EA details The Sims 3 Store

Publisher unveils SimPoints currency system, microtransactions, community features in lead-up to PC, Mac, iPhone, mobile launch June 2.

A crucial element to the Sims franchise's success has been its emphasis on user-generated content that can be quickly and easily disseminated to the game's massive community of players. And as the game's June 2 launch on the PC, Mac, iPhone, iPod Touch, and other mobile devices creeps ever closer, the publisher today took the lid off of the suite of community features that gamers can expect to find in The Sims 3.

Here's what everyone else sees.

Of note, EA revealed its plans for The Sims 3 Store, where players will be able to purchase items for use in the game. When the life simulator launches, those who register the game through TheSims3.com will automatically receive $10 in the virtual SimPoints currency, which can be spent on items ranging from in-game furniture to clothing. Players will be able to purchase additional SimPoints in denominations of 500-, 1,000-, and 2,000-point packages. According to EA, 1,000 SimPoints will cost $10, plus applicable tax.

EA also said that those who purchase the PC or Mac edition of The Sims 3 will be able to download a second town--Riverview--at launch. The town will be available through the game's aforementioned Web site, and EA has confirmed that it will be a free download. EA promised that the Sims 3 Web site will also serve as a hub for players to connect outside the game, offering personalized information and ways to share user-generated content.

The publisher also detailed The Sims 3 Game Launcher, which will let players access the in-game store and exchange platform when they load up the title. The menu lets players track downloads, uploads, and game updates, while also serving as a news hub that offers such information as new items added to the store.

For more on what's new, check out GameSpot's recent preview of The Sims 3.

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fred1102
fred1102

Problem is, what whey take millions from game, and whant milions from 1-2 mb every day!!))) damn...

Narakusmiasma
Narakusmiasma

Great. It's a pay site for content. Which I never liked the idea of. It feels like a jab for my pocket and I'm not happy about it.

Katoran
Katoran

For those who think that the new online store will be better than the Stuff Packs - it will, but only if you just want one or two things. I went through the store, and added up the Sims Points that would be required to get all the items from one of the Stuff Packs they've ported over. At the current purchase price for Sim Points, getting all the items from one $20 Stuff Pack would cost just under $100 dollars.

SketchyGalore
SketchyGalore

It seems like they're trying to replace the "stuff" packs with this system and, frankly, I'm all for that. Say what you will about Sims expansions, but they nearly always seemed worth the money, adding new features and activities to the game in addition to new items. Stuff packs, on the other hand, always felt like a rediculous grab at my wallet, or, in the case of "Ikea Stuff", an even more rediculous method of ad-placement. As long as they keep up with normal expansion packs (which I figure is practically inevitable), and 3rd party user generated content is still possible, I'd be perfectly happy to drop a dollar on a couple cool chairs and a TV for my game.

greater_bird
greater_bird

GAH!! Microtransactions will invariably become an even more expensive way to get new things into your game - as if they haven't already mastered the art of giving less and less with expansion packs while charging the same amount. :-(

TXMostWanted
TXMostWanted

Awesome! As much as the expansion packs were cool, just having the choice of what you ACTUALLY WANT to take up your hard drive is an instant bonus

jackomagic
jackomagic

I thought they were going this way with the Sims 2 as they seemed to make all the stuff packs available to purchase from an online store so it was only a matter of time before that was true with the Sims 3. Its kinda useful in the way as you can avoid all the craptacular content that you didn't want to buy in the aforementioned stuff pack but its all dependant on how much the chair or bed (Woohoo construct as I like to call it) might cost in terms of sim points. There were so much of the extra content I skipped anyway, won't bother me. Why flap your fingers about it?!

mrs_meanie0
mrs_meanie0

and why won't you but sims 3?i mean,if the problem is that we can buy new things on the internet with 10$,what?who wants to buy,will buy,who don't want,won't buy.easy. :)

mrs_meanie0
mrs_meanie0

hei,please tell me if the PC or Mac edition of sims 3 that in which we can download the new town is the same thing as the sims 3.i mean,if they're 2 diferent games.know what i mean?

Dannipulsa
Dannipulsa

:p i was thinking "for 1s ill BUY a EA game," now not so much. Arrrr, OH SHI- brb FBI

BloodEagles1717
BloodEagles1717

This sounds like it's going to restrict modding. That's not good.

TheDefender221
TheDefender221

there is a very simple answer if you want to play this but don't want to spend money on fake things. Just don't. If this game really has the ability to customize everything, then who needs to pay money for what you can make yourself?

missonrs
missonrs

i'm not buying any sims game if it involves half the crap that could be in the game, be in the "store" where you pay twice the price.

seb_withers
seb_withers

Are there any screen shots of the new town anywhere???????

DoomBlast
DoomBlast

I HATE microtransactions of any sorts in any game. Now I can sense they are soon going to put boundaries on the custom content we can make just to suck more money away from people. It's funny how they talk as if everyone had something to gain with this "feature".

buvel
buvel

the sims really have become the biggest rip-off in the game industry. Do they expect us to buy furniture for multiple dollars a piece? I used to enjoy myself with the sims but i'm definitely not going to buy sims 3!

Mr_Versipellis
Mr_Versipellis

Geez, this is jut taking advantage of young girls who can't understand what the true value of things are. $10 is fine for some multiplayer maps or episodic levels, but for what will probably be 2 new chairs... Rip off! Well, at least there's no DRM crap like in Spore... It's a fair price to pay, I say.

jediryan123
jediryan123

People you don't have to pay for anything on the store, its optional. EA has included NO DRM in the sims 3 hoping that it will stop piracy. IF you pirate the sims 3 and they lose sales I can assure you the sims 4 will have drm.

dimsey
dimsey

Lotta people kicking up a fuss over nothing, as usual. If you don't want to pay then don't and just use the usually superior, community made stuff.

sircyrus
sircyrus

The Sims series has got to be the most money-grubby game series ever created. While I don't condone people stealing software, this is the kind of thing that drives people to do it. The "microtransactions" are ridiculous for The Sims series. With Sims 2 it was like $2-3 just for a new flippin' chair. Retarded.

Pilch_R_eD
Pilch_R_eD

So basically. They are withholding a crap load of content they have already made for the game that could easily be on the installation disc. But they are putting it on an online store for in game micro transactions to make you pay an extra $20 to have what should rightfully be in the bloody game + whatever other crappy stuff they continue to make + expansions packs + stuff packs + backpacks, med packs, ice packs, service packs, travel packs, rat packs and crack packs.......... I was looking forward to this game. I was planning on buying it when it was going to come out in February this year, and then waiting for it when it got pushed back. But as a customer, and loyal gamer / consumer, I have a limit of how much disgusting greed I can handle. Screw you EA, and take your little game with you.

yachtboy
yachtboy

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Hoops0123
Hoops0123

One day EA will try to rule the world like Goldmember from Austin powers tried. With GOOOOOLLLLD!

Pete5506
Pete5506

I want the game but I don't want to spend money to get fake things

Owner34
Owner34

Im sorry but I'm just not going to spend actual money so I can own some cool looking pixels to put in my 3d house.

Sharpie125
Sharpie125

"Riverview" ... :o Just wanted to throw out there... Riverview is the name of a Mental Hospital in my city. That'll be a fun neighbourhood.

cyborgbill
cyborgbill

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ryan-man
ryan-man

-Should i decorate my own home with real money and furniture or -Should i spend real money on fake furniture WTF ea not this sh it again. I've bought previous versions but i"ll skip Sims 3 for now(forever)

Gruug
Gruug

Microtransactions....no thank you. I had considered purchasing Sims 3 but now I will go elsewhere. Why is it that EA continues to disappoint?

robfield
robfield

They are selling Sims users things that use to be free. Aren't expansion packs enough?

prioritymail
prioritymail

Microtransactions are slowly killing us all...

budski107
budski107

don't mods give u basically the same thing plus being free???? microtransactions = two thumbs down and a fart !!!!!! *faaaaaaarrrtttt*

DrHappy
DrHappy

Ehhgghh. Don't want to talk about the points thing, too dissapointing. Nonetheless, I am glad that we get a free second town, one town was never enough. XD

-HaloHitman-
-HaloHitman-

The only thing that can make them money, is making the expansion packs.

dapcnut
dapcnut

What will EA think of next to get more money out of you ? Expansion packs and Stuff Packs not enough, Now there will be a Microtransactions. WTF EA.

VenomRitual
VenomRitual

ughh EA you're going to have another spore on your hands.

caketoo
caketoo

Reatil price can never be enough for these capitalist pigs. Acessories and add ons is where the money is at. Remeber how my snes came with 2 controllers and a game all for 150$. ah memories

viewtiful_jay
viewtiful_jay

Okay wait. Just to clarify, is the stuff in the Sims store going to be Maxis/EA made stuff, or user created stuff? If so, a giant F you to EA. I am pretty damn picky about microtransactions - I'll buy stuff if it's something that actually adds depth to the game, is well made, and reasonably priced. But I draw the line at paying for user generated content. UNLESS the people who create the content benefit from it in some way.

beardmoen
beardmoen

Why not reward players that create items that are frequently downloaded? Maybe you could earn points for every time someone downloads the kitchen set you designed? They sure do know how to milk this game to death for every penny.

paullywog
paullywog

i don't buy microtransactions out of principle. if they want to have them, fine, but don't skimp out on content on the original release to justify doing so. that's why i was so upset with spore. i bought the game, noticed a dearth of customizable parts for the kind of game it was, and whattya know, a few months later there was an overpriced expansion pack.

angelkadaj
angelkadaj

so they want more money. well, I'm not giving my money

Oni
Oni

I can't wait for the day when we buy games that are empty and we get to purchase all the content for it through microtransactions.

SoreBastard
SoreBastard

great! Virtual crap i can spend my real money on. pass!

colo734
colo734

Whatever happened to developers giving away free content? Isn't the $50+plus all the expansion packs I pay you enough?!?!?

parrot_of_adun
parrot_of_adun

All these "stores" are just ridiculous. Even if I planned on getting this game, I sure as hell wouldn't pay nearly as much as the original price just to get a few ingame items. It's no better than horse armor if you ask me.

Fandangle
Fandangle

I'm sure some ppl will be willing to pay for content. However I won't be. I just hope we can d/l user generated content for free both from the official page and 3rd party sites.

nappan
nappan

The funny thing here, is that this is the PERFECT game, with the perfect addicted audience to s***w over with this kind of nickle&diming. I would feel badly for the victims... but hey, you're PAYING for virtual goods... have fun with that.