De Britse nieuwssite Metro UK heeft een aardig uitgebreid interview met Rachel Franklin, uitvoerend president van De Sims 4, gepubliceerd over de stand van zaken binnen De Sims 4. Waarom peuters weglaten bijvoorbeeld, ondanks de grote kritiek van de fans vooraf, uiteindelijk toch de beste keuze bleek te zijn tot allerlei andere zaken omtrent De Sims 4 Beleef het Samen en de verdere toekomst van de serie. Al met al zeker het lezen waard!
GameCentral talks to the woman in charge of The Sims, about the future of the franchise and the difficulties of dealing with fan unrest.
It may seem like it’s in a unique position but The Sims suffers from exactly the same difficulties as any other major franchise, from Call Of Duty to Pokémon. How often should you make a sequel? How import are cutting edge graphics? What features have the fans been asking for? And will it actually work when it’s released?
To one degree or another The Sims 4 ran it all of these problems when it was first launched, but in particular complaints from fans that it had purposefully removed features that were present in the older game; with many imagining that they would be reintroduced at a later date as paid-for content.
But that didn’t happen and although not all of the more controversial features have been reinstated most of them have, as free updates. Since we’ve always enjoyed The Sims games, including The Sims 4, the recent release of the Get Together expansion pack gave us a chance to meet with Rachel Franklin, the vice president and general manager of The Sims Studios.
We talked to her about the future of the franchise and also the ever-increasing difficulty of releasing open-ended games… and of reviewing them.