Figured I'd chat a bit about a few things I've seen people discussing about today's video…
— Graham Nardone (@SimGuruGraham) July 19, 2014
It’s no secret that EA offers incentives to players willing to pay a fee for “exclusives” via memberships, and it seems that The Sims 4 is no exception to this business practice.
In the newly released gameplay trailer, a screen in the “gallery” reveals a Sims 4 Premium Membership, along with newly revealed exclusive content that is to be offered with said membership.
“The Sims 4 Premium: Save on new packs with early access and exclusive items. Become a Premium Member to get early access to 3 new packs, with exclusive items. Your Sims can throw a spooky costume party, camp in the great outdoors, and toast to the new year in style.”
This is not the first time we’ve seen mention of a “bundle” type subscription for the game, as a March 2014 survey also revealed possible game/content bundles for a set price. Since it is not “tradition” for The Sims to have such memberships available to players, it was brushed off as nothing more than asking price for base game editions.
Hat Tip: SimGoodie
EA Help have recently released a explaining that all customers who have purchased a copy of The Sims 2 (either in physical format or by Digital Download) will soon be able to have The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection added to their Origin account to download and play.
At this time, all Origin customers who had previously registered their copy of The Sims 2 should now have the newly remastered The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection in their Origin My Games library.
We know, however, that there are a lot of fans of The Sims who may not have had their copy of the game registered on Origin, and we want to reward The Sims fans for their incredible loyalty and commitment to the franchise.
As a result, we are developing an easy way for any eligible customer who owns a physical disc copy of The Sims 2 to upgrade easily to the new Ultimate Collection edition. We will update this article on or before Wednesday July 23 at 10am PT, with detailed instructions on what you need to do to get your own copy of The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection.
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Remember that Featured Looks don’t contain new items but are instead new ‘looks’ created with existing Store content. If you own any of the items used in this set you will notice a reduction in the price due to the Complete Your Set feature. Although this new look does contain some new wallpaper!!
What have been the major developments since the game’s announcement almost a year ago?
Franklin: [The fans] have had pretty deep exposure when we ran the Sims Camp last year. We had about 40 people that were exposed to Build Mode (that wasn’t at Gamescom) and the purpose was to get them deeply into it. They loved the features, even the little enhancements like spandrels. It’s those details that they get very excited about. So really, we’ve been finding out how Build Mode felt, what it’s like to place a room down. We’ve been refining that experience and spending our time on making sure it feels great.
Pearson: In addition to that it has been opening up that vibrant neighbourhood we’ve been talking about and all those opportunities out there. We’ve been looking at all the potential out there and we’ve been getting a lot of positive feedback. Pushing that forward was definitely something we’ve spent a lot of time on since the announcement.
The folks over at SimFans.de extracted the string file from The Sims 4 CAS Demo, and from this information, I have put together a list of Traits, Aspirations, and (possible) rewards.