To those Sims lovers you can rejoice as The Sims 4 is finally coming to the PlayStation 4(PS4) and Xbox One on November 17, publisher Electronic Arts announced with there being no changes between the PC version and console versions.
The Sims 4 is the fourth major title in life simulation video game series The Sims, developed by Maxis and The Sims Studio and published by Electronic Arts. The Sims 4 was originally announced on May 6, 2013, and was released in North America on September 2, 2014, for Microsoft Windows. A Mac compatible version of the software was made available for digital download on February 17, 2015.The Sims 4 is the first PC game to top all-format charts in two years. The game has received mixed reviews since its release but since its launch, it became the best selling PC game of 2014 and 2015 with The Sims 4 selling over 5 million copies worldwide.
Those who pre-order will get The Sims 4 Perfect Patio Stuff which includes hot tubs, more fashion, and bonus décor. There is also a Deluxe Party Edition which offers early access and extra content.
In addition to early access, here’s what else is included with the Deluxe Party Edition:
- Life of the Party Digital Content, featuring the Flaming Tiki Bar and sleek, stylized outfits for your Sims
- Up All Night Digital Content, featuring the Laser Light Show, fun decorations, and outrageous party costumes
- Awesome Animal Hats Digital Content, featuring a collection of fun animal hats for your Sims to wear and show off
Senior Producer Michael Duke explained that there won’t be any major system changes between the PC and PS4 version:
To be clear, this is not the first time we have brought The Sims to console — but it is the very first time throughout the history of the franchise that you can experience the gameplay and content that the PC game offers. The current generation of hardware has enabled us to translate the code to PlayStation 4 without any major system changes, so that it is no longer about which platform has the superior version, but where you like to play.
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Right now, the team is currently preparing for launch (looking for bugs, and making little improvements that will ensure this is the best Sims game EVER on console). It is certainly no small task to try and bring a PC game over, but we are doing a lot of iteration and testing to make sure we meet your high standards and deliver an experience we will all enjoy for years to come.
From creating unique Sims and building amazing homes to developing Sim’s relationships and pursuing careers, The Sims 4 delivers the same emotional connection our PC players cherish to a new wave of console players. Fans will enjoy being empowered to create and control people in a vibrant virtual world as they experience life’s unpredictable, entertaining moments along the way.
“The addition of a console-version of The Sims 4 has been long-awaited by fans and newcomers alike, and we at Maxis are beyond excited to bring The Sims to new platforms,” said Executive Producer, Lyndsay Pearson. “The game delivers a beautiful The Sims experience on console and comes packed with tons of the fan-favorite content, so players can look forward to the unique gameplay, self-expression, and fun that have come to be tentpoles of The Sims brand. The possibilities to play with life are as endless as the players’ creativity.”
As with The Sims 4 on PC, console players can experience and test life’s limits in a world where there are no rules. Fans will have the power to create unique Sims, customizing everything from their hair colour and style to their fashion choices and life aspirations. With the room-based Build Mode, players can design and pick décor, effortlessly building their dream home. In the mood to explore? Sims can check out the various neighbourhoods and dynamic venues the world offers.
The Sims 4 on console gives players the unique gameplay the PC base game has to offer, plus many of the additional content updates added to The Sims 4 post-launch. After the console game launches, fans can also look forward to periodic game updates and extra content releases.