In an effort to stabilize SimCity's shoddy servers, EA is disabling "a few noncritical gameplay features." This includes leaderboards, achievements, and region filters. Apparently, disabling these features will "in no way affect your core gameplay experience." Except for the fact that you're paying $60 for a game in which all of the promised features aren't implemented.
"We are continuing to do everything we can to address the server issues," EA said in an update. SimCity's launch has been plagued by server connection issues thanks to its always-on DRM model. "In the meantime, so that we can give you as good an experience as possible, we are in the process of deploying a hotfix to all servers."
For the record, the hotfix hasn't change anything for me. I still can't log in. What I find most odd is that my co-worker, sitting right next to me, is able to log in and play his city (on the same sever as mine) while I am greeted with "Can not connect to server" messages. Gotta love always-online DRM…except when it isn't online.