The new world of Newcrest was announced by EA today. This is their answer to the compliants that there isn’t enough space for people’s growing families and neighborhoods. This topic has already sparked heated discussions on The Sims Forum with completely opposite opinions of this world.
Tell me what YOU think about Newcrest in the comments!
I am very excited for a new world and more space for our sims to grow and live. Since I am primarily a builder, having the extra space it great for me. The world has three neighborhoods with 5 lots per ‘hood, and all of the the lots are empty. Newcrest looks like a suburban area outside of a larger city as you can see in the photo above, the lots are mostly small sizes and according to the article on The Sims blog there is only one large lot measuring 50×40. I am disappointed that there is no 50×50 sized lots, which is my favorite size to build on. But in my opinion the smaller lots sizes fit in with the suburban feel of the neighborhoods. The Sims have released a short announcement video showing the neighborhoods, you can watch it below.
Some Forum members have noticed that Newcrest looks very similar to Willow Creek and have complained that the developers did not put any actual work into the creating this world and we, as players, shouldn’t accept free content like this when there are major items still missing from the game, like toddlers for example. I personally don’t mind the missing toddlers but many other players are very affected by them. I miss cars you can actually use and a real beach. But everybody has their own complaints. Here are some of the comments made about the new world announcement.
They literally have done nothing, I bet these were the steps:
1- Get Willow Creek
2- Demolish all the lots
3- Make it a bit smaller
4- Add more fake backdrops
5- BAM FALSE ADVERTISING!
…all the looks like the neighbor hoods we already have got mixed and matched with other neighborhoods.
I’m not mad, I’ll take the extra space but… it’s actually laughable…
No, it’s not free at all. What did we pay for our game again? That’s right: we payed a lot of money to get a fully fledged out game.
Instead we got: maps with a few lots, missing content (they have to add it back now bit by bit because they know they have to do some damage control).
If EA took the time to create a decent base game version of the Sims 4, all of these ”FREE” patches would not be needed. And that means that we didn’t have to wait for all of this stuff to come back to the game (for months!).
So no, EA is not generous, EA is no charity, EA just knows how they can milk the game at any costs. Giving these ”free” updates will make people willing to pay again, so they make money afterall. It’s not like EA is doing this because they like to ”give stuff” for free, no, it’s because they have to cover up their own fail.
I don’t see it as ‘free’ per se, we paid $60-$80 for 50 or less lots in the base game. I would say thanks, it’s about time.
Reading this thread is so confusing…
Either it’s shameful content ea should be apologizing for or it’s so good that we should be thanking the complainers for getting it for us. Which is it? You can’t have it both ways.
I think I’d rather thank ea for it and be happy for those who wanted it.
I absolutely agree with Ponderberries about the confusion, on the one hand I am delighted to have a new world with more space to build BUT Newcrest does seem like a rehash of Willow Creek with slightly different background, as other Forum members have pointed out. I see this as the lazy way of giving us Simmers what we have been asking for, I am thankful and very happy that is it free. However if this were paid content I would not buy it, and I own every expansion, game pack and stuff pack for The Sims 4, because it isn’t worth the money. I would love different scenery to look at instead of the same type as Willow Creek and a completely unique feel to the neighborhood instead of a very sterile suburban feel where all the background houses look the same. Where is the beautiful Tudor village scenery from the concept art and pre-release game?
There are also community concerns about how the culling cap, which is 180 sims, will be affected by the addition of a new world. Previously the Guru’s have stated that culling is working as it is intended, however Daniel Hiatt (@SimGuruDaniel) tweeted this in response a question about culling, which sort of indicates that perhaps it isn’t working properly.
Overall I am happy and excited that we are getting a new world for FREE! I hope that it has interesting little areas to explore in the different neighborhoods, like the playgrounds or community gardens in worlds we have now. Maybe there will even be a hidden lot, I think that is asking too much of a free world but I would be happy to be wrong. At this point I am thankful that The Sims franchise wants to sees its players satisfied and tries find solutions for the community’s concerns and wants. However, I do wish they had put a little more effort into making Newcrest feel like its own unique world and not just a suburban area of another city.
That being said I am a builder and I will release some lots especially designed for Newcrest soon!
Tell me what you think of the new wold of Newcrest in the comments!