Sim City 5 to have in-game store

#10
They've been trying really hard to systematically destroy any hype they built with the initial reveal.
The EA effect.

Personally the focus on MP and online only really crushed any chance I had of buying it but this is pretty dirty too. They may as well make it a F2P game so we can have that rapey F2P-feel without having to spend $60 first.
 
#13
I really can't justify a purchase anymore, I love SimCity its a game I have been waiting a long time for and its just hit after hit after hit that has killed any sort of interest in it. It's so sad.

Honestly I never thought EA was as bad as people made them out to be but its constantly making it hard for me to keep that view, micro transactions have no place in a AAA game, especially a city builder like this.
 
#22
Sadly, the revenue they earn from the store will probably outweigh everyone in my shoes. Not wanting this game b/c of all the changes they've made. From initial reveal to now, it's gone so low :(
 
#24
I finally got around to playing my Steam sale copy of Sims 3 last night, and they have stuff for the Sim's store embedded right in the game's UI, in a bright yellow colour.

Jesus EA, ease up a bit.
 
#25
if it doesn't affect my gameplay i don't see the problem
This. The existence of a store doesn't mean that it will intrusive or needed. I don't know why Origin doesn't have some kind of hooks to manage in-game purchases though, seems kind of odd.

edit: I don't even like SimCity-just not my thing-but it's funny how people point out EA for being cynical with IAPs and then this thread is nothing but the very worst forumthink cynicism-GAF assumptions that any in-game store will be a horrific thing, despite the huge strides that in-game stores have made since the early days of the first F2P games in the mid to late 2000s.
 
#30
It just breaks all the logic for some decisions. Always online is nothing to do with the social stuff or pushing for cooperation as for all I know my neighbour is going to be buying loads of stuff.

Instead always online and social features are there to force competition with the aim of pulling in whales who'll become obsessed with optimising their small wee space over the competitions.

/sigh

if it doesn't affect my gameplay i don't see the problem
There is ZERO way in which this can not impact the gameplay.
 
#34
The EA effect.

Personally the focus on MP and online only really crushed any chance I had of buying it but this is pretty dirty too. They may as well make it a F2P game so we can have that rapey F2P-feel without having to spend $60 first.
The messed up part is I enjoyed the beta. There were certain questionable aspects in design, but I thought it had blended something pretty decently for newcomers and veterans. Then I remembered -- oh. Always online and, from what I understand, forced social structuring.

Sucks that the Reddit IAMA with Maxis that went to hell was all for naught.
 
#35
if it doesn't affect my gameplay i don't see the problem
Even if it's 100% vanity items/buildings, that's part of the gameplay of SimCty, the looks of your city, so it can't not affect the gameplay.

Also:
Click the banner on the main menu to enter the SimCity Store. Here, you’ll find special add-ons for sale. Select STORE to view the full list of additional game content (both free and paid) that can provide you with new gameplay possibilities
 
#40
Might cancel my pre-order to give me time to check what they are actually selling.
If it is just crap then I will get the game. If I get the feeling that they selling "things" which should have been in the game then I will skip this (god just saying it hurts...)
 
#48
They won't be as long as consumers eat this shit up.

Which they will.
SimCity will sell very well because of EA marketing.
I'm reminded of an old Jimquisition video that argues gamers should complain loudly over simply not buying a game because there's the chance of the publisher misinterpreting the message. This is where I started contemplating whether I'd be willing to spend the $60 for Sim City given some of the decisions being made, but I'm just still not sure. Maybe $20. Maybe $15. Or not at all. Then I wondered if EA would interpret that as "Well they don't want city-building sim games, MORE OVER-THE-SHOULDER THIRD-PERSON BRO MADDENS FOR ALL!" I already don't want Dead Space 3 based on that demo (maybe for the $20 or $15).
 
#49
Going to be the same as the Sims 3 then, where additional items made by the team will be priced in a in-game store. Like hats for buildings.

I don't mind reskins for pay. If you want your city to lake on a ancient Japanese city vibe, go and buy it for a few dollars. Types of buildings that change the dynamic of city building feels like a bridge too far though.