The Sims Online – The Free Trial Has Become Permanent

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The trial-version for the Sims Online game is currently undergoing a revamp. In the near future it is said by EA the trial that is free will become permanent play for free. It’s a great thing for those who aren’t able to afford the $9.99 per month for full play. But what led to this change?

Well, put simply, EA stuffed up. Sims Online Sims Online was launched to the general public around four years ago and has gained an extremely small number of players. The hugely loved video game Second Life was released at the same time and has grown from growth to growth. Today, Second Life is a very excellent game that has different strengths than Sims Online however, the Sims is part of a series which has two of the top selling games ever. It shouldn’t have been that difficult to EA to create an online game which, at the very least, was within the top 10% of games played online. In the beginning, they succeeded.

In the first week of January 2003, Sims Online boasted more than 100,000 active subscribers, which puts it one of the top choices for games that are online. The numbers soared and EA predicted 40,000 players towards the close in the calendar year. But then they gave up. Luc Barthelet, the Senior Vice President of Electronic Arts, seemingly turned his back on the game and the bugs and instability remain unsolved. Cheats were created that let players gain huge quantities in Simoleons (the Sims Online currency) which effectively destroyed the game’s economy, rendering many aspects that the games are designed to achieve (such as work) ineffective. Before the cheats were released, Simoleons could be traded on eBay in real cash, this is one of the main reasons that attracts new players, who wish to believe that their actions in the game will have some kind of impact on actual life.

It was at this point that Second Life grew, and the Sims Online – an online version of one of the most played games ever created fell into obscurity. There were a few loyal players who stuck to it, but the majority gamers opted to leave it alone in search of newer games with more intriguing and unique features. However, that is set to be changing. Luc Barthelet announced in March 2007 that he would be re-involved himself into the games. The forums have been used at the first time in a long time as well as Sims Online is getting a new face. Sims Online world is in for a change.

One of the first steps that EA are taking is to create new cities that players can explore. They’re also changing the logo, and have also promised to close the loopholes which permit cheating on money. Registration will be significantly simplified and the trial period will be soon transformed into an ongoing free play. There will of course be some limitations: one city to choose from for those who do not pay; one avatar; and less start amount of money. This is, however, an actual show of dedication by EA which will surely attract numerous new players. New players, whether they pay whether or not bring new life to the game. That’s going to be a positive thing for EA which was discolored by its failure.

Why is this happening now? It’s because the Sims 3 is due to launch within (possibly) 2008 possibly, and that could be a factor in the release date. There’s no need to put a dead goose in their display when trying to generate excitement for their upcoming product, and it’s expected take some time for The Sims Online to get back to its normal course. This is a highly promising (re-) start, however it’s also a thrilling opportunity to dive into the world of Sims Online. The new features, like AvatarBook that functions similar to Facebook is expected to spark interest and attract a huge number of people. A few people who enjoyed playing Sims games haven’t thought about what it’s like to be playing with other players, but many have been turned off by negative reviews or advice from friends. The situation is now set to change and the community will increase in strength. The issue, therefore, isn’t so much the reason EA is making these changes right now and not the reason they didn’t do them prior to. The only thing we have to do is relax and wait and hopefully this time EA does it right.

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