As the inevitable business cycle goes: if it sells well, we’ll do it again. If it sells bad, then it’s off to the glue factory with every creative but under-performing IP you’ve ever loved! This makes sense and even Guitar Hero got axed when sales (and interest) dropped low enough. So, no franchise is immune no matter its long-standing reign, especially not The Sims. The Sims 4 may have only just got out the gate, glitches and controversy abound, but now one of its producers is warning that The Sims 5 might now even happen. Is he right? Has he lost his mind? Should we start searching out our long lost expansion packs? Find out more after the break.
The Sims 5 and The Curious Warning Tactic
Responding to a fan’s wishlist of features for The Sims 5 that they posted in the game’s official forum, The Sims 4 Producer Grant “SimGuruGrant” Rodiek replied with the following,
“We’re not working on Sims 5. We’re not thinking about Sims 5,” he wrote. “If Sims 4 isn’t successful, there won’t be a Sims 5.”
He did then silence the bark a bit, adding that,
“It’s not all or nothing, per se, but something has to pay for 5“
On one hand, he’s right. The gaming industry is a business and by all means if we stopped wanting the series and its ridiculous building tools, the wacky glitches and the freedom to be, create and love whoever we want, then I’d be amongst the first the pick up my pitchfork and torch, march over to EA and petition for them to lop The Sims franchise off at the neck. Consumer fatigue isn’t fun – ask any Call of Duty fan.
But, on the other hand, EA and Rodiek have to know they’ve stuffed up here. Amongst poor fan reviews, backlash that pools, toddlers and family trees have all been removed and suggestions in customer reviews that The Sims 4 isn’t quite worth the asking price, it’s perfectly justifiable that someone would ask them to fix these things in The Sims 5 and Rodiek and co. should be listening, rather than responding the way that he did and then deleting the comments in an effort to bury the evidence. Alas, it’s one more controversy under the rug…
The Sims 4 and The LGBT Controversy
Discovered yesterday, The Sims 4’s upload filters prevent users from uploading characters if they have words such as “gay”, “queer” or “homosexual” in the name or description meanwhile, as you might have guessed, words with “straight” or “heterosexual” pass right on through.
EA’s official statement is
“The Sims has a long history of supporting stories that players want to tell, irrespective of gender preference. The Gallery uses an automated filtering program that filters out certain words, including some of the ones mentioned. We are aware of have been working on a fix, which will be out soon.”
Which is a far cry from an explanation, but the best guess is that the filters are in place to avoid people being vile and queerphobic through the means of Sim names and descriptions. That seems like a bit of an odd way to express your ignorance but it’s far from me to judge!
EA do have a great stance on LGBT games and in any case that will hopefully be fixed soon so I’ll have more on that – and The Sims 5 – as soon as I know it.