EA Gives The Sims 4 Players Special Items for Owning The Sims 3 and Its Expansions

You'll get one reward per game or expansion, and an extra one if you own all 12.

Sims fans who plan on picking up The Sims 4 will be entitled to a variety of special in-game rewards, provided they own The Sims 3 or its expansions.

The newly announced Sims 4 Rewards program will give you one in-game item per Sims 3 expansion you own, as well as one for the base game itself. Each of these items is a different-colored lamp in the shape of the Sims logo that will "affect your Sims' emotions and personalities in a unique way."

There were 11 expansion packs released for The Sims 3, meaning there are 12 lamps to collect in all. Should you be enough of a fanatic to own the full dozen--I, myself, will have to make do with two measly lamps--you'll get a bonus reward in the form of the "Ultimate Freezer Bunny award."

To receive your rewards, you need to have either purchased the game or expansion through Origin, or registered it through the official website. Once you've done so, visit the rewards page and the corresponding items will unlock so that they are available in the Build Mode catalog in The Sims 4. You have until December 31, 2015 to claim your rewards.

Sims' emotions are a point of emphasis in The Sims 4. The focus on this aspect of the game is one of the reasons cited for the lack of toddlers and pools, which have been a major point of criticism among fans. Further fueling complaints from fans is the prospect of a Battlefield Premium-esque service that EA may plan on offering.

The Sims 4 is scheduled for release on September 2. EA recently announced its system requirements, which you can view here.

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57 comments
UberZano
UberZano

If maxis leave EA and go for backer pledge system, i would pledge in a heart beat, but now i will just pirate the game EA needs to go away. i'm tired of big companies screwing me and everyone else over.

skotj1979
skotj1979

Does EA really think anyone is going to buy this? After the last attempt at Simcity...


Signal2Noise
Signal2Noise

Woohoo! I qualify for all lamps + the bunny bonus!

On second thought that's pretty sad.

Anigmar
Anigmar

All right let's say I like the green one for the colour. I place it on a table next to the couch and invite some bros to watch a football game. Now let's say the emotion it inspires is 'flirtous'. Are my bros start making out with each other just cause of the lamp?

grimlord_xvii
grimlord_xvii

Someone better code a shovel into The SIms 4, because it has some hole to dig itself out of.


Grodoboldo
Grodoboldo

What a coincidence EA, I reciprocate and also like to give something to your games: the finger.

RedLegZeff
RedLegZeff

So if you spent 600 dollars on their last game, they'll give you a couple minor items that don't effect the game much that they cut out of the game before launch. It's nice to know there are some things you can count on to never change. Thank you EA, for always being there, to always try to rip us off and insult us in a roundabout manner.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

But you won't get the features they've cut out of the game.

jedinortd_basic
jedinortd_basic

The sims 4 should contain EVERY past feature without us having to buy the expansions again PLUS new content. If I have to buy the same expansion for the same features like the past games, then I'm done. I'll just stick with sims 3. Oh! I also want to be able to see and interact inside EVERY building, not just wait outside while my sim goes in. I've always hated that.

johnlewis107
johnlewis107

Are they really all just different colors of the same ugly lamp? This is the worst loyalty reward I have ever heard of.

mxpower
mxpower

To say my co-workers will be impressed when I bring them over to see these lamps is the understatement of the year. 

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Can the items we get for supporting the game be things that have been in game since the first one like toddlers and pools?! Because then I probably might care!!!!!


It's like paying $60 for a game you don't really own but for $400 now!!!

Cellpwn
Cellpwn

I'm not saying I'm going to pirate the SIms 4, but I'm going to pirate the Sims 4.

brunod_f
brunod_f

They should give TS3 owners a discount in TS4 purchase for having it. I mean... to compensate for them to have payed so much for it, and still have a very broken game full of bugs, almost making it unplayable. But nooo... they gives us freaking useless lamps instead.

gullgullgull
gullgullgull

I bought the base game, which became more and more broken as updates were released for its overpriced expansions. Sims is a series where the games have less and less content in the base games so they can sell it to you later. No pools, no toddlers, just a $800 statue. Perfect series to borrow online, with all expansions and store content.

hobotech64
hobotech64

You'd think with all their hat money they'd actually use it to fix their stupid game, but no, this is EA.  Sims 3 is the most broken $400 game ever.  Now they're gonna abandon it so that you could have a stupid rabbit statue in the $60 sequel.

simsumre
simsumre

For only $799 you can own the Sims 3 + all 12 expansions, item packs, micro-transactions and Katy Perry packs! Oh boy EA, what a deal. Let me pull out my wallet right now so I can get some in game item!

therealzorvan
therealzorvan

I own the base game and two expansions. So 3 lamps for me. At least until Sims 3 Ultimate Collection for free is released as the Sims 2 was ( I never even bought anything Sims 2, thanks for the freebies!). Bad move EAware. Now instead of buying the expansions for Sims 3 at various sales as they come up, I will put no more money into Sims 3 as I know you'll eventually give it to me for free. Hmm, now do I want to hold out for 15 years or so and then get the Sims 4 completely free as well? Hmmm, I could see that working out just fine actually.

chisei_fuuma
chisei_fuuma

It seems EA trying very hard to monetize their old games indeed

BrunoBRS
BrunoBRS

does it include a pool? :P

Wrathesoul
Wrathesoul

Not touching anything EA have not from back when the last EA game I bought was Dead Space 2.. I will not buy this game unless it is a totally 100% done with zero and I mean ZERO microtransactions and NO premium service BS just a game that is done and isn't SimCity buggy and only pay one price for the finished game no leaving out this or that to milk gamers for more money no on disc dlc BS no EA typical greed involved. I truly detest EA and have from around 1/2 life of the ps3/xbox 360's life. If they don't do any of the above mentioned I might try to not hate their existence as much but that isn't likely its EA Greed after all and they wont change for the better.

grimlord_xvii
grimlord_xvii

So now the people who have money to throw away will want the new stuff and just buy all of the expansion packs for the game they won't play because they have 4,,, I got the Sims 2 Ultimate Collection last week. This is all I will need until EA releases some kind of virus that corrupts all older copies of a series...

ECH71
ECH71

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I don't care for emotions. I want it for the architectural aspect. I want to build, damn it.

keeper262
keeper262

I accidentally got drunk one night and spent 80$ on expansions. Don't play Sims 3 drunk.

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

After how crap the game was in general there was no way I was touching the endless amounts of DLC!

catsimboy
catsimboy

At least they're limiting it to expansion packs and aren't including all the "stuff" packs. There's 9 of those friggin' things.

Saidrex
Saidrex

M.oron of the year award for everyone who wasted 600$ (double that if you bought the game and expansions in "day 1") on this game.

mxpower
mxpower

Sweet. Sounds well worth the $300+ you spent to get all 12 of them.  

Anigmar
Anigmar

I'll get the 12 lamps, and will place them next to the pool so my toddler doesn't fall... Wait, there're no pools or toddlers.

korvus
korvus

@jedinortd_basic On the bright side, if you do get The Sims 4 and the 20 expansions they will release until it's on par with what we had on TS3, by the time TS5 comes around you will be rewarded with exclusive wallpapers!

sonyonly4
sonyonly4

@brunod_f Good luck with that all we got for betafield 4 was some Handguns and battlepacks simple solution ? Don't buy the sequels until they fixed but hey people won't do that because they are cowards and accept that EA r.ape. 

Talyab
Talyab

@grimlord_xvii They can't buy them all. One expansion was retired due to uselessness and disinterest.

Anigmar
Anigmar

@Saidrex I wanna thank my family and friends for their support in getting this award.