A few days ago, The Sims team released the first of three new Kits. Kits are smaller bite sized pieces of additional content that offer even more variety and options to The Sims 4. The first three Kits that were released are Bust The Dust, Country Kitchen and the Throwback Fit Kits. Even though the reveal of the Kits didn’t quite go to plan with the information being discovered after the most recent update, an official announcement, livestream and release followed on 2nd March.
From the moment that the new Kits were discovered, the news was met with very mixed reactions. While some members of the community were curious to find out more about the first three Kits, there were many who shared their concerns. There was a number of questions popping up about Kits; whether they had an impact on future content, why are Kits now a new type of pack and more. The Sims team proceeded to answer some of the communities burning questions in a forum post.
Now, this isn’t the first time that The Sims team have tried something a little different. Back in March 2018 we saw the release of The Sims 4 My First Pet Stuff. This was the fourteenth Stuff Pack released for The Sims 4, except to be able to utilize all aspects of the stuff pack, you needed to also own The Sims 4 Cats & Dogs expansion pack. From the start, this pack’s release received mixed feedback, although it was met with more negative than positive feedback. Even now, nearly three years since its release, the pack is still subjected to mixed opinions and we haven’t seen another release like this since.
It is a bit of a surprise to suddenly see a new type of pack nearly seven years into The Sims 4’s lifetime and it does raise some questions. Is there a need for them? Will this be something we will continue to see released during the rest of The Sims 4’s life? Are they worth it? There are numerous questions that come to mind the more you think about the Kits.
I spent a lot of time reading through various tweets over the past few days both prior to the official announcement of Kits and the few days after. There was a lot to take in and there was a variety of positive and negative feedback. Yesterday I made my own tweet asking the community how they felt about the new Kits.
Simmers, I’m planning on writing an article over on @TheSimCommunity about the response to the new Kits that have just launched. It will be a mixture of community & personal opinions both positive & negative. Reply to this tweet with your thoughts & opinions! #TheSims
— Krista (@LeeksPlays) March 3, 2021
Firstly, I was blown away by the response I got to this tweet. Over 200 replies and still counting now as I write this. As I read through each of the replies, there were several concerns that clearly stood out and were consistent from many of the replies I received.
- The cost of the Kits and how that varies depending on which country you are in.
The CAS kit is lacking imo and it’s too expensive, £4.99 is the equivalent of $6.98 USD and it’s far too much for the content we got, even though the country kitchen kit seems decent I won’t be buying it
— Hannah (@garfgf) March 4, 2021
- The themes should be covered in either a Stuff Pack, Game Pack, Expansion Pack or Game Update
literally, it could of worked well with so many packs already in the game, could of been added to one of those “pack updates” that were being talked about a couple year ago..
— ️Miitopia⚔️ (@Miitopia_Hype) March 4, 2021
- They should be part of the base game or free/ there isn’t a clear need for more additional content options.
Kits are bad in concept because the last thing TS4 needs is more DLC. That said, they are also bad in execution because they add basic features (vacuuming) or CAS/BB that looks like everything else, instead of making more adventurous, niche stuff.
— Birth Queen (@birth_queen_ts2) March 3, 2021
- While these are all valid points, I hope over time The Sims Team could potentially address these and many more of the community’s concerns about Kits. However, the feedback wasn’t all negative. There are many players who shared positive feedback about the Kits.
- Like the option to have smaller Kits that can cater for more niche themes that don’t necessarily fit in a normal pack.
I love them because I can buy exactly the kind of content I want: build/buy and gameplay. Like I said under SimsCommunity’s tweet, I enjoy the idea of more frequent releases and more varied themes.
— DustBusterSims (@DustSims) March 3, 2021
- Great for Console players who don’t have the option to use Custom Content.
As a console player, i am extremely happy about it.. Since we don’t have any access to CC, the more new CAS and B/B items I can get in my game the better. Hope they’ll be releasing these on a monthly basis and if I like the theme, I’ll be more than happy to spend my money on it.
— Denesn88 (@Denesn881) March 3, 2021
- Love the smaller kits and the variety instead of being tied to a pack
Love them! The ability to get some new items without having to buy packs we’re not really interested in appeals to me.
— Lil’Biscuit (@Charonne45) March 3, 2021
Overall, the feedback hasn’t seemed more one-sided than the other; there was a good mixture of varying feedback from both sides. Even players who were undecided about the Kits, whether because of the pricing or the current themes, seemed to be optimistic that it was something they may consider in the future. There was also a number of players who spoke about seeing The Sims Team collaborate with custom content creators for future Kits.
I like the concept of a little pack. I honestly think the value of a pack isn’t right. For example in comparison you get more stuff worth your money if you get the kitchen stuff or the throwback stuff, but, if you get the dust kit it’s way over priced
— (@simplybujo) March 4, 2021
It’s somewhat important to remember that The Sims 2 and The Sims 3 both had their own online stores. These offered you the opportunity to purchase smaller pieces of content. Could this be The Sims 4’s version of the store?
Personally, I’m still undecided on Kits and I feel that it’s too early to truly tell how I feel about them. I think that it was a good idea to release these three together as they targeted three different areas of the game with gameplay, Create A Sim and Build mode content. It gives you an idea as to how flexible Kits can be and how they can target different areas of the game. I do wish they had considered bundling them together or offered a discount if you were buying them individually. I would like to hope The Sims team also address the concerns about the pricing of Kits.
Going forward, I’m going to stay optimistic and curious about the future of Kits. I doubt it will be long before we find out more about the next Kits and when they are due to be released. It is reassuring though that they won’t have any impact on future stuff, game of expansion packs. The fact they are so small does give the team scope to explore many themes that wouldn’t really work as well maybe in a pack on its own. I’ve seen some great ideas popping up on Twitter which could potentially work well in a Kits format, some of which tied into hobbies, sports specific and even world Kits. Providing they are done in the right way, I think Kits could work really well, especially for console players!
What are your thoughts on the new The Sims 4 Kits, and what are some themes you’d love to see covered by them in the future?