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While maybe not being the biggest announcement regarding EA today, fans of the series are no doubt very excited. The fourth (numbered at least) installment of the long running series is slated to be released in 2014 for PC and Mac. Many who played the most recent EA/Maxis project, 'SimCity' are probably (and understandably) hesitant to play any games by the studio and publisher. SimCity was met with a myriad of problems upon launch. The most glaring of which being that the game required players to be connected to the internet to play the game. If the game could not detect a persistent internet connection the game would shut down and ask you to sign into your EA account. EA seems to be well aware of the matter and have announced that The Sims 4 will not require an internet connection and can be player offline.
Didn't think that whole DRM thing would bite you so hard on the ass did you EA/Maxis? Well it's good to see that they've learned their lesson. Even with the numerous problems people had with SimCity I could kind of see their point in wanting to make the game a social experience, but any benefit of the doubt regarding that was diminished when they straight up lied to their fans that the game could not ever work offline. For The Sims however the social experience argument goes flying out the window. I have a few friends who only play The Sims as their one video game, and they play it alone. Even with all of the online features added into The Sims 3 people still played the majority of the game offline in single player. Taking away people's ability to continue playing the game how they want to play it only spells trouble for sales numbers. Maybe if other people who play EA games would stop using microtransactions then we can get them to get rid of that component too.
The Sims 4 will be out in 2014 for PC and Mac.
Are you a Sims player? Would you not buy the game if it required a persistent internet connection? What new features do you hope they add that weren't in the previous installments? Let your thoughts be known in the comments below.