The new installment in the Sims franchise is coming out next month, and publisher EA is providing a little incentive for established The Sims 3 players to move over to the new game. Players can register their copies of the older title and its expansions, earning in-game bonuses for The Sims 4.

There are 13 possible awards, which include a variety of PlumbBob-shaped decorations for your house. Each one has its own unique function, too, altering the moods and personalities of your sims. If you register your copy of The Sims 3 and each of the game's 11 (!) expansion packs, you can unlock The Ultimate Freezer Bunny Award, which is the centerpiece of the image above – and presumably, your life.

If you'd like to learn more about what The Sims 4 is offering players, check out our latest preview on the game, where we break down some of the game's new tools and interactions.

Thanks for the news tip, Amanda Greene!

[Source: EA]


Our Take
This is a nice little treat for fans who keep up with the franchise on a game-by-game basis. I enjoy getting rewarded for my loyalty (something I've said Ubisoft does well with its UPlay program), and it's something I'd like to see more of. The Sims gets a bad rep for nickel-and-diming its user base through all of those expansions, but they're at least giving some in-game rewards credit for doing so as players move forward.