A look at The Sims 4 through shared content creation

When it launches Sept. 2, Electronic Arts' The Sims 4 will boast a number of features both standard and new to the company's popular life simulation computer game franchise. And while the game's developers will be including plenty of content in the game with which players can interact, it's the players themselves who will have the power to create even more content.

That's why roughly two dozen top-tier players from around the world traveled to EA headquarters in Redwood Shores, California. Not only are they getting a week's worth of an early hands-on time with the game and in-depth walk-throughs with the game's developers,but they also get to create content of their own. That's something the invited players seem to be enjoying quite a bit, thanks to the quirky charm the game and its Sims provide.

"I haven't stopped laughing since I started Play Mode," said Catherine Penkosky-Cornwell who's visiting from England. "Honestly, they're hilarious."

The content these players create during the week will be posted to The Sims 4's official online catalog of user-generated content and will be made available as free downloads for all of the game's players. What's more, this is something that will be available to all players of The Sims 4 who decide to create and share their own custom in-game creations. While this concept isn't anything new - there have been third-party websites offering similar services for years - this will be the first time that EA has offered something of this nature at this scale. The invited players say this streamline things quite a bit.

"It's so much easier as well as quicker," commented Australian gamer James Turner. "Before you had to go to a website. Download it. Install it. Sometimes there were issues, but this just works."

EA says the user-generated content catalog will be available to all players on day one.

Rated "T for Teen" by the ESRB, The Sims 4 releases for Windows-powered PCs o Sept. 2 in North America and two days later, internationally.


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