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.
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.
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.
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 $100 dollars.
It seems like they're trying to replace the "stuff" packs with this system and, frankly, I'm all for that. Say what you will about Sims expansions, but they nearly always seemed worth the money, adding new features and activities to the game in addition to new items. Stuff packs, on the other hand, always felt like a rediculous grab at my wallet, or, in the case of "Ikea Stuff", an even more rediculous method of ad-placement. As long as they keep up with normal expansion packs (which I figure is practically inevitable), and 3rd party user generated content is still possible, I'd be perfectly happy to drop a dollar on a couple cool chairs and a TV for my game.
GAH!! Microtransactions will invariably become an even more expensive way to get new things into your game - as if they haven't already mastered the art of giving less and less with expansion packs while charging the same amount. :-(
Awesome! As much as the expansion packs were cool, just having the choice of what you ACTUALLY WANT to take up your hard drive is an instant bonus
I thought they were going this way with the Sims 2 as they seemed to make all the stuff packs available to purchase from an online store so it was only a matter of time before that was true with the Sims 3. Its kinda useful in the way as you can avoid all the craptacular content that you didn't want to buy in the aforementioned stuff pack but its all dependant on how much the chair or bed (Woohoo construct as I like to call it) might cost in terms of sim points. There were so much of the extra content I skipped anyway, won't bother me. Why flap your fingers about it?!
and why won't you but sims 3?i mean,if the problem is that we can buy new things on the internet with 10$,what?who wants to buy,will buy,who don't want,won't buy.easy. :)
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?
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?
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.
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".
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 $20 to have what should rightfully be in the bloody game + whatever other crappy stuff they continue to make + expansions packs + stuff packs + backpacks, med packs, ice packs, service packs, travel packs, rat packs and crack packs.......... I was looking forward to this game. I was planning on buying it when it was going to come out in February this year, and then waiting for it when it got pushed back. But as a customer, and loyal gamer / consumer, I have a limit of how much disgusting greed I can handle. Screw you EA, and take your little game with you.
Im sorry but I'm just not going to spend actual money so I can own some cool looking pixels to put in my 3d house.
"Riverview" ... :o Just wanted to throw out there... Riverview is the name of a Mental Hospital in my city. That'll be a fun neighbourhood.
-Should i decorate my own home with real money and furniture or -Should i spend real money on fake furniture WTF ea not this sh it again. I've bought previous versions but i"ll skip Sims 3 for now(forever)
Microtransactions....no thank you. I had considered purchasing Sims 3 but now I will go elsewhere. Why is it that EA continues to disappoint?
don't mods give u basically the same thing plus being free???? microtransactions = two thumbs down and a fart !!!!!! *faaaaaaarrrtttt*
Ehhgghh. Don't want to talk about the points thing, too dissapointing. Nonetheless, I am glad that we get a free second town, one town was never enough. XD
What will EA think of next to get more money out of you ? Expansion packs and Stuff Packs not enough, Now there will be a Microtransactions. WTF EA.
Reatil price can never be enough for these capitalist pigs. Acessories and add ons is where the money is at. Remeber how my snes came with 2 controllers and a game all for 150$. ah memories
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.
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.
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.
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.
Whatever happened to developers giving away free content? Isn't the $50+plus all the expansion packs I pay you enough?!?!?
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.
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.
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.
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