EA has officially announces The Sims Mobile. A mobile spin-off of the hugely popular simulation franchise The Sims, the iOS and Android game will have a soft launch in Brazil before being released ‘soon’ across the globe.
But the announcement of The Sims Mobile has also left fans and players of The Sims 4 furious, with some suggesting the mobile title is a waste of time and resources.
The Sims 4 Players Aren’t Happy About The Sims Mobile
The Sims Mobile includes many of the core features that people have come to expect from the life simulation series. Create A Sim lets players design and dress up their Sims and they can build houses, form relationships as well as hang out with other Sim NPCs.
Sims can also embark on careers and inherit ‘Heirlooms’ that can unlock new hobbies and even new careers for the next generation of that Sims’ family. And, as this is a free to play mobile game, The Sims Mobile has microtransactions too. Players can pay real money for SimCash which in turn can be used to buy Simoleons which in turn can be used to buy new unlocks (e.g community lots).
However, while the graphics look great and putting a Sims game on mobile devices generally seems like a good idea, players of main series entry The Sims 4 are absolutely fuming. They argue that EA and The Sims developer Maxis shouldn’t be spending time and money on The Sims Mobile when fans have been complaining about a lack of content for The Sims 4 for quite some time.
The Sims 4 Vampires game pack was released in January, followed by the Bowling Night Stuff pack released in March and the Family game pack, Eco Living Stuff and Fitness Stuff packs are also planned to release this summer. But players say that this isn’t enough and are eager for more content of all kinds, including stuff, game and expansion packs (like rumored EP The Sims 4 Pets) to be added to the game. The most recent expansion pack was released seven months ago; City Living, which was released in November.
Also contributing to the frustration is the fact that The Sims Mobile seems to include content that either costs money to unlock in The Sims 4 or just isn’t available at all in the main series entry. Spas, for example, are available in the mobile game despite being locked to the Spa Day game pack in the main game. Meanwhile, fans have spotted a microscope for adults in The Sims Mobile that is restricted to the children’s science set in The Sims 4.
Some fans have pointed out that when the majority of Maxis Emeryville developers lost their jobs in 2015, EA folded the rest of the studio into its mobile sector. They suggest that this is something which may have contributed to the decision to make The Sims Mobile.
Though, their problem isn’t that EA and Maxis have used that opportunity to make a new mobile game – The Sims Freeplay continues to exist despite The Sims Mobile announcement – but that so much effort appears to have gone into said mobile title. So much effort, in fact, that they fear it may have taken away from the main series and there are additional concerns that it will siphon resources off of the main game in future as well.
It’s probably too soon for fans to take up pitchforks at dawn as there is no actual proof that The Sims 4 releases have slowed down because of The Sims Mobile. However, it’s understandable why fans feel so strongly about the state of the game and it’s now up to EA and Maxis to fix it.
The Sims Mobile is now available on iOS and Android in Brazil. It will be released globally soon.
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