Ever the optimists, it appears that a small section of The Sims fan base is still hoping that the first two games in the franchise will appear on Origin. Twitter user Nando_aze, a YouTuber from Germany, even started a petition about it, which is doing an excellent job of being only mostly ignored.
The campaign began with an incredibly polite tweet, which he addressed to Lindsay Pearson, the GM of The Sims franchise. In it, he asks if she will consider bringing The Sims 1 and 2 to Origin and take a look at his petition.
Hey @SimGuruLyndsay,— NANDO 🔜 gamescom (@nando_aze) August 19, 2019
I would kindly *ask* you to take a look at this petition and taking that wish into consideration. The Sims Franchise feels incomplete without having The Sims and The Sims 2 on Origin.
Lots of love.https://t.co/xhvbIsZE08
So far, the petition has gained a thousand or so signatures, although it has been online for less than a day. It remains to be seen how many signatures it will get, considering that many fans are currently distracted by the promise of more information about the upcoming Realm of Magic game pack for The Sims 4.
Fans' desire to play the earlier games in the franchise has long been a niche within the community. Many hark back to the days of those first titles, reminiscing about how much “better” they were. Also, with the franchise’s 20th anniversary coming up soon, even fans who wouldn't normally care are in the mood to get nostalgic and this is likely to be a reflection of that.
It may also have been inspired by YouTuber Arlo’s campaign to remaster Paper Mario: Thousand Year Door. That campaign gained some serious traction and was on Twitter for several days, amassing almost 35,000 signatures on its petition.
It remains to be seen if the campaign will gain much momentum. However, even if it does, bringing The Sims and The Sims 2 to Origin is not likely to be as simple as many believe.
Several years ago, Simmers who owned The Sims 2 were given a free Origin code for the ultimate edition of the game, which contained all of the expansion packs. While the game worked at first, as technology has moved on and running it has become harder and harder. Many who own it can no longer get it to work at all, despite trying several fixes.
Due to this incompatibility, there is a very real possibility that making these older titles work on modern PCs is not as simple as just adding them to Origin and would actually take up a significant amount of resources.
EA and The Sims team have not currently commented on the campaign.