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Everything we know about Sims 4 multiplayer

Everything we know about Sims 4 multiplayer
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The Sims 4 multiplayer could be the most requested feature that players have asked for over the years, and it's a topic of discussion that regularly comes up around the game. Naturally it would be an improvement if your digital neighbors were actual real people that you could have meaningful collaborations with, and although EA always shows a lot of support to the Sims communities that form around each release in the series they've never really achieved this goal. Attempts have been made to incorporate online elements in previous releases with varying levels of success, but – officially at least – there's still no way for regions in The Sims 4 to connect up. However, that doesn't mean it will never happen, so here's everything we know about EA's plans for Sims 4 multiplayer, along with some predictions about what we might see in the future.

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What EA has said about Sims 4 multiplayer

If comments from EA's CEO Andrew Wilson are any indication - and you have to hope they would be - an online future is something that the company is considering. This statement is from EA's third quarter of FY2020 earnings call.

"As Maxis continues to think about The Sims for a new generation – cross-platforms and a cloud of a neighborhood world, you should imagine while we will always stay true to our inspiration, escape, creation, self-improvement, motivations – that this notion of social interactions and competition like the kind of things that were actually present in The Sims Online many many years ago – that they will start to become a part of The Sims experience in the years to come.

We are very excited. This is a game that really doesn’t have any competition in its category for delivering and fulfilling these motivations for players and we think of the tremendous growth opportunities for us for many many years to come."

There’s always The Sims 4 multiplayer mod 

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Always one step ahead, the Sims community has already created a serious mod to bring multiplayer to The Sims 4. The Sims 4 Multiplayer mod is designed to let you play with other people in real-time on a local network. The mod basically uses one PC as a server, which allows two players to join the same game. It's still in closed beta, but the developer has a Patreon (opens in new tab) to support the project and hopes to expand the mod to allow more than two players in the future. 

You can check out the mod at sims-multiplayer.com (opens in new tab)

Remember, this isn't an official EA product, so you'll want to be careful when downloading and installing. 

The Sims Online 

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Some Sims players will remember The Sims Online, which launched in December 2002 for PC. For a subscription fee of $9.99 a month, players essentially got to experience a Sims MMO. Think all the usual Sims gameplay but the other Sims are all real people. Career choices were Restaurant, Robot Factory, DJ, and Dancing, but people also made money by buying and then selling or renting out their homes to others. In 2007 the game was rebranded as EA-Land, and in August 2008 it was permanently shut down. 

Sims multiplayer 

Sims 4 multiplayer

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The Sims Bustin' Out was released in 2003 for PS2, Xbox, Game Boy Advance and Nintendo GameCube, and had multiplayer features. The game was very different from the pure simulation of the classic series, offering an adventure style narrative that saw a villain called Malcolm Landgraab stealing possessions from others Sims. The Online Weekend mode let players use chat and work together in freeplay and storymode. The server for the game shut down in August 2008.

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