Many disgruntled Sims 4 players tout a common refrain: the Sims 4 appears to retain its most jaw-dropping, game-changing updates for paid packs. Players who can only afford base game, the version of Sims 4 without expansion packs, may feel that Maxis reserves its best efforts for those who can afford it.
Snowy Escape, the much anticipated Sims 4 expansion pack set to release November 13th, is one that has encouraged ripples of extreme jubilation throughout the Sims community at large. Players look forward to purchasing the pack and enjoying such snow activities such as snowboarding, skiing, hot spring visiting, and mountain climbing.
But this expansion is remarkable not simply for its snowy day additions but also for its base game changes. That is, in the update that drops into Origin November 10th at 10AM PST, all players, regardless of whether they've purchased Snowy Escape or not, will receive a deluge of stunning new features in their games.
What to Expect in Base Game
Base game players can expect the following changes in their games:
YouTuber James Turner demonstrates the new platform ability
What does this all mean?
The new platform ability allows Simmers to build multilevel rooms without pesky foundation hacks. Players will be able to build stages, sink living rooms, create tiered staircases without actually using stairs. The result will be builds that will be more multi-dimensional than ever before.
In this update, Maxis offers an almost ridiculous number of new half-wall sizes to accompany new platforms. Because players can now raise and lower platforms to many wondrous new levels, half-wall sizes, which serve as floor finishing, also had to change. Players will not be able to drag the half-walls up and down the way as with the platform widget; rather, they will have nearly a dozen new wall sizes from which to choose.
Perhaps most notably, Tuesday's patch allows players to build vacation lots in any Sims 4 world. That is, if a player builds or places a beautiful resort or vacation home in Windenburg or Willow Creek or any other available Sims 4 world, they will be able to send Sims to vacation in it. Again, this means Sims are no longer limited to vacationing in Granite Falls, El Selvadorada, or Batuu; all worlds will open as vacation spots.
Sims Information Panel and Sentiments
Along with this update, Simmers will have access to a robust new personality system. Sentiments, or shared experiences, will cause Sims to hold grudges or fond memories of a certain person based on their experiences with that person. Poor interactions will yield poor sentiments, and good interactions will yield warm sentiments. Players can track these sentiments in a brand new info panel available to all players Tuesday.
While this is not the huge overhaul to be expected in December, which will offer brand new skin tone and make-up sliders, Maxis will quietly correct some inconsistencies in Sim appearance with this new update.
YouTuber James Turner shows off the new half-wall selections.
YouTuber IronSeaGull shows off the sentiments and the new base game info panel.
which update are you looking forward to the most? Tell us below in the comments! As always, stay safe, remove all your mods before updating, and happy Simming!