When The Sims 4 launched last year, it was almost unanimously criticised for not offering ay significant improvements over its predecessor; many agree that it wasn’t worth the full price. People also complained that The Sims 4 was missing vital features such as toddlers, leading some to believe that later down the line EA and Maxis would shove tons of extra features into expansion packs, thus forcing people to buy them.
With the Get to Work expansion and the smaller Outdoor Retreat and Luxury Party Stuff add-ons, we haven’t seen really that happen, but extra monetisation plans could be on the way if the work of one Sims 4 designer is to believed. It’s being suggested that The Sims 4 could soon get microtransactions, in a move that could upset the fanbase even more.
More on that after the break.
Sims 4 Microtransactions
The suggestion of Sims 4 microtransactions comes from Melissa Manlutac-Reese, who is an interface designer at EA’s Redwood Shores studio. Over the weekend, some eagle eyed Sims fans noted that the designer’s LinkedIn profile said that they are working on an “in-game purchasing UI” for The Sims 4, as the image shows above. But within a day of that being brought to light, Manlutac-Reese had removed that and it now says “Sims 4 UI”, with no further description provided.
But the profile edit doesn’t necessarily confirm the rumour and some have suggested that the work may be related to EA’s Origin game client. In The Sims 4 you can click through to Origin to buy additional content packs (Get to Work etc.) but it doesn’t make sense for Manlutac-Reese to be working on this when it is already in The Sims 4, along with so many other EA games. It also doesn’t make sense that the designer would need to work on it for an entire year.
There is other evidence that supports the idea of Sims 4 microtransactions too, such as the fact that The Sims 3 Store offered exclusive items (clothes, hairstyles, objects, and skins) for around $1 each. Plus, in a gameplay walkthrough released that showed the game’s developers playing the game, something called “The Sims 4 Premium” was pictured on screen, saying that it would allow people to “save on new packs with early access and exclusive items”.
And finally, in an investor call at the beginning of the year, EA CEO Andrew Wilson suggested that they are considering making games that offer microtransactions, subscriptions, full game upgrades (from a free demo) or even all three. So Sims 4 microtransactions are certainly within the realm of possibility, it’s just up to EA and Maxis to confirm it.
Do you support Sims 4 micotransactions? Or do you think EA should provide extra content for free?