11:08 pm - 05/07/2013

Will the Sims 4 require an online connection?...and other burning questions.

Sul Sul! Maxis and Electronic Arts today announced that The Sims 4 is currently in development at The Sims Studio for release on PC and Mac in 2014. The Sims 4 celebrates the heart and soul of the Sims themselves, giving players a deeper connection with the most expressive, surprising and charming Sims ever in this single-player offline experience. The Sims 4 encourages players to personalize their world with new and intuitive tools while offering them the ability to effortlessly share their creativity with friends and fans.

We know you all have many questions and we’re listening. Send them through to this post and we’ll do our best to respond as often as we can. Just know that we’re not quite ready to spoil all surprises yet, so keep an eye out for more information to come.

For now, here’s a list of some commonly asked questions that we wanted to share with you today.

Q: What can you tell us about The Sims 4?
A: The Sims 4 celebrates the heart and soul of the Sims themselves, giving players a deeper connection with the most expressive, surprising and charming Sims ever in this single-player offline experience. The Sims 4 encourages players to personalize their world with new and intuitive tools while offering them the ability to effortlessly share their creativity with friends and fans.

Q: How do I stay up to date with the latest info on The Sims 4?
A: Head on over to www.TheSims.com/TheSims4 and sign up for our newsletter to learn more!

Q: When will The Sims 4 be available?
A: The Sims 4 will be available worldwide in 2014.

Q: What platforms will the game be available on?
A: The Sims 4 will be available for PC and Mac.

Q: What will The Sims 4 be rated?
A: The Sims 4 is not yet rated by the ESRB, PEGI or other rating systems. We will update the website once we’ve received our rating.

Q: Will there be an online component for The Sims 4?
A:There will be additional fun and social gameplay elements for players who choose to go online (more to come on that later on) but the core game is designed to be played offline. It’s up to the player to choose how they want to play.

Q: Will The Sims 4 require a persistent online connection?
A: You will not require a persistent online connection to play The Sims 4.

Q: We noticed that the fans were amongst the first to receive this announcement, why did you go that route?
A: The Sims has always been about the fans. There are millions of them across social networks and it’s passion that keeps The Sims alive. It’s their creativity and devotion to The Sims that fuels our creativity, so it’s natural that we’d come to them first with the big news.
This is just the beginning for our fans. We’re bringing a select few into our inner circle and they’ll get special access to the development team and will have visibility into key parts of the game as it develops.

Q: Who are some of the people that are making The Sims 4?
A: The Sims 4 is currently in development at The Sims Studio in Redwood City, and the team making the game is comprised by veterans whose experience dates back to the inception of the franchise. We have folks like Robi Kauker, Lyndsay Pearson and Kevin Gibson who have been with the series since the beginning. Others such as Ray Mazza and Samantha Miceli have been with the team since The Sims 2. We can’t wait to introduce you to more of the team.

Q: What do the eyes in the image mean?
A: They say that the eyes are the window into the soul. Let’s just say that these eyes are a window into the future of The Sims 4. Stay tuned for more!

Q: What are the minimum hardware requirements for The Sims 4?
A: We are working to make the game accessible to as many players as possible. We will let you know once we’ve locked in the specs.

Q: Are you still developing content for The Sims 3?
A: Yes. We have a brand new world, Dragon Valley, coming out at the end of May. We have The Sims 3 Island Paradise shipping on June 25 and we have a Future-themed expansion arriving in Fall 2013. Beyond that, we continue to create content for The Sims 3 Store.


Ok but somehow I doubt "How do I stay up to date with the latest info on The Sims 4?" is actually a commonly asked question.
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goofusgallant 8th-May-2013 06:26 am (UTC)
I hope it is easier to make good looking sims. Sims 3 sims are ugly as fuck. Hopefully genetics are improved in sims 4.
chimbleysweep 8th-May-2013 06:33 am (UTC)
idk I've made a lot of pretty Sims, even when I didn't use custom content.
shikinluv 8th-May-2013 06:42 am (UTC)
same here

plus i like how round and cute they look in Sims 3 hahaha
luvyuyu 8th-May-2013 07:45 am (UTC)
Me too!
Also I wish we could play sims4 with LAN connection! I want to play it with my sister and let her kids marry my kids XD
treradical 8th-May-2013 07:06 am (UTC)
lmao i made one attractive sim in sims 3 and i was so proud bc it's so hard to do
secura 8th-May-2013 07:31 am (UTC)
the custom content + sliders help a lot. i can't even play sims 2 seriously because they are ugly as sin (and have barbie-esque limbs, idk how to explain it)

here is an example of sims that aren't hideous in my opinion
vervain 8th-May-2013 07:39 am (UTC)
idt sims 3 sims are that ugly at all
britneys 8th-May-2013 07:47 am (UTC)
idk I have some pretty beautiful sims. They were all pretty mushy looking when the game first came out, but you can make some great sims with great CC.
hoot 8th-May-2013 12:12 pm (UTC)
I actually have no problem building attractive sims, but their children are ugly 100% of the time. There's no way to make a sim that will have attractive babies.
milkradio 8th-May-2013 01:47 pm (UTC)
ia. I downloaded a bunch of extra sliders to make mine look better. They still look like they fit in the sims series (not like some of those freaky, hyper-realisitic, and/or anime style some people like...), but they're not so pudding-faced.
glasstictac 8th-May-2013 01:49 pm (UTC)
I think it's possible to make much better looking sims, like here. You need silders like what's been mentioned, but I think they're far more dimensional than what is possible in the sims 2.
loverelapse 8th-May-2013 05:46 pm (UTC)
it's easy to make pretty sims in sims 3, but fuck i'd like more hair options.
lanavis 8th-May-2013 06:27 am (UTC)
I'm sticking with sims 3 for the foreseeable future.
frozenink 8th-May-2013 06:31 am (UTC)
Oh my god, so much this.

No matter how much time I spend on my sims, they all turn out to be butterfaces.
alanadelrey 8th-May-2013 06:33 am (UTC)
Ugh I hope they seriously fix the design of the sims
euphaeidae 8th-May-2013 06:51 am (UTC)
I'm still playing 2 because the sims 3 sims I made looked like dough people.
laurasue 8th-May-2013 06:29 am (UTC)
My computer can't even handle the Sims 3. -_- I need a new one.
alanadelrey 8th-May-2013 06:31 am (UTC)
Lol when I bought my computer I made sure it surpassed the minimum requirements for the sims 3 and it still shuts itself off from overheating all the time. I had to install a mod that automatically saved my game every 10 minutes and buy a chill mat.
shanrina 8th-May-2013 08:02 am (UTC)
Which mod is that? Is it this one?
andres01234 8th-May-2013 02:23 pm (UTC)
oooh, what mod? and do you have to wait for the whole regular saving thing where it takes like 2 minutes?
megustaelmoney 8th-May-2013 06:41 am (UTC)
rlmoonyk 8th-May-2013 06:29 am (UTC)
"A: The Sims has always been about the fans."

lala_vava 8th-May-2013 06:30 am (UTC)
glasstictac 8th-May-2013 01:52 pm (UTC)
I know. What part of their buggy, incomplete game with hundreds of dollars of "side" content makes it about the fans? BS.
alanadelrey 8th-May-2013 06:29 am (UTC)
We are working to make the game accessible to as many players as possible.
I find this hard to believe.
miss_almost 8th-May-2013 06:49 am (UTC)
MTE. after their shitty buggy stuff for mac users and no support...not going to hold my breath.
devourlove 8th-May-2013 12:44 pm (UTC)
right? this lie. pets wasn't even accessible to as many players as possible
milkradio 8th-May-2013 01:49 pm (UTC)
The optimistic part of me is really hoping they're learning from The Sims 3 about how shitty they've been about putting out buggy games that need a zillion patches and how they've been frustrating Mac users by giving them games that get fucked up really easily, but... idk. I am on my guard now >:(
frozenink 8th-May-2013 06:30 am (UTC)
I would say that I am thankful that they at least seem to be learning about the flop that was Sim City 4, but I don't think I will be holding my breath.

I am just waiting for them to fuck up this release, somehow, someway.

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wigsnatcher 8th-May-2013 06:32 am (UTC)
lol that's not even sims
sugarspice101 8th-May-2013 12:35 pm (UTC)
The gif? What's it from?
chimbleysweep 8th-May-2013 06:30 am (UTC)
I am deeply frightened about what this one will be like.

I love Sims 3 but mannn they jacked shit up.

I did enjoy this random glitch that appeared one day.

Edited at 2013-05-08 06:34 am (UTC)
scared_money 8th-May-2013 06:37 am (UTC)
I love it lol
lathwen1 8th-May-2013 06:44 am (UTC)
lol what is that?
chimbleysweep 8th-May-2013 06:46 am (UTC)
Some old lady walking up the stairs and she'd randomly shrink, then go back to normal, then shrink, then go back to normal. I was like whoa we are leaving this party immediately.
goreplz 8th-May-2013 07:52 am (UTC)
Oh God I got that glitch once. I got it from aging my sim up via going into Edit Create a Sim or whatever. It was too much.
hoot 8th-May-2013 12:14 pm (UTC)
omg now I'm going to hope someone makes a mod that lets you make tiny people.
ukbedeviled 8th-May-2013 01:05 pm (UTC)
Right after the last update a Sims in my town Monte Vista looked like this, so I just killed him off, he was an elder anyway.
milkradio 8th-May-2013 01:50 pm (UTC)
OMG THIS HAPPENED TO MINE ONCE. They way they ~sauntered~ was so creepy too... D:
sully 8th-May-2013 02:12 pm (UTC)
omg i've noticed a lot of people having this glitch recently. is it the result of university or something?
andres01234 8th-May-2013 02:25 pm (UTC)
I've had this happen, specially with pets when I use the testingcheatsenabled thingy to age them up
electraxheart 8th-May-2013 06:32 am (UTC)
Once I heard no persistant online connection I got excited for this. I really love how, based off the image, the new sims look like updated Sims 2 sims!
alanadelrey 8th-May-2013 06:35 am (UTC)
Oh I just looked for the image you're talking about, ia, I really hope they go for an updated sims 2 look.
electraxheart 8th-May-2013 06:37 am (UTC)
I've gotten used to the Sims 3 sims but ugh I think they tried to make the game TOO REAL and it took away the fun of it. The Sims 2 overall just looked perfect imo.
milkradio 8th-May-2013 01:51 pm (UTC)
iawtc! I've grown to like The Sims 3's style of sims (although I edit mine a lot and added lots of sliders to make them less fug) and now The Sims 2 look kind of stiff, but oh man I had some ADORABLE sims in The Sims 2, even without using much custom content. I really like how these eyes look in this tiny preview, lol.
loverelapse 8th-May-2013 05:51 pm (UTC)
right? sometimes when my wi-fi goes shitty, i kill time playing sims.
isntdaveone 8th-May-2013 06:32 am (UTC)

pretty_hostel 8th-May-2013 06:39 am (UTC)
holy balls the time and effort that went into that o_o
turkish_popstar 8th-May-2013 07:11 am (UTC)
warriorholmes 8th-May-2013 07:32 am (UTC)
Holy shit someone has a lot of time on their hands

Because that was amazingly done...
youcanhaveit 11th-May-2013 06:58 pm (UTC)

What is this even ... who has this much TIME ...
nene718 8th-May-2013 06:32 am (UTC)
torrent it and stop giving these assholes money
miss_almost 8th-May-2013 06:50 am (UTC)
barnumeffect 8th-May-2013 07:15 am (UTC)
socrazysexycool 8th-May-2013 07:52 am (UTC)
where do you go to torrent the sims? is it okay to ask this... lol. i have the sims 3 but i lost my disc and don't want to buy another one incase it shows up again.
patoplastico 8th-May-2013 12:11 pm (UTC)
If you've the serial code, you can redeem it on origin.
mjspice 8th-May-2013 08:08 am (UTC)
LOL this.
fourplusthree 8th-May-2013 08:49 am (UTC)
andres01234 8th-May-2013 02:29 pm (UTC)
what I've been doing forever. I played ALL Sims games (minus 3 or 4 shitty packs) and never paid a single cent
youbeboy 8th-May-2013 03:33 pm (UTC)
Seriously. I think I have everything they've released except for the Outdoor & Katy Perry SPs and I haven't paid a dime.
ahota84 8th-May-2013 06:32 am (UTC)
why buy sims 4 when you have sims free play?
shanrina 8th-May-2013 08:04 am (UTC)
OMG THIS. That was SUCH a huge disappointment for me.

I also have yet to successfully have a Sim die from fire. I've tried locking them in the kitchen and causing a fire. I've tried lighting them on fire with magic. I just don't understand why they won't die lol.

At least I have NRAAS Story Progression to fulfill my random death needs.
andres01234 8th-May-2013 02:32 pm (UTC)
have you tried having them fix/improve an electric object with no repair/handy ability (I don't know how it's called in english) with no fire alarm and no un-burnable house reward?
ellenelles 8th-May-2013 02:30 pm (UTC)
is that what you have to do? i tried drowning them but they always got out

/not a psychopath
neverhft 8th-May-2013 06:34 am (UTC)
The better question is will the sims 4 not lag like a bitch...
myharu 8th-May-2013 06:40 am (UTC)
I really think that depends on your computer Sims 3 didn't lag for me until installed pets which was my 5 expansion installed because I bought a new laptop with good specs when TS3 came out. Unfortunately the newer expansions are more demanding.
vervain 8th-May-2013 09:33 am (UTC)
sims 3 never lags for me since i upgraded my ram
milkradio 8th-May-2013 01:54 pm (UTC)
Do you have lots of custom content? Apparently the game can only handle a certain number of .package files if you use mods, so if you have zillions of them, you might consider trying to merge them together (as long as you don't have ones that clash or that aren't corrupted... don't merge those lol).
myharu 8th-May-2013 06:34 am (UTC)
I just hope it's CC friendly. I need my 1980980980909 hair package files despite the fact I used the same 3 when creating sims. You never know.
euphaeidae 8th-May-2013 06:37 am (UTC)
yes, and my 56,000,000 sofas even though I decorate most every house the same way...
myharu 8th-May-2013 06:42 am (UTC)
exactly and let's not forget the several nursery sets even though I age my baby sims as soon they pop out of the uterus
crystalzelda 8th-May-2013 07:29 am (UTC)
lol true that
youbeboy 8th-May-2013 03:35 pm (UTC)
lol where is the lie
tundrabeast 8th-May-2013 01:41 pm (UTC)
god yes

or maybe

attractive and stylistically consistent original content?????????
milkradio 8th-May-2013 01:55 pm (UTC)
ia, although I'd also love it if the base game's hair and clothes weren't HIDEOUS. I never, ever dress my sims in base game stuff. It's so ugly and not in a "haha, oh you sims and your weird fashion!" kind of way either. It's just... ugly stuff. At least some of the EPs had genuinely nice stuff!
loverelapse 8th-May-2013 06:02 pm (UTC)
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