The Sims 4 is a social simulation game developed by Maxis and published by Electronic Arts. It is the fourth major title in The Sims series, and is the sequel to The Sims 3 (2009). The game was released in North America on September 2, 2014, for Windows, an OS X version was released in February 2015, and PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions were released in November 2017. The game was moved to a free-to-play model on October 18, 2022, monetized by the purchase of various paid downloadable content packs that have been developed since its release.
The Sims 4 has been commercially successful, topping the all-format video game chart in 2014, and has received 36 million players worldwide as of 2021. Development of the game has been supported with numerous paid downloadable content packs, namely twelve expansion packs, twelve game packs, and several stuff packs and kits. The most recent expansion pack, The Sims 4: Growing Together, was released on March 16, 2023. Free content updates introducing and expanding major features have also been released, such as swimming pools, more character customization options, more building tools, and gameplay scenarios.
Released alongside the standard edition, the digital-only Deluxe edition of the game includes bonus gameplay objects and clothing, and a digital copy of the game soundtrack; the Premium edition additionally includes a hardcover book containing game tips and artwork. An OS X version was released on February 17, 2015. PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions were released on November 17, 2017, co-developed with Blind Squirrel Games; in contrast to previous The Sims entries on consoles, the console versions of The Sims 4 do not exclude content or DLC packs compared to the OS X and Windows versions.
The Sims 4 received \"mixed or average reviews\" reviews from critics upon its release, according to review aggregator site Metacritic. Reviewers frequently criticized The Sims 4's lack of features and missing content compared to previous titles, particularly The Sims 3's \"Create-a-Style\" color customization tool, open worlds, and gameplay elements from its expansion packs; reviewers also noted encountering frequent loading screens and some glitches.
Jim Sterling of The Escapist described the gameplay as \"boring\", and described The Sims 4 as \"shrunken and sterile\". Kallie Plagge of IGN was disappointed by the lack of \"cool objects\" in place of missing content, and noted a lack of furnishing options in Build mode compared to The Sims 3. Nick Tan of GameRevolution describes the game as a \"case study for loss aversion\", noting frustration among Sims fans due to the missing features and content, concluding that the game is \"woefully incomplete\". Reviewers speculated that the notable lack of content is in lieu of features for potential future paid DLC packs, and is an intentional financial decision by EA. Lee Cooper of Hardcore Gamer concluded that the game is \"a glorified freemium app with multiple expansions on the horizon that should have been part of the core-game.\"
Paid downloadable content (DLC) packs for The Sims 4 have been released since 2015; there are four categories of DLC packs: expansion packs, \"game packs\", \"stuff packs\", and \"kits\". Expansion packs are the largest content packs, primarily focusing on major new features relevant to a theme. Game packs are similar to expansion packs, but include a smaller amount of content. Stuff packs are minor DLC packs only containing a small number of furniture and clothing items. Kits are the smallest DLC packs, with each kit exclusively focusing on either furniture or clothing items. Critic reviews for expansion packs and game packs have received \"generally favorable\" to \"mixed or average\" reception, according to Metacritic.
Star Wars: Journey to Batuu, the ninth game pack for The Sims 4, was announced on August 27, 2020. The pack announcement was received negatively by players, who felt it de-prioritized community-requested features and content for the game, with some speculating it was a contractual obligation given EA's ownership of the Star Wars video game franchise. Prior to the pack's announcement, an independent poll by Digital Spy asked players what themes they would like to see in future The Sims 4 content packs; Star Wars came in last out of twenty-one possible choices. Maxis issued a statement in response to the negative player reception, revealing development updates on selected community-requested features and upcoming content, and cited issues during development with \"foundational technology\" when developing these features.
My Wedding Stories, the eleventh game pack for The Sims 4, was announced on February 8, 2022. The day after the pack announcement, Maxis stated that they will not release the pack in Russia, citing video game laws prohibiting content promoting homosexuality as a societal norm. After strong backlash and feedback from Russian players, Maxis reversed their decision and released the pack in Russia, unaltered and unchanged, citing that they \"reassessed their options\". However, since March 2022, Electronic Arts has suspended all video game sales in Russia, due to the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine.
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