The Sims 4 Rewards program offers bonus content to Sims 3 owners

The Sims 4 is all about feelings , as you may have heard, and people who own The Sims 3 will enjoy—or perhaps suffer—even more of them than everyone else. Electronic Arts is offering a Sims 4 Rewards program that will unlock emotionally influential bonus content for owners of the previous Sims game.

A total of 13 Sims 4 Rewards are up for grabs, based on how much Sims 3 content you own. The base game nets you the "Let There Be Plumbobs" award, "Plumbobs" being those green diamonds used to identify selected characters; each owned piece of DLC brings with it another reward, like "Whatever the Weather" for The Sims 3: Seasons, or "Enchanted Aurora" for The Sims 3: Supernatural. And if you own all of it, you'll also be granted the bizarre-looking "Ultimate Freezer Bunny Award."

What specifically these rewards do isn't known just yet, but EA says each of them "will affect your Sims' emotions and personalities in a unique way." The bonuses will unlock automatically the first time The Sims 4 is launched, as long as the required Sims 3 content is attached to your Origin account. If you're not sure how to go about making that happen, detailed instructions are up on EA's help site . The Sims 4 Reward giveaway is valid until December 31, 2014.

Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.