The Sims 4 Premium Service Spotted in Lengthy New Gameplay Video

EA may offer a Battlefield Premium-esque service for the newest game in the Sims series.

A lengthy new gameplay video released today showing off The Sims 4 has revealed Electronic Arts has plans for something called The Sims 4 Premium, a service that includes early access to new content.

When entering the gallery (an in-game area where you can download content created by other Sims players), an advertisement for The Sims 4 Premium is briefly seen on-screen (via Eurogamer). Below the Premium name, the following text is displayed: "Become a Premium member to get early access to 3 new packs, with exclusive items. Your Sims can throw a spooky costume party, camp in the great outdoors, and toast to the new year in style."

Given the name, the comparison that immediately comes to mind is the Battlefield Premium service. In that case, a one-time $50 fee gets you early access to all of the downloadable content released for the current Battlefield game, as well as exclusive in-game items and cosmetic options. For gamers who would buy all of the DLC individually, the $50 price presents a discount.

Beyond what's mentioned in the description above, we don't yet know precisely what The Sims 4 Premium will offer, as EA has yet to formally announce it. We've contacted the company for more information and will report back with anything we learn.

The gameplay video released today, which clocks in at 20 minutes in length, is the video Sims developer Maxis promised recently when it tried to explain the absence of toddlers and pools in the "base game." When it was revealed that both of those things had been omitted (after being included in past games), fans became concerned with the prospect of The Sims 4 being flooded with DLC and expansion packs. Maxis explained that those things had to be cut in order to provide it with the time and resources needed to implement new technology that makes The Sims 4 "a completely new game."

The existence of a Premium service will no doubt upset some fans of the series. However, without knowing pricing details or what it includes, it's possible it could actually be a preferable option to the way expansions have been handled in past games.

The Sims 4 is scheduled for release on September 2. Is there anything Premium could offer that would get you interested in buying it? Let us know in the comments.

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mordeaniis
mordeaniis

Considering how much the DLC usually costs all together, if it works the same as with BF that would be an excellent deal more likely than not.

Why people are pissed off about this is beyond me. You guys are freaking ridiculous. You have to pay for shit. If they are willing to give you a hot deal on what you'll already pay for, that's good for everyone.

Baraq
Baraq

Down with EA! Indie gaming is the future. All knees will bow. 

grin89
grin89

lol @kim jong being in the video. does getting the premium mean i will get all the expansions for free?

nickske1
nickske1

And then they start to wonder why people are pirating their games...

tasteslikepanda
tasteslikepanda

Same as with Sims 3, only probably getting the original game maybe 1 or 2 DLC's which I will find interesting AFTER they go down in price... 

uninspiredcup
uninspiredcup

Overpriced by about 200% of Origin? Checl


Stripped content? Check.


Dumbed down? Check.


Preorder DLC? Check.


Microtransactions? Check.


And EA wonder how they became worst company in America twice. Derp.

Klyern
Klyern

EA I got something to say about your simulation game that has been bothering me since sims 1


Contractors dont work that fast -_-

Also they dont always work that well... or at the same constant prices.

Joke aside, im glad now you can move rooms, but things just dont feel as hot as they used to back in sims 1, not much feels fresh anymore.

david_angle
david_angle

EA: "Oh yes. Please pay for this game. But if you pay AGAIN for the PREMIUM version we'll rob your money and the sense of you actually 'owning' this game."

munlyn
munlyn

I will ignore the fighting and suggest there will be an option to turn off  the hysterical death.

jmoney5555
jmoney5555

I find a lot of these comments funny to read with all the hate they put into them, some people do like these games and buy them without all of the dlc! It's not impossible not to buy the dlc

jmoney5555
jmoney5555

I have no problem with the sports games but with the sims there are a lot of problems with dlc, way to much money, I'm gonna buy it buy not gonna buy the dlc.

johnlewis107
johnlewis107

I still don't see how this is an improvement over Sims 3

PETERAKO
PETERAKO

so, another barebone base game for selling DLC then?


PS: thats how sims 3 felt like.

ginobili1
ginobili1

Whoa! those fake 'Oh our game is so awesome' moments were so... weird. Anyhoo, I'll wait it out and see how it turns out to be. Looks interesting, but if it is botched like other recent EA games, then I'll probably skip for a year or more.

Faye_Tallity
Faye_Tallity

There's no greater discount then including everything in the game day 1, I save $50. This was so staged & rehearsed. My last Sims game crashed on me repeatedly (Sims 3 on PC) I'm not gonna do this to my new Mac. There's no way in hell, I'm buying this. 

Hurvl
Hurvl

"the $50 price presents a discount" It would be one hell of a discount if you could get all the DLC for the current Sims game for only 50 dollars. Sims 3 costs 40 euros on Steam and all the DLC combined costs 550 euro.

Morphine_OD
Morphine_OD

The further it goes, the more cartoonish it is. Pfff

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

According to all developers working on the project, The Sims 4 is a train wreck.  EA is more concerned with how much money they can fleece from fools than making a better game than Sims 2 or 3.


Don't buy this trash.  Don't buy anything from EA.

yoda101280
yoda101280

My issue with this practice is I don't like pre-paying for something that might suck.  Devs are all too happy to release garbage add-ons/dlc and call it content and if you've already bought it in some "season pass" you no longer have the option to pass on it.  But on the off chance you do end up buying them all now you've just paid an extra 10 bucks or so b/c you didn't get the package early.


Lattata
Lattata

Lets turn a Simulation Game into an MMO business model, because the gamers asked for it! = EA Logic

The_evil_Nemesi
The_evil_Nemesi

I hate this business model, and I still haven't swallowed DLC (Especially day one's). I still haven't forgotten the time when there was little to no DRM except a cd-key.  Why the fuck are these kind of things around now and are generally accepted by most people?


saturatedbutter
saturatedbutter

Don't you love that business model? Making extra content nobody asked for before the game's release so you can sell it for more. DLC was nice when it was create because of consumer demand. Now they don't care if you ask for it, they're going to make it and wave it in front of your face immediately after release.

RedLegZeff
RedLegZeff

EA is easily one of the most vital companies in the video game industry today. I mean, it makes it so much easier to explain what to do for a company by using EA as a shining example. You say, "see what EA is doing? DON'T DO THAT." And that's all video game companies need to know.

brunod_f
brunod_f

Pay this much and your sims can do this, pay that much and your sims can do that, bla bla bla. I'm not paying s**t for any of this EA useless junk extra content. I remember my TS3 had almost 40 GB of content/expansion packs which i rarely used or enjoyed it. Its just not worth it.

cirugo
cirugo

lol...you have been warned people.

Battleseed
Battleseed

They removed swimming pools and toddlers so they can be sold as DLC. I can't say I blame them with all the idiot gamers willing to shell out money in Sims 3 for useless hair and furniture DLCs.

vampiricxx
vampiricxx

I remember when id buy a game and it was complete. I didnt even have internet so not even patches, but games were rarely that buggy and 40 dollars (at the time) bought me months of awesome times. This new crap is just ridiculous

spikepigeo
spikepigeo

My new fridge cost a thousand bucks. Not 500, then 500 later for the crisper. That's how commerce works, EA, ya dumb f**ks. 


Just tell us how much your (frankly, asinine looking) game costs up front. 500? 600? Quit treating us like morons.


Speaking of morons... please stop giving EA money, guys.

domxnik
domxnik

If it's anything like the Battlefield premium service, then it won't be worth it.

summersgod
summersgod

IS there swimming pools in the premium service? 

emptycupofgames
emptycupofgames

God... it's still so unrealistic.... they're chilling at the park and one guy just starts doing push ups and the other guy doesn't walk away and act like he doesn't know him. 

mordeaniis
mordeaniis

@david_angle You don't have to get the DLC if you don't want to. But if you want it, you gotta pay for it. Just because you buy dinner doesn't mean desert should be free. 

This is just a way for people to get a much better deal on the DLC than they normally would, and to get early access to it. For people who want it, it's a good thing to have as an option.

cjtopspin
cjtopspin

@jmoney5555 I think the theme of the issue most people are having is that the DLC content should already be a part of the game.  Paying $60 for a basic engine and $10 bucks for multiple DLC packages to make the game "whole" has a feeling of dirtiness to it.


And we honestly don't know if this will actually be the issue but after looking at EAs track record...we are making an educated guess.

michelecha
michelecha

@Morphine_OD I feel like the new furniture and crap looks like a nice texture pack on minecraft.

newhalo123
newhalo123

@Thanatos2k I never was gonna buy it. Was gonna pirate it the whole time. 

Pirates are free!


Hell, this game might not even be worth pirating... But, I will pirate it and see.

bloody-hell
bloody-hell

@Thanatos2k  Not sure if you have a source on that, but by now it should be blatantly obvious to even the most die-hard EA believer that all EA cares about is making as much money as possible while sh*tting on their customers and not giving a single fart about their games. (since about 2003)

Add to that the constant milking, microtransactions, cut content / DLC and Origin DRM requirement and I wonder why they are still in business - people can't be that dumb to keep putting up with that, can they ?

I also wonder why EA still has studios with developers working for them, those must be pretty desperate corporate sheep too.

silverpython
silverpython

@saturatedbutter  It's actually the opposite. They leave stuff out (ie Sims 3), so you pay more to get what should have been in the game to begin with. Sims 4 may be using this as a carrot. When you pay the extra $50 or so, this content may not be what you want or are expecting.

This all said, I'll probably take their bait!

ginobili1
ginobili1

@saturatedbutter Not to mention that they will tie in achievements and all the gameplay enhancements to that DLC so that you have more "incentives" to buy!

bloody-hell
bloody-hell

@RedLegZeff It's also nice of them that they keep all the crap games with their abysmal monetisation schemes locked behind their unlikable Origin DRM, this makes it very easy and convenient for me to just ignore them as a whole and not buy anything from them.

UbiSoft is a close second with their annoying uPlay DRM that never works.

notorious98
notorious98

@cjtopspin Honestly, the DLC will probably replace the "Stuff" "expansion packs".  As long as that's the case, I have no problem with this model.  Expansion packs should have been used to introduce new game mechanics (pets, kids, seasons, etc.)

bloody-hell
bloody-hell

@Thanatos2k Thanks, this was a pretty entertaining read too.

The working conditions in EA owned studios sound just like I imagined them and by the looks of it this game will fail pretty hard when it's released.

With so many limitations and broken and missing features I don't see many people buying into that.