The Sims 4 VIP Conference Call Transcript


The Sims 4

The Sims 4

TheSimSupply has released a copy of today’s conference call. Below is a full copy of the text thanks to TheSimSupply.

Hi everybody, thanks Nicole, I am so excited to talk to you guys today, and to welcome each of you into our inner circle here at Maxis, because you guys are our VIPs. You are the ones that made The Sims 3 a wonderful demonstration of player driven creativity, and so I’m here to give big news today, and like we mentioned we’ve seen speculation on the internet over the weekend. There’s tonnes of theories about what we’re announcing today but you are the first people to hear the news. Today in just under 3 hours we’re formally announcing that we’re developing The Sims 4.

The Sims is fuelled by the passion and creativity of our millions of fans around the world and we make The sims because of you guys. It’s your continued devotion to The Sims that inspires us everyday and gets us here on the team at The Sims Studio creative. We’re working hard to make The Sims 4 the best Sims game yet, and we’re looking to bring the biggest critical components to the dev process which is you. So we are relying on your passion and expertise to help us make The Sims 4 even better. And our plan is to bring each of you into the mix early and often so that you have insider access to the game that we’re making. And I want to make it clear right now, that with The Sims, it’s fans first, all the way. In fact we have not yet spoken to the press, you are the first people in the entire world to find out more about the team making The Sims 4 as well as our vision for the game.

So first of all, I want to tell you about the Team behind the scenes. We have over 100 people working on The Sims 4 and many of them are the names that you recognise from The Sims 3. So some of them are even members that extend all the way back to the first Sims. One of our producers is Lyndsay Pearson and she’s been with The Sims Studio for 10 years now, she’s worked on a variety of The Sims projects from the original Sims to The Sims 2 and The Sims 3 and Lyndsay’s been a key driver behind not only The Sims base games but subsequent expansion and stuff packs as well. And we just feel so lucky to have her on this team. Our audio maestro is Robi Kauker and I hope you all know his name because he’s been with The Sims since the very beginning. Robbie was one of the original creators of Simlish, which I think is the coolest thing ever, and he’s just such a cool guy. And it’s Robbie more than anyone else who’s helped shape the sound of our in-game language and music and I can’t wait to hear what new sounds he’s going to be making for The Sims 4.

So I can throw a tonne of names at you guys, Kevin Hogan, Kevin Gibson, Josh Hendren, Samantha Miceli, Grant Rodiek, these are some of the names that you already know and love and these are some of the people that you’ll be meeting and talking to in the months to come.

So as for me, I’ve been a huge fan of The Sims since the first game and personally, I jumped at the opportunity to work on one of my dream projects. I love games, I’ve been in gaming forever, and I’m so excited to be here to bring our team’s vision to life for The Sims 4.

I’m impressed daily by the depth and knowledge of the studio team members and very much looking forward to the day when I can introduce all of you to more of them.

So, why now? Well for The Sims 4 we took a look at the history of the series and we pinpointed what we believe is the core of the experience. When the original came out in 2000, it was like nothing before it, it was this fascinating look into the world of The Sims, those little people we’ve come to love so much. And then 3 years later came The Sims 2 and it introduced wonderful concepts like generational gameplay which is a big fan favourite and of course little people in 3D. Then The Sims 3 came out in 2009 and with the introduction of traits we added even more personality to those little people.

So at the very centre of every game are the Sims, and that’s what our fans love, and we know that, because you tell us that everyday. So we’re listening to fans like you, and we’re going back to our roots, the Sims, themselves. We felt it was important to unlock new ways for your Sims to interact with one another. So we’re focusing on the complexity of Sim to Sim interactions and they way your Sims behave.

New breakthroughs in technology are letting us give you the coolest Sims ever. And today we’re giving you an exclusive image that will provide some clues into what’s new and excited about The Sims 4. We’re not quite ready to spoil it for you yet, but when we are, I promise you, it will all make sense. We’re also make some big improvements to Create-a-Sim and Build / buy and we think you’ll love the changes that we’ve made to these core tools.

We can’t wait to see what you write about this news and what all of our fans around the world have to say, because you know this studio loves reading your articles and we spend tonnes of our lunchtimes on your sites and we’re probably some of your biggest fans.

You are the influences that will help shape our game, you guys are the ones we’ll be reaching out to on a regular basis and we want your input, and I have to say we’re so impressed by the amount of creativity you are all doing out there; Quxxn and Zeke, your videos are amazing, just the time and creativity is absolutely amazing and Curtis, omg, bravo, over 42 million video views on YouTube, wow. Incredible. Greg, your worlds are unbelievable, really amazing work. And Christian, your tutorials are appreciated by so many of our players, thank you.

So, I know I’m not mentioning all of you, and I apologize, but we are looking forward to meeting each and every one of you, me in particular, I can’t wait to meet you in person in the near future.

So, on that subject we have a big event planned later this summer, and we want you to be a part of it. We’re going to be getting in touch with you soon, but I can’t say much, all I can say right not is, you might want to keep the 3rd week of August open on your calendar. Trust me, it will be worth it, so book your time off now.

Just to finish I want to say thank you for being the best fans in the world, because, you are, and from this point on you are part of a special group, that we’re calling YibSims, and a YibSim is Simlish for best friend. We’ll be getting back to all of you YibSims soon, and for now, thank you so much for joining me on this call, there is much more to come and I look forward to meeting you, thank you.

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