Some Sims fans aren't too pleased that EA won't include pools or toddlers in The Sims 4. They've started a petition demanding that these features be added to the base game.
"Toddlers have been a vital aspect to The Sims series because it is a lifestate that is crucial to the flow of the game," states the Change.org petition. "Without it, newborns will age straight up into children which will impair the possibility for story telling - a huge thing for the Simming community. We also want pools. Pools have been in every single basegame and to not have them would be ridiculous at this point."
EA announced in a blog post last week that The Sims 4 would be missing toddlers and pools.
"While we recognize that some of you will be disappointed that pools and toddlers won’t be available when The Sims 4 Base Game launches in September, you should know that we’re building an incredibly strong foundation that is capable of fulfilling every one of your desires in the years to come. The future of The Sims 4 is bright!"
This obviously didn't soothe any hurt feelings. Many players interpreted this statement to mean that EA is going to release the missing features as paid DLC in the future. That suspicion is probably accurate. Premium DLC has always been a big part of The Sims series. Sims 3 had 11 expansion packs and 9 "stuff packs," loaded with new objects like clothing and furniture. The online Sims Store also sells individual items for cash.
I don't think anyone's disputing EA's right to release new content for the game and then charge for it. If the content takes time and manpower to make, it's fair for them to expect some kind of compensation. This Sims 4 dispute comes down to what kind of content they're potentially charging money for. The perception among fans is that EA is purposefully removing content from the base game in order to get more money out of fans.
The Change.org petition has collected over 11,000 supporters since its creation last week. The current goal of 15,000 seems quite doable at this rate. Whether or not EA will actually respond even if they get ten times as many signatures is another story.
"Thank you to everyone who supported this when so many others didn't," the petition's creator said in an update when they hit four thousand signatures. "I've had a lot of people make personal attacks towards me because they thought the petition was stupid and pointless. I'm eternally grateful for the love you've shown this petition and am hopefully that we can continue to spread it. Thanks again."
Sims fans aren't the only community frustrated with EA's business practices. Many Battlefield players expressed disappointment with the company releasing Battlefield Hardline a mere year after Battlefield 4 - especially given the technical issues that plagued BF4 for months after launch. That fanbase created a petition demanding that EA release Hardline as DLC for Battlefield 4.