on a minute...so now inserting ads into a game is considered 'free DLC'?

Haahahahahahahaha!! :D

laser00
laser00

"free from Origin or the in-game store. The content will be available for the next six months."


so, free DLC but only for six months...EA YOU FUNNY...

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

Who are these people that actually buy Datsuns...err, Nissans?


Gimmie a GM car any day over some crappy japanese one.

Vorheez
Vorheez

HAHAHA EA Strikes again.....i hope this issues with simcity didnt not render the EA SKATE SERVERS TO SHUTDOWN at the end of this month.....That Would Be SO PATHETIC.

GnugnaGnagna
GnugnaGnagna

A FREE dlc from EA? Oh wait, it's just in-game ads....

MidnightMeteor
MidnightMeteor

So when will EA throw in their own offices for a real authentic experience?

MD_Tron
MD_Tron

whats the problem? its advertisement, Facebook does it all the time, no one cry's about it. Give me a break, this is far from brain washing, look up the definition. It is a marketing plan, and EA is getting a slice, so chill out. Your brain wont turn to mush from advertisement, just because a game does it, doesn't make it evil or wrong. so grow the hell up you noobs.

jack00
jack00

Edit: Kinda sad.

skunkpants
skunkpants

A charging station that doesn't require power...