What’s wrong with The Sims: EA’s exclusive playtesting invite

The Sims will hold formal feedback sessions with a select group of players in the coming weeks.

Over the last few weeks, The Sims 4 team have copped a lot of flak. Between the issues surrounding lack of diversity with the game’s skin tones and the release of the new Star Wars game pack – a pack very few players wanted – it has been a rough ride.

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Sometimes, this criticism has descended into downright nastiness, but it appears there will be a forum for players to discuss some of their concerns more formally soon.

While things like free the baby objects are a bit complicated, an invite has been sent out to select players for upcoming feedback sessions.

First report by The Sims Community website, this feedback sessions will be held on two different dates, 22 September and 2 October.

The invite was sent to players who had previously signed up to the EA Playtesting programme. The sessions will be an hour-long and only 15-20 Sims players will be invited to participate.

At the time of writing, the new Sims 4 feedback session was not listed on the official EA Playtesting site yet, but the website did share a screenshot of the invite which read as follows:

You’ve been selected to take part in an exciting Sims study! We need Simmers like you to give us your feedback so we can continue to improve the game you love. Please take a moment to read through the study details below, we’ll be taking 15 – 20 Sims Players to participate.

Session Length

1 hour

Location

Remote (US and Canada)

Reward

1 EA Games of your choice (including Sims packs)!

*** Please note, this session will require a connection to the internet, a microphone to speak with the Researcher and the ability to run The Sims 4 on your computer.

No further details were available at the time of writing, so it is not clear exactly what playtesters will be asked about in the feedback sessions.

It is also unlikely that any of the details from the feedback sessions will be shared by those who participated, but everyone will hope that the players who are selected provide valuable feedback to improve the game we all love so much.

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Antoinette Muller
Antoinette is a recovering journalist. She's a multi-award winner and thinks it's strange writing about herself in the third person, unless she's playing as herself in The Sims.