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The Sims 4: April – June 2017 Quarterly Teaser Predictions

If you’ve not yet seen The Sims team have finally released the quarterly teaser for Spring/Summer, probably the most anticipated 15 second clip in existence, and this one is a good one. I’m going to be looking at some of the main features we could see.

Please note that the name of the packs written below do not represent the actual names of these packs. We’ll learn more about the packs as we get closer to the release.

The Sims 4 Family Themed Game Pack (Spring 2017)

So let’s start with the first pack it shows, a brand new game pack with a family-orientated theme. Requested by so many this will hopefully give a boost to the stuff our Sims can do together. The best example to compare it to would be The Sims 3 Generations, this expansion pack brought new activities our families could do together and it’s this sort of stuff we could see.

Expanding Schools

School takes up so much of our Sim children and teenagers time so it would only make sense we would be able to follow them to school and help them ace any tests and make sure they don’t get pummeled in gym class. Having our Sims deal with mountains of school work and unfair teachers could be a great aspect, although this should be a completely optional feature similar to following our Sims to work.

Another fun feature we could be getting could be private schools, something we’ve not seen done properly since The Sims 2. Inviting the headmaster over to schmooze him into giving our Sims children and teenagers a place in a successful school.

Daycare

This is something already in game, when adults go off to work we’re given the option to send any toddlers and babies to daycare, but this is where the fun ends. This could easily be expanded upon, being able to run our own daycare or even following our toddlers to make sure they don’t get up to too much trouble.

Afterschool Activities

Another great feature they could add would be afterschool activities, allowing our children and teens to earn extra marks and make sure their grades are as high as possible. Hopefully if something like this was added we would be able to watch them do the actual activities rather than them disappearing and returning a couple of hours later. This would go great with an expanded school system.

Pre-teens

Although this may seem like quite a far-fetched idea we could easily get a new life state, just 3 months ago we got toddlers. Pre-teens would suit this pack very well although it would be a lot of work just for a game pack, it would also most likely have to be patched in to the game to make sure they are expanded upon in the future.

The Sims 4 Fitness Themed Stuff Pack (June 2017)

The next is a fitness orientated stuff pack, the teaser didn’t really give much away other than a few new pieces of furntiure and some new CAS items but let’s have a look at what features they might have.

New Equipment

Hopefully as well as new versions of existing equipment we can get some new stuff we’ve never seen before like rowing machines and a bicycle machine. Expanding upon the many exercise machines we already have would be a great addition to the game.

More Sports

At the moment we’ve  just got basketball in game but this could easily be expanded with stuff such as football and baseball, this would link in very well with the family orientated game pack adding in even more gameplay aspects.

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Duwsh

Hello, I'm Mike and I'm a Sims addict. I've been playing The Sims since I was 5 years old, most of my early memories of the game revolve around building the perfect houses and burning it down. Since those good days I've played every iteration and most of the spin-offs and have loved every single moment, hope you enjoy my articles!

  • This honestly excites me so much. I really hop they add preteens. That’d be pretty cool.

    And maybe I’m off but that Sim next to the toddler crying appeared to look pre-teeny….

    • Nuclearxpotato

      That’s a normal Teenager, compare her height to the bookshelf next to her.
      Unless you’re suggesting that we’re getting a fourth Adult-sized life stage (and one that would be based on the ages 11-15 nonetheless).

      • Fair point, but I’d still love to get pre-teens nevertheless. I can hope.

        • Nuclearxpotato

          Pre-teens are a good idea, but I think they should just be put into the Teen lifestage rather than creating a new one.

          • So change the teens we have now into preteens? I feel an additional life stage would be perfect because it’d be weird for a preteen to age right up into a YA, just like it’s strange for a child of 6-11 years to age up right into those adulty looking teens, who can do almost everything the adults can do (with different labels), except pregnancy/marriage/full-time job.

            Heck, I’d be willing to pay for the extra life stage in an upgrade if it comes to that or if it’s out of their budgeting.

          • Nuclearxpotato

            See, this is the biggest flaw I ave with any Sims game, real life has a lot of ‘grey zones’ in age things just sorta happen *around* a certain point. A preteen could show off the ages 12-14/15 (ages 7-11 are represented in the Child lifestage) for only a few people. Some people reach puberty at age 10 (!), some hit it at 15ish, and others may not fully reach it until they’re 17.
            Currently, the ages 16-18 are represented by teens. and then there’s the naming issue (ages 12-15 are NOT a pre-teen or tween, that’s a young teen) and a whole lot of other issues to figure out with creating preteens in any way, whether it be by changing teens or making a new stage.
            Also, what would they wear? Upscaled child CAS parts, or downsized Adult parts?

          • Pre-teenhood is when someone isn’t in their teens yet – the “pre” part means “before”, so 11-12-ish is preteen, regardless of when puberty hits. It’s all about age. Puberty comes when it comes and can even come early in real life (precocious). You’re right about the grey areas in real life and a simulation game can only go so far to reflect reality since things happen for folks at different times, nevertheless, preteens would spice the game up, in a lot of simmers’ opinions including mine. Apparently, Sims Freeplay has them, I found out. And if we never get them in Sims 4, I’d at least hope for a patch to make the teens more “teen” with acne/breakouts/mood swings/etc. And if a Sims 5 comes out, I’d hope for preteens to be added then.

            As for clothes, I suppose upscaled child CAS items, since the teens can wear whatever it is the adults are wearing.

          • Nuclearxpotato

            That’s exactly my point; there’s no need to fill the age gap of 12 to 15 in the Sims 4. The Pre-teen role is already filled in The Sims 4 with the Child life-stage. Pre-teens in The Sims Freeplay are actually just the Child life-stage. When people talk about adding a Pre-teen life-stage, they’re mostly talking about a pubertal age, not a pre-puberty life-stage (because, like I said, we already have a prepubescent life-stage in the form of Children [Ages 7-11]).

          • Well, I still would like them added regardless & I respect your perspective.
            It isn’t a necessity they be added but they’d be nice is all I’m saying. But, anyways, I feel this talk is quite dragged out by now. We clearly have different opinions and aren’t gonna budge on ’em.

          • Courtney Chadwick-Annan

            Oh my gosh, I literally made this comment on another page. I’m glad someone agrees with me. I don’t see the point of pre-teens because the Child life stage pretty much touches upon that already. I personally feel like they should be representing the ages 4-10. I feel like that’s missing. I mean, the addition of toddlers made things slightly better, but it didn’t fill the entire void. I don’t really feel like they do anything childlike. I mean, they have the tween channels on the TV and radio. The only thing they’re missing is romance interactions, lol. Everything about them screams pre-teen to me. So yeah, I feel like they need to add things in the game to make the children more child-like. Then there could be a pre-teen life stage.

  • Courtney Burgess

    what about soccer and tennis that could be added into this stuff pack to you know D:

  • And no expansion pack

    • ZweliSims

      maybe we’ll get one in the july-september quarter

      • ZweliSims

        it makes sense, the last 2 quarters of the year seem to be the most common for EP’s

  • shaquana hyatt

    All that’s good but it would be better if we had a sewing and papermashe machine as well. Papermashe machine im talking about is sommething that makes vases

  • Ania Gie

    and teacher active career, don’t forget about that, OK? 😛 it’s bloody important

  • shaymoore20

    A sewing or tailor options would be good too. Like in the sims 2 where you could make toys…bears and sale them. Possibly adding a new profession to add some income in different ways.

  • Whitney

    I really want more playground equipment for children and preteens would be a cool addition too.