Snowy Escape: The Basics
The official Sims team revealed the newest Sims 4 expansion pack, Snowy Escape, on October 19th, 2020.
While the Sims 4 news cycle is generally predictable, involving a steady stream of off-hand hints and guru-generated clues in the weeks before a new expansion release, the days before the newest expansion pack release was eerily, in Pixelade’s words, “air-tight.”
There were no light-hearted hints this time, only a near stony silence from the Sim gurus.
However, all this changed early October 19th, when the official EA Twitter account broke its silence.
The newest pack art reveals not only Sims engaging in such snowy weather activities such as snowboarding and sledding, but also hinted at Asian-inspired architecture. Behind one of the Sims, who points at something in the distance, is a pagoda, the iconic type of building endemic to Chinese, Korean, and Japanese culture!
Sim Guru Graham later confirmed that, behind the scenes, the Sims team collaborated with Game Changers James Turner, Deligracy, Lil Simsie, and Simlicy to create this much-anticipated pack. He also said that players will experience Mt. Komorebi, a new world, October 20th at 8AM PT/11AM EST.
Simmers were quick to drum up excitement for this pack. Earlier this year, the Sims team rolled out a survey which asked players what they desired in future packs. A snowy getaway neared the top of the list alongside more diverse architectural representations.
Some Simmers, however, insist that the features of Snowy Escape should have been imbedded in the Seasons pack.
However, over all, player reception has been warm.
Snowy Escape: What to Expect
A few weeks ago, a few Simmers were quick to notice a brand new, snowy area on Lil Simsie’s screen. After screenshotting, the players informed the rest of the community that the next pack would involve snow. Back then, Simmers were largely wary of this idea and dismissed it as a deep fake.
The official unveiling confirms this accidental leak as truth. So what can we expect from this new pack?
Look forward to
-New, Asian inspired architecture like pagodas and curved, intricate bridges.
-New snow day activities such as snowboarding and sledding
-New, cold weather outerwear
-New environs which include mountains and mountain tops
-New activities which involve mountains such as rock climbing
And much more!
What are your hopes for the newest expansion pack? Tell us below! Keep it locked here for detailed updates and a closer look at the upcoming expansion pack!
Stay safe, stay warm, and happy Simming!
The Sims 4 team has officially kicked off the spooky Halloween season with a new round of Sims Spark’d!
As usual, Simmers can choose to participate in one of three categories: stylist, builder, or storyteller.
This challenge is all about crafting a new creature, “never seen” in the Sims universe before. Simmers must use CAS, build mode, and their own creative storytelling skills to create this creepy creature’s appearance, their abode, or their story.
What story will you tell?
Family, Food, and Vibrancy
Admittedly, Hispanic Heritage month is a largely American phenomenon. Our proximity to both Central and South American countries has an encouraged a free exchange of culture, ideas, language, and foods. Yet, the contributions of Hispanic people is evident worldwide, and this is what Maxis, the minds behind the popular Sims 4 franchise, seek to highlight this October.
In an update dropping October 6th, 2020, Sims 4 developers will showcase hispanic culture as an amalgamation of many cultures, including Brazilian. As a part of this free, base game update, players will receive beautiful new pots, traditional coal-based grills, mosaic tables, lovely new chairs, and stunning murals.
Focusing on the unifying themes of bold, vibrant colors and tight-knit family, Maxis has also included and male, female, and children’s CAS items in this update.
Bold new tattoos, almost Aztec-like in appearance, have also been added to base game.
If this were not enough, in addition to the theme
of vibrancy and family, the Sims 4 team has “exploded” the available grill recipes. All grills will now include recipes for elotes, grilled plantains, and many more delicious, traditional Hispanic dishes.
What excites you most about this update? Tell us in the comments below!
Stay safe, wash your hands, and happy Simming!
The Sims collectively, considering both mobile and PC iterations, hummed along dutifully predetermined tracks these past few weeks. As summer in the western hemisphere lurched into an unofficial autumn, The Sims as a franchise delivered few surprises as a whole. The Sims FreePlay plugged along with its regularly scheduled Inner Child’s Play treehouse quest and introduced the new School’s out live event. The Sims Mobile Game Changers unveiled new purchasable packs, two new Wumples quests, and an unexpected pair of free offerings to celebrate the new Sims 4: Journey to Batuu game pack, which released September 8th. It is, presumably, the quiet before the storm, a lull in groundbreaking news before the holiday season arrives. Fresh news is most assuredly on the horizon.
The SIms FreePlay
FreePlay wrapped up its latest Sim Chase only to dip back into a fan-favorite quest: Inner Child’s Play. This quirky quest guides the player through an adorable storyline involving a child’s birthday party, a semi-helpful but fabulously dressed witch, and a hapless friend named Crystal, who struggles to wrangle a houseful of hungry children. The player earns a treehouse for completing this quest, a prize that players can use for both adults, teens, and preteens.
Most notably, FreePlay began its fresh live event: School’s Out. During this event, the player makes mountains of craftable materials such as pottery, glassware, jewelry, and candles. The player trades these items for various themed prizes. During “School’s Out,” players earn prizes like school desks, science lab stations, new flooring, brightly colored school doors, vending machines, a principal’s desk, and far more. As a grand prize, Simmers earn a fully built, full furnished school building. FreePlayers can stay tuned for the return of “Mean Curls,” which repopulated into the game September 9th, and the newest Sim Chase, which begins September 15th.
The Sims Mobile
On August 25th, Sims Mobile Game Changers confirmed what mobile Simmers witnessed earlier as a leak: the introduction of the newest Sweet Treat Showdown — Cultured Kitchen. Beginning August 31st, this event offered mobile players various kitchen accoutrements such as new counters, islands, womenswear, bread loaves, and similar clutter material. The grand prizes for successfully opening all prize boxes are a countertop pizza oven, a seriously smart fridge, and cutely curled side style for women.
Game Changers also churned out news about two new purchasable packs. The first pack, Kitchen Essentials, popped September 5th for $7.99 USD. It included:
The highly anticipated Labor of Love pack will trigger for players September 16th. Costing $9.99, the pack offers:
Furthermore, Wumples #36 and #37 also dropped. In return for a grueling five day to-do list, Wumples the bunny offers Simmers the Very Voguish Vase and the Perfect Perfume on September 6th, and the Sitting and Staring doll alongside the Forget me Knit plush doll on September 21st.
Finally, with just days before the release of Sims 4: Journey to Batuu, Sims Mobile offered its players two free Star Wars themed packs. The first, an adorable stuffed version of The Child, affectionally deemed “Baby Yoda,” was actually a rerun of the earlier May 4th offering. The second pack featured a dancing DJ R-3X, a droid-shaped stereo. It also offered two lightsaber wall lights in six different colors.
The Sims 4
Plagued by the stalwart discontent of their players, the Sims 4 developers were relatively quiet these two weeks. The overall reception for their newest Star Wars pack has been mixed, with many well-known Game Changers openly mocking the move as “niche” at best and foolishly timed at worst. The franchise rolled toward the release date with little fanfare, not even a guru-led livestream, and it quietly released September 8th without a hitch.
Sim Guru Lyndsay took to Twitter once more to address player grievances, assuring them that although babies, drivable cars, and farming will not be in the upcoming expansion pack, that change, good change, is coming. Devs announced weeks ago, of course, that improved skin tones would enter the game this fall in a patch. With the holidays coming up, Maxis is also due to release a brand new expansion pack. Players have already begun to speculate on the contents.
That’s all for now, but change is in the air, friends. Keep it locked here for more Sims news!
Stay safe, love your loved ones, and happy Simming.
The Sims rolled out a new Sims Spark’d season with a glittering new theme: Golden Years.
Compete with other avid Simmers in this brand new challenge by showing off your fabulous elder Sims, their homes, and their amazing lifestyles as they bask in the best years of their lives.
Contestants may submit their creations here: https://www.ea.com/games/the-sims/sparkd/
Submissions fall into three categories: Stylist, Builder, or Storyteller. Contestants may enter one category, a combination, or all three! Winners are featured on the official Sims Spark’d page and are entered into a pool for the reality show Sims Spark’d!
What will you create? Tell us in the comments below, and happy Simming!
Simmers are an often loud and opinionated bunch. Increasingly frustrated by the lack of appropriate skin tones, meaningful gameplay, and non-glitchy Sim sessions, many Simmers have raised their voices in adamant displeasure.
Journey to Batuu felt, collectively, like the proverbial nail in the coffin. Simmers railed against what they deemed poor decision-making at best and a disregard for cultural timing at worst. They flooded Maxis’s tweets and YouTube posts with a measure of discontent that hinged upon vitriol.
Thursday, September 3rd, Sims 4 gurus responded to the loud, often abrasive outrage with a letter to their beloved fans:
Lyndsay insists that the team is thoughtfully changing the game to meet player demands. Improved skin tones will pop into games this fall in a much-anticipated patch, and Simmers hear word of the next expansion pack in the coming weeks. While this pack will not include drivable cars, bunk beds, or farms, Lyndsay promises that this pack has been in the works for a very long time and, thus, will deliver.
What do you think is next for Sims 4? Tell us below in the comments!
Stay safe, stay kind, and happy Simming.
To prepare for the newest Sims 4: Journey to Batuu game pack, Sims 4 developers have released a hot, fresh patch with a few surprises folded into the update.
First, Sims now have the ability to “elope” to vacation spots! Want to get married in Granite Falls? This is your chance.
Secondly, Simmers may now more freely place windows on their builds! If they feel so inclined to do so, a player can even stack windows on top of each other. Huzzah!
Check out the blog notes below.
Disable your mods, stay safe, and may the Force be with you! Happy Simming!
Simmers every where waited with bated breath in the Gamescom YouTube stream. Shouting green, glowing hearts into the internet in lieu of plumbobs, Simmers settled onto the edge of the seats for the announcement they have been waiting weeks for: the unveiling of Sims 4’s ninth game pack.
After a parade of premieres which included infamous shooters such as Doom and Call of Duty, well-entrenched adventure series such as Crash & Bandicoot, and long anticipated RPGs such as World of Warcraft - Shadowlands and Bioware’s Dragon Age, Gamescom turned to EA’s newest Star Wars pilot game: Squadroon.
Immediately, the Sims community collectively held its breath. All speculated and buzzed that a Sims announcement would soon follow.
We were not disappointed.
Simmers watched as the familiar Sims 4 landscape transformed into the sandy dunes of Batuu. Sims wielded light sabers, watched spaceships jet across the sky, and simple Sim homes transformed into the joyful, dimly lit, music filled Star Wars bar: the Cantina.
With this pack, Simmers will be able to:
May the force be with Simmers, for this game pack zooms into Origin September 8, 2020!
Stay tuned right here for more detailed information about this stunning game pack’s contents!
What are you most excited about in this newest, out of this world game pack? Tell us in the comments below!
Stay safe, stay sane, and may the force be with you.
Gamescom Live has the Skinny
After weeks of silence and speculation, the Sims 4 team finally announced when and where they will reveal the ninth Sims 4 game pack!
As part of a special three-day event, Gamescom will unveil the newest game news from Crash Bandicoot, Ratchet & Clank, and yes, The Sims.
Tune in Thursday, August 27th at 11AM PST/2PM EST for the latest in Sims 4 news! Check out Gamescom’s opening day here at Openingnightlive.com!
This massive three-day event is usually held in person, but amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Gamescom team has transformed their approach and their venue into a stunning, virtual event no red-blooded gamer will want to miss.
What are you expecting from the Sims 4 team tomorrow? Let us know in the comments below!
The wheels of the Sims universe quietly turned this week. There was little to no earth shattering news from any of the three Sims realms, but as we near the end of August, rest assured that this relative silence is but the calm before the storm. Sims FreePlay continued its Influence Island exploration, Sims Mobile wound down Sweet Treats, and Sims 4 developers dropped some cryptic teasers, some of which may not have been intentional.
After an exciting new feature roll out, the Sims FreePlay developers largely watched over player experiences with Influence Island. Monday, August 17th, developers unveiled a probing quiz in order to measure player wishes for future updates. The quiz posed a variety of different themes players could choose from, including magical school themes, fitness themes, minimalist themes, maximalist themes, and many more.
August 18th, SimGuruAlana acknowledged a troublesome glitch that caused player games to crash when opening Influence Island. After assuring players that this would not occur for Influence Island season 2, several players scoffed, voicing their displeasure for the new game mechanic entirely.
Sim Chase #18 begins August 21st, featuring school-themed items such as bleachers, hoops, scoreboards and more.
All is quiet on the Sims Mobile front as the current Sweet Treats, Dream Garages, winds down. Players gear up for the newest Wumples, which populates in-game on August 23rd and features a unicorn-shaped piggy bank, a "friend-shaped" plush monster, and ten fashion gems as a prize. The end of August nears, so players should expect a new slew of announcements from the dev team soon.
The Sims 4
Sims 4 developers have had their hands full juggling the latest rounds of speculations on Twitter. They released a small bug-squishing patch which addressed gameplay issues such as: Sims obsessively knitting, pets refusing to eat without command, duplicating Dine Out foods, non-klepto SIms stealing from their own lots, the disappearance of "green world' phenomenon like the aurora borealis, and more.
But Wednesday, August 19th, SimGuruGeorge released a confusing tweet. The tweet read "Wednesday," and accompanied a picture of three Sims in Moschino gear. The male Sim in the forefront, dressed in a blue sweatsuit, appears stylishly pensive. "Do you pronounce the 'n' in "Wednesday?" George posed to his followers. Simmers speculate that a game pack announcement could drop next Wednesday, the last Wednesday of August.
If that were not enough, SimGuruNinja, caught explaining the difference between Sims 4 Parenthood and Sims 3 Generations as packs, may have inadvertently raised the hopes of Simmers everywhere for a Sims 4 generations pack. Ninja explained that Simmers shouldn't look too deeply into his tweet, but that players should never count anything out.
That's all for now, but stay tuned for more updates, which are assuredly on the horizon.
Stay safe, wash your hands, and happy Simming.