The Sims franchise is a highly interactive game that allows the player to create virtual humans and control their actions in order to satisfy their desires. It is one of the most successful video games of all time, so when Electronic Arts (EA) announced in 2013 the release of The Sims 4, it caused considerable excitement in the gamer community around the world and at DHS.
“I’m really excited for the Sims 4,” junior Arturo Cuellar said. “All the cool new features are going to be an added bonus, especially since all of them look pretty great.”
The release of the new Sims installment is scheduled for fall 2014, five years after the release of the last Sims game. Electronic Arts has released several Expansion Packs throughout the years and spinoff versions of the game for other consoles like the Nintendo Wii, but fans of the game agree that a new and improved version is all they have been waiting for since the release of the Sims 3 in 2009.
“I’ve played the Sims 3 before and always thought it was a very fun game, especially the part about being someone else in a virtual world,” sophomore Diana Camacho said. “I’m excited to see what they came up with for the Sims 4.”
The game was announced by EA on May 6, 2013, and it’s being developed by The Sims Studio and Maxis, unlike the last installment that was only developed by The Sims Studio.
Further details were announced in Gamescom 2013, Europe’s largest gaming event held in Germany. This event is used by video game developers to show off or announce their upcoming games. One of the biggest updates made on the game was the improved Create-A-Sim feature and the new emotion based gameplay, as well as the requirement of an Origin account in order to be able to play.
Another new feature that EA advertises is the newfound intelligence in the Sims, and how every action they take is now influenced by different emotional states and their interactions with other Sims. It seems impossible to top the previous Sims games because of their great success, but just by reading the improved features it’s safe to say that EA has done it again.