EA has announced that The Sims Mobile is coming soon, and this time it's going to be much closer to the PC and Mac game than we've ever seen before. Read on to find out when The Sims Mobile is coming out and what it's going to be like, and find out how to get The Sims Mobile in the UK right now.
The Sims Mobile won't be the first time the popular life simulation game has made its way on to phones and tablets, but it's definitely the mobile game that has everyone the most excited.
The Sims Freeplay and The Sims Social have previously graced the mobile space, but they differed from the traditional Sims games quite dramatically. The Sims Freeplay had a sometimes-frustrating real-time element, while The Sims Social only let players control one Sim.
The Sims Mobile is set to feel a lot more like playing The Sims on your PC or Mac, which is something many fans have been waiting for for years. It's finally happening, and with a monthly active user base that's up 33 percent year-on-year, we expect this is going to be huge.
When is The Sims Mobile release date?
The Sims Mobile is coming to iOS and Android "soon," but as of late August 2017 we were still waiting for an exact release date to be announced.
However, if you live in Brazil or a handful you can actually get the game right now from Google Play or the iOS App Store as part of the game's soft launch.
We spoke to Sims executive producer Lynsday Pearson at Gamescom 2017, who explained that the team opted for a soft launch because "It’s about learning. You get a chance to get your game out in the wild and see what happens, and make a lot of iterations on the fly."
It could take a while for the app to become available across the rest of the globe. You can sign up for updates to be the first to know, and we'll be updating this article when we hear whispers of the release date too.
How much will The Sims Mobile cost in the UK?
The Sims Mobile will be free to play, but that likely means you'll have to pay for in-game content and we imagine this could quickly become very expensive.
All we know so far about content plans is that Pearson told us it will have "its own version of a live service and its own ongoing plans."
We'd prefer to spend a few pounds (even £10 or £20) on The Sims Mobile and not have to deal with the restrictions of in-app purchases, but if EA has found a good balance we imagine that it will still be fun to play for those who decide not to spend any of their hard-earned cash in-game.
What will The Sims Mobile be like to play?
The Sims Mobile is based on the legacy challenge system players of The Sims 4 will be familiar with.
On EA's dedicated website, the company explains that players will be able to shape their Sims' families over multiple generations. "When your Sims accomplish their career goals and retire, you'll be rewarded with Heirlooms that unlock hobbies and careers for future generations, allowing new Sims to tell deeper stories."
Pearson explain that the Legacy system "is really about collecting these heirlooms and unlocking cool things for your Sims throughout different generations of play," adding that it's tapping in to "that core DNA people love about The Sims."
And of course, like The Sims we've come to know and love over the past seventeen years (yes, it's really been that long), you'll be able to design your own characters and their homes.
From what we've seen in the trailer, players will get a pretty in-depth house builder and Sim creator with lots of room for customisation, so we can't wait to try recreating our friends and family in-game.
What's more, you'll also get the additional benefit of being able to connect with other players through the social element of the game. You'll be able to host or attend parties with your real-life friends within The Sims Mobile, which sounds like lots of fun to us.
All in all, the game sounds like the closest thing to a fully featured Sims game on mobile yet, or as Pearson put it:
"It looks beautiful, it feels really different. It’s that same DNA, but it feels like a really new Sims experience."