During today’s Inside Maxis stream, SimGurus tackled “Hot Topics” from the community, including a question about why Maxis continues to release previously paid content like CAS items for free in base game updates. Gurus explained that one of the reasons they have and will continue to do this, is because they want to ensure that they make available any items which can further expand their goal of representation in The Sims 4.
Why do we release content from packs into the base game?
We have heard feedback that there are hairs currently gates behind DLC or packs that offer more representation than those included with the base game, so we want to make sure that they are available for everybody. We love creating packs that offer cohesive and immersing theme experiences, but we are also committed to ensuring access to our full catalog of character elements that are for representation purposes. We want to make sure that everyone has the chance to represent themselves in the game. That is one of the reasons.
We are continuing to research and select a small number of hairstyles from previously released packs that we will be adding to the base game for simmers in the future. It is something that we are balancing out, but expect to have more of that soon.