Want to see what I saw of The Sims 4 at E3? Well, even though the presenters and Sims were different, the highly staged gameplay walkthrough is almost identical to what I saw. However, we do get a glimpse of future features that might not make people too happy.
During the official walkthrough trailer (13:26), we get a glimpse of this screen:
For those who don’t want to squint, the screen says
The Sims 4 Premium. Save on new packs with early access and exclusive items. Become a Premium member to get early access to three new packs, wit exclusive items. Your Sims can throw a spooky costume party, camp in the great outdoors, and toast to the new year in style.
Let’s start by getting the DLC discussion out of the way. First three packs appear to be costume parties, camping and a new year’s party. I wonder how a New Year’s party will differ from a normal party – will we have unique clothes and people getting emo about being alone? Perhaps you can set a countdown clock to make people kiss. It seems a bit silly to me, but obviously I’m missing something when it comes to features.
Speaking of features, the new Sims will have a Premium membership. If it’s anything like the Premium membership we see for Battlefield, this will include all the expansion packs as well as unique aesthetic items. Seeing as there shouldn’t be server queues that will require priority access, perhaps Premium members will have access to a greater gallery of pre-built rooms, or get discounts when purchasing entire collections. Maybe we’ll see Premium members grabbing expansions in advance, celebrating the new year before their friends.
You can check out the full 20 minutes of gameplay walkthrough – is it making you excited? Are you ready to jump into an all new world of Sims 4, or can EA wait to take your money?
Last Updated: July 21, 2014