Today, the Sims 4 developer team unveiled the newest game pack addition to their steadily swelling pack ranks. Simply titled "Werewolves," this highly-anticipated game pack will drop June 16th. Thanks to a heart-stopping trailer and a plethora of eye-popping leaks, Simmers everywhere are salivating for the pack's contents.
In addition to satisfying the long-held wishes of occult-lovers, Sims 4: Werewolves finally delivers what many Sims 4 players have longed for - alternative clothing, grunge furniture, a new world, and fresh gameplay mechanics.
There is much to look forward to concerning this pack, but there may be a few details even the most discerning of Simmers may have missed.
Sims 4: Werewolves comes with a brand new, forested world for Simmers to enjoy: Moonwood Mill. The little town boasts just five buildable lots, but it offers the rundown, forgotten industrial aesthetic that many Simmers have expressed was missing from the game. That is, much of Sims 4 is perfectly pixeled and pristine. Available clothing and build swatches are usually brightly colored, unblemished, and undoubtedly beautiful - as one might, perhaps, expect from a children's cartoon or a similarly cheerful animated series. Even previous occult packs - Realm of Magic or Vampires for example - offered assets that were darkly ornate and pleasing to the eye. Builders or Sim creators had little to choose from if they wanted to create a world that felt truly forgotten, dirty, apocalyptic, or simply alternative.
Moonwood Mill breaks this unblemished mold in several ways, though the world is lovely in its own right. A forested world wrapped around an abandoned lumber mill, Moonwood Mill offers the rusted shells and monstrous iron relics of a forgotten industry suited for packs of misfits. The Werewolves trailer showed cranes and steel bridges alongside jutting cliffsides and thick woodland.
The new world offers a variety of additions to existing gameplay. Here, Players will be able to observe phases of the moon, most notably, the full moon. In addition, Moonwood Mill boasts the incredible Lake Lunvik, a swimmable lake that offers a new fish to catch: the Luna fish. Adventurous Sims can even explore the enormous maw that is Howling Point to pluck the elusive Moonpetal Flower.
But even this is not all that Moonwood Mill has to offer! The bravest of Sims can explore the intricate network of underground tunnels- "The Underground" - that run under town and house some of its deepest secrets.
Of course, the new world enjoys its fair share of shady locals, unique activities (many werewolves enjoy pit fighting), makeshift bars, and rundown community venues.
But all is not always well in Moonwood Mills, for it is home to two sometimes competing werewolf packs: the Moonwood Collective and the Wildfangs.
Sims 4: Werewolves is brimming with the alternative punk styles that many millennials will instantly recognize. The pack is filled with the ragged band t-shirts, punk hair, metallic accessories, razor sharp nails, thick leather boots, twisted scars, grunge plaid, and dark outfits that we all wore at our Panic! At the Disco pinnacles.
Even more notably, Sims 4: Werewolves allows Simmers to edit their werewolf form in many ways. Players will be able to customize the very face structure of their wolf forms, changing body shape, clothes, ears, eyes, tufts, scars, and more! Sim werewolves are a more fully integrated human-wolf form than in previous Sims iterations, with smaller heads and lanky, human-like legs. This allows the player to fully dress their wolf form, outfit them with piercings or jewelry, while bestowing them with floppier ears, a more substantial muzzle, or unique tattoo-like markings.
After the Werewolves official trailer dropped, SimGurus quickly donned new profile pictures on Twitter, each sporting a fresh, furry face unique to each guru's Simself. After all, The Sims is a game committed to allowing players free self-expression, even when the situation gets a little... hairy.
The build/buy options in Sims 4: Werewolves are unlike any that have graced the game before. Granting many players the grimy grunge often missing from the game as a whole, this pack offers patchy sofas, sagging punching bags, worn arches, peeling artwork, floor cracks, creaking bookshelves and makeshift bars, masculine leathers and heavy woods, faded carpet, piles of garbage, smelly clutter, broken barrels, and other frightening accoutrements required for an unsettling hide-out.
Players quickly pointed out a new bassinet and a fair host of other clutter items for builders to enjoy.
Gameplay: Werewolf Lore
Naturally, Moonwood Mill serves as home to werewolves, howling beasts that change from man to wolf under the full moon. The addition of this highly-anticipated and widely-requested occult will change gameplay in the Sims 4 in many ways.
Werewolves, like Vampires, come bursting with original, though-provoking lore, a set of fresh occult powers, unique need meters, and presumably a skill-tree. But unlike vampires, werewolves offer players a new facet of gameplay: pack play, during which Simmers can swear their furry fealty to the Moonwood Collective - peace-loving and tree-hugging werewolves who place a premium on self-control - or the Wildfangs - rebellious wolves in plaid and asymmetrical haircuts who fully embrace their inner beast.
But it is not so simple as choosing a side. Indeed, players will be encouraged to learn the do's and don'ts of either pack, becoming acquainted with their careful hierarchy. Learning alongside their beastly brethren, new wolves will gain a variety of new powers including:
In addition, the Sims team has revealed that, alongside the pack's release, it will also introduce body hair to base game.
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