Hey Howdy Hey Tappers!
It looks like EA is once again breathing a little bit of new life into TSTO and trying something different again! Well…kinda something old, but a different spin on it!
Folks, it looks like episode tie-ins are back!
But in a new way….
We haven’t seen an episode tie-in in TSTO since 2018! After being such a fun part of the game since its inception, it’s really nice to see them make a comeback with the start of Season 33 this weekend!
Now, these episode tie-ins will be a bit different than what we’re traditionally used to…and honestly I’m ok with that! It looks like EA is putting a new spin on things, and an attempt to make it more fun and link it directly to the episodes.
So what’s this all about? Well, let me break down as much as I know so far…
When you log into your TSTO game today you’ll see an in-game update start to download…no it’s not your eyes (or your phone) playing tricks on you…it’s an actual update. This will load in the Season 33 prize track update.
Once you launch TSTO you’ll start to see a popup appear in your game…
And then you’ll see the Season 33 icon appear in the top right corner, right next to daily tasks…
From there, if you click on the icon, you’ll see another message popup with a little more specifics about what to do…
And again, no your eyes are not playing tricks on you…that really says check back after midnight (east coast) to see the special prize. (for time zone converter click here)
It looks like EA wants to give everyone, across all 4 mainland US timezones (sorry HI and AK) a chance to watch the episode BEFORE launching the prize. So for those of us on the East Coast, we’ll have to either stay up late or unlock the prize in the morning.
So what’s the first prize? Well, you guys know our official policy here is to NOT release spoiler info unless we get it directly from EA with the ok to release it. (ie our event packets) So, I’m not going to directly say what the prize is…BUT if you look in your character collections, you’ll see that a new character has been added to Helpful Guest Stars…
How do you unlock the prize? Well, from what I can tell it looks like there will be a series of 1hr tasks for characters…and for those who like to plan ahead those characters are: Marge, Homer, Kirk, Dr. Hibbert, Smithers, Helen Lovejoy, Barney, and Lenny…you’ll also have to collect some sort of even currency. However, at the moment, it’s not clear to me if those characters will earn that currency on their 1hr tasks, or if you have to earn that currency in a different way.
So what are the rest of the prizes after this one? Well, EA’s being secretive about it (for a change) and honestly, I really appreciate that! It’s fun still having some mystery in the game!
I can tell you, as of right now, it looks like there will be 5 Season 33 prizes total. Most dates are TBD, but there is a date listed for the second prize. That date is October 10/11th. Which is when the THOH episode is slated to air!
And that’s all the info I can give you for now! Look for something different and exciting to hit our games after the Season 33 premiere airs on the West Coast of the US this Sunday, September 26th! Oh and look for Safi’s episode reminder to be up, with the episode synopsis, on Saturday!
Thoughts? Excited to see something different? How frequently do you think we’ll see prizes added? Sound off below, you know we love hearing from you!