EA has announced the next version of its Sims franchise, The Sims Mobile, a free iOS and Android game. For now, the game has been made available in Brazil, but it will eventually roll out in other parts of the world.
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So far, the Sims franchise has been quite popular, but primarily with players who love to play on their personal computers rather than a handheld device. Now EA aims to change that by launching The Sims Mobile on Android and iOS.
The game lets the player create a family and progress them through their lives. Players can also involve other real live people in the game by hosting or attending parties and making friends, soulmates and enemies. Nurturing those relationships and performing other tasks will enable the player to unlock various features
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Further, players will be able to build and customize their homes, similar to how people do in real life. The Sims Mobile also comes with additional features such as unlocking valuable heirlooms and taking the family through generations, which is called the Legacy Challenge.
In 2014 and 2015, The Sims 4 was the bestselling PC game despite lukewarm reaction from fans, notes Heavy.com. At that time, EA stated that the number of the game’s monthly active users surged 33% year over year. It has been more than two years since The Sims 4 was launched, and the game is still going strong. Now the mobile version is expected to take the legacy forward.
Not fair for Sims 4 players
The game franchise was also brought to the mobile platform in 2011 when EA released The Sims FreePlay, which was not similar to the other Sims titles that people were used to, notes SlashGear. In this free-to-play version, the game was focused on actions carried out in real-time, just like various other free-to-play games on mobile devices.
The Sims Mobile, however, will be similar to the core Sims gameplay experience, or at least the launch trailer suggests it will be. The game will not only allow the player to create their own family but also build subsequent generations, and some familiar mechanics are also shown in the trailer.
However, Sims 4 players and fans did not seem happy with EA releasing a mobile version of the game. The Sims Mobile is basically “Sim 4 Mobile” and that is why the objects will look pretty familiar to players, such as the CAS system and the graphics, notes iDigitalTimes.
Nevertheless, the mobile version looks cool, and plus, there seems to be nothing wrong with the idea of launching a phone version and earning some money. But then the grudge that Sims 4 players are holding after watching the trailer of the mobile version is also justified as they paid hundreds of dollars and waited for years to get those features which are now available as a freebie on phones.
As of now, there is no information on when the game will be launched. The game requires Android 4.0 or higher to run.