Maxis News


The Sims 4 patch allows custom gender options in character creation

By John Keefer, Jun 02, 2016 10:55am PDT

Update now lets players be themselves.


"Cool - Not a function I would really use, but it's cool of them to add it in. The fact that it ..."

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The Sims 4 celebrates the franchise's 16th birthday with free anniversary content

By Ozzie Mejia, Feb 04, 2016 11:04am PST

The Sims is celebrating its Sweet Sixteen today, so EA and Maxis are offering some free stuff to all Sims 4 players today.


"Probably getting announce this year with the Story mode that wasn't in the PC version or so I've ..."

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The Sims 4 blossoms with Romantic Garden Stuff Pack next week

By Ozzie Mejia, Feb 02, 2016 1:58pm PST

The SIms 4 is getting into the Valentine's Day spirit with a new expansion set to hit next week.


The Sims 4: Get Together will hang out in early December

By Ozzie Mejia, Oct 07, 2015 11:40am PDT

The Sims 4: Get Together will not make its previously projected November release window, with EA and Maxis taking a few extra weeks to give it some additional polish. The expansion will now arrive in early December.


"Delayed but I'm not sure it will matter. I think I might be done with Sims 4."

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The Sims 4 adds World of Newcrest with free June 11 update

By Ozzie Mejia, Jun 03, 2015 10:16am PDT

If your Sims' world has become a little too cramped, The Sims 4 will address that next week with a whole new area to help expand the current default neighborhoods.


EA closes SimCity and The Sims studio, Maxis Emeryville

By Daniel Perez, Mar 04, 2015 12:51pm PST

After nearly 30 years of game development, EA has closed the doors on Maxis Emeryville.


"I think that last part goes without saying... Considering a ton of them left after the game ..."

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The Sims 4: Get to Work expansion set for April release

By Aaron Linde, Feb 04, 2015 10:45am PST

The Sims 4 has lazed around long enough and now it will 'Get to Work' with the game's first official expansion pack.


The Sims 4 update embarks on new 'Careers'

By Ozzie Mejia, Dec 16, 2014 10:00am PST

Because even Sims need to make a living. Also, get ready to celebrate the holidays with a free holiday pack.


"Cant play this game. I have zero idea what was going through EA's mind when they made this ..."

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SimCity 2000: Special Edition free on Origin right now

By Ozzie Mejia, Dec 09, 2014 11:30am PST

One of the Shacknews Chatty community's best games of all-time is free right now from Origin.


"My entire game collection on Origin consists of their freebie games :-)"

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The Sims 4 update throws a pool party

By Ozzie Mejia, Nov 05, 2014 11:15am PST

If the main focus of The Sims 4 is socialization, it only makes sense that they'd move towards pool parties, right?


"As someone who's been replaying the sims 3 a lot lately that big open world is a much bigger ..."

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The Sims 4 getting free content starting today

By Steven Wong, Oct 01, 2014 9:40am PDT

The Sims 4 is getting three updates in the coming months, all for free, starting today. It's time to socialize with grandpa's ghost, and have your sims geek out Star Wars style.


"My understanding is 4 is a vast improvement over 2. Over 3? is debatable"

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The Sims 4 review: Toying with emotions

By Steven Wong, Sep 10, 2014 12:50pm PDT

The Sims 4 introduces lively, emotional, characters and an impressive new creation and customization system. But is that enough to carry the series forward?


"The Sims 4 is really growing on me. There are a lot of smart design decisions in the game that ..."

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'Friends' characters, locations recreated in The Sims 4

By Daniel Perez, Sep 08, 2014 8:00am PDT

These friends will be there for you in The Sims 4.


"That looks pretty well done, but along with the quick look characters, won't someone try to sue ..."

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EA combats Sims 4 piracy with unique bug

By Daniel Perez, Sep 05, 2014 6:40am PDT

The Sims 4 might be fun for most PC gamers, but not so much for those who pirate the game.


"this is great. the titanfall / sims method needs to be adapted widely. sure, hackers + pirates ..."

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The Sims 4 gets weirder with humorous new trailer

By Robert Workman, Aug 07, 2014 9:30am PDT

Stay weirder, my friends.


"that trailer idea was so good and did not live up to its promise. :( "

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