Amelia Wilson 2023-07-19 11:35

The Urgent Need for a More Comprehensive Sims 5 Game at Launch: A Perspective Inspired by The Sims 4's Horse Ranch Expansion

With the recent release of The Sims 4's Horse Ranch expansion pack, the conversation around the much-anticipated The Sims 5 has intensified. The Sims 4, despite being beloved by many, faced significant criticism for its omission of several key features at launch. This critique was further amplified as these features, including horses, were later introduced as paid Downloadable Content (DLC). This raises significant questions about the direction of The Sims 5 and the expectations of its mechanism for content delivery.

The Controversial Launch of The Sims 4

The launch of The Sims 4 in 2014 was tarnished by a considerable degree of controversy largely due to the absence of several essential features that had been staples of the franchise. Pools, toddlers, basements, terrain tools, family trees, and more were among approximately 89 missing features. This omission sparked fears among fans that these fundamental elements would later become some form of paid DLC.

Pets in The Sims 4: A Gradual Inclusion

The inclusion of pets in The Sims 4 perfectly illustrates this controversy. The Sims 3: Pets included cats, dogs, small animals, and horses. However, The Sims 4: Cats & Dogs only included cats and dogs at launch. Small animals were later introduced as part of a separate Stuff Pack titled "My First Pet Stuff." Horses, a fan-favorite, are only now being included, almost a decade post-launch, as part of the Horse Ranch expansion pack. This gradual inclusion of content has been met with resounding criticism from the player base.

The Implications for The Sims 5

The contentious reception of The Sims 4’s content release strategy necessitates a careful look at the forthcoming The Sims 5. The new installment cannot afford similar controversy, and EA needs to demonstrate to players that their concerns have been heard. The Sims 5, ideally, should include all of The Sims 3 and 4's content from day one. This, coupled with the introduction of new features, will not only ensure player satisfaction but also leave room for further innovation and evolution of the game.

Moving From Stagnation to Innovation

Looking to the future of the franchise, The Sims 5 must break the cycle of stagnation. If EA continues with the same content and release pattern, it risks the series becoming increasingly stale. A game should not need nearly a decade to catch up with its predecessor. Players are clamoring for innovative and engaging content, not waiting for the return of old favorites. Besides, a longer development period for The Sims 5 could mean the inclusion of more foundational content at launch, a trade-off many players are willing to make over a quicker release with missing features.


The controversy surrounding The Sims 4's launch and DLC strategy serves as a stark reminder to EA of what players value in their gaming experience – completeness and innovation. The release of The Sims 4's Horse Ranch expansion pack underscores these expectations and sets the stage for The Sims 5. Going forward, the success and acceptance of The Sims 5 will largely depend on how well EA can meet these expectations and deliver a more comprehensive, innovative, and immersive Sims experience.

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