Yesterday at Gamescom, EA Games and Maxis debuted a trailer for their highly expected Sims 4 game, set for release later this year. However, it wasn’t all nude shower patches and make-believe-languages, some people were worried that we’d see the same sort of forced-online DRM that we had with Sim City, the last game these two companies made together. Fortunately, it’s now been cleared up: Sims 4 is offline and won’t have any of that nasty DRM we saw before.
This was confirmed by Sims 4 producer, Grant Rodiek while speaking with VG247. He said: “The Sims 4 is an offline, client-based game.”
He also made it clear that while Maxis had added Mac support for the game, that was the only OS (other than Windows) that it would support for now. There was talk of potentially bringing it to other platforms, but that looks pretty unlikely at this point.
Sims fans don’t seem like the kind of people that would be keeping up with DRM developments, or not buy a game just because of its online authentication systems, but whether they’d notice it or not, it’s good to see that Maxis is catering to gamers a little more.
KitGuru Says: Good job Maxis/EA. Nobody likes that always on stuff. At best, people are indifferent, which is not the kind of attitude you want to encourage people to have towards your games and policies.