I preordered from Simplygames.com and just got an email stating the following;
Please find below an urgent message regarding your ‘SimCity Limited Edition’ CD Key.
It has been brought to our attention by our supplier and an EA Origin Official that there is a language issue bug when pre loading SimCity Limited Edition onto your Origin platform. When activating the key within EA Origin you will be notified that the game is only available in certain languages. We have been assured that this is in fact a bug and that the game will be available in whatever language you have your EA Origin set to (we will be testing in English only). An EA Origin Official has notified us that a fix will be released tomorrow (08th March 2013) to rectify this issue.
Due to this issue many suppliers (including ours) are holding their stock back and will not be releasing it until it has been confirmed that the game does in fact include the required language (English). We are expecting to receive our stock between 01:00-03:00 GMT on Friday 08th March 2013 at which point it will be emailed our directly to you.
Sorry for any inconvenience this has caused and please do not hesitate to get In touch should you have any further questions.
So it looks like i won't be playing at midnight and won't even be able to preload the game, what a mess by EA.