Sims News: September 10th-17th
The speculation cycle of the larger Sims community ratcheted up considerably this week. Sims FreePlay rounds out the month of September with the return of the Mean Curls hobby event and a brand new Sim Chase; Sims Mobile Game Changers hinted at a new game feature via dropped treasure map fragments, and Sims 4 Gurus slowly resurfaced on Twitter amid a slew of fresh player speculation about the next pack.
The Sims FreePlay
Mean Curls, a fan favorite hobby event, returned to Sims FreePlay September 9th. Players urge their Sims through session after session of the fashion design hobby; after earning each hobby badge and filling up the fashion hobby tracker, the player earns a new adult female hairstyle. On September 15th, School Scuffles, a brand new Sim Chase, triggered in-game. Players compete against a rival Sim to earn school-themed prizes. Because September 23rd will bring both the Urban Furniture hobby event and the Holiday High-Rise live event, FreePlayers can expect a new gamut of events for the month of October and after the Teen Retreat Sim Chase on September 26th.
The Sims Mobile
Change is coming to Sims Mobile, and it’s a change Simmers have anticipated for weeks. After a month of no significant updates, players knew something new was on the horizon.
This week, beginning Monday, September 14, the Mobile Game Changers began dropping cryptic pictures into the awaiting Twitterverse void. The dropped clues depicted torn, yellowed treasure map fragments littered with such strange trinkets as golden freezer bunnies and copper skull coins. LukethePlumbob revealed his map fragment first, followed by Mal Simmerdown, Salix Cat, and more. Every few hours, a new Game Changer dropped another map fragment until onlooking Simmers were tearing out their hair with anticipation. Mobile Simmers buzzed with the possibility of an Indiana Jones-like feature, a venture into the Jungle Adventure assets of Sims 4.
If all this were not enough, TheMobileSimmer uncovered a clue that pointed Simmers firmly in a new direction. In January, the Sims Mobile News proposed a new kind of event involving an invading band of pirates. The pirates storm Simville under the tutelage of ruthless Captain Pinkbeard. SimGuruIlya posted a speculative reaction, a pair of emoji eyes, as a response to the idea.
The final, completed map revealed an ancient Aztec-like temple amid a sprawling forest, a clear allusion to Sims 4’s Jungle Adventure. In the game pack, Simmers travel to an ever-evolving ancient temple at the heart of El Selvadorada; the temple offers riddles, puzzles, artifacts, relics, walking skeletons, treasures, blessings, and ancient curses. Some of these relics are the elusive golden freezer bunny about which Simmers have speculated for days. Will the new Sims Mobile update bring pirates to the game? Can Simmers expect a new jungle island? A scavenger hunt feature? Only time will tell.
The Sims 4
In the wake of Journey to Batuu’s somewhat controversial release, the Sims 4 community largely simmered down this week. Simmers quietly played the newest game pack with far less outward irritation.
As the holiday season approaches, Sims 4 is certain to soon unveil a new, full expansion pack. Rumors have begun to swirl. After scouring the Sims 4 hiring site and dissecting SimGuruNinja’s Twitter cover picture habits, Simmers like Star Shuz have begun to wonder if the next pack will be Medieval-themed. The spin-off pack, Sims Medieval, was wildly popular, and the team has shown a penchant for new, fresh ways to play Sims 4.
What do you think is coming next? Let us know on Twitter!
Until next time, stay safe, wear your mask, and happy Simming!
10/18/2020 01:15:31 am
This is the only thing that is keeping me sane these days. I do not have a life outside of my work, which is why I play games as a hobby. The sims is not the most exciting of all games, but they are still better than real life. They are all just as simulation, I get that, but they are a bit more than that. I hope that we can all talk about it more, they should be mainstream by now.
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