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We’re really concerned about Snow in The Sims 4 Seasons

UPDATE: SimGuruKate has tweeted that the team is aware of the comments on the snow and that, although they can’t share much yet, Seasons has much more to offer than what was shown in screens / trailer.

The Sims 4 Seasons Expansion Pack has finally been revealed to the world yesterday. Yes, we’re definitely liking what we’re seeing so far about the game but one aspect is definitely itching our eye…

If you’ve played The Sims 2 Seasons Expansion Pack then you probably know that snow in this pack had 2 depths – light and deep. The deep layer of snow made it so that any object (or Sim) placed outside had a realistic look of being deep inside of snow. Sims that are standing inside the deep snow don’t have their feet shown. Well, not until you hover over with the X-Ray cursor in case you ever had it enabled, but you definitely get the point.

The Sims 3 Seasons offered a similar experience, although it provided players with a whole gradient of different snow depths. As expected, all objects and Sims found outside would have their feet / bottom part of any object inside of snow.

However, it seems that The Sims 4 Seasons Expansion Pack is doing things…differently. In assets that we’ve seen so far, all Sims and objects are “floating” above snow with not much information on how that snow is actually deep.

In previous Sims games we were able to build a snowman only with a deeper level of snow. In the image below, you can see two Sims building a snowman with snow on the ground that shows no information on how deep it actually is. We can assume that there’s enough snow for Sims to build a snowman, but no matter what the conditions are Sims and objects always seem to float above snow.

Another screenshot released by SimGuruGeorge shows a house in Windenburg covered in snow. Although at first it may look like there’s a lot of Snow going on the roof, there’s nothing much but an optical illusion giving you a feel that there’s a layer of snow when actually it looks like some additional shadows were added on particular angles of the roof.

Is snow in The Sims 4 Seasons nothing but a cosmetic paint added to terrain, plants and objects? We’re still looking for answers and will let you know as soon as we know more information.

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    • I don’t think of it as ‘crapping’ on anything, when there’s a fanbase and a passion, people want the best for the thing they care about. People have been waiting a long, long time to see seasons in TS4 and I think it’s only right that people should expect more than they got from a game which is 14 years old. I think it’s a great thing that we, as consumers, have the ability to question and critique products 🙂

    • Some people seem to thrive off of being unsatisfied and miserable and like to hang that mellow dramatic drama filled cloud on others so they can feel the same.

    • Anna I’ve been saying the same thing myself, and this time it’s the influencers who are whining proven by the post above. I hate how this community feels entitled to everything that they DON’T deserve.

      • Yeah we don’t deserve stuff from a game that we’ve been loyal to for 4 years and spent hundreds of dollars on only to be given in return a bunch of horse shit.

        • It’s not a “deserve” or “don’t deserve” thing, and I hate when people make it that way. It’s a business transaction. Like it? Buy it. Don’t like it? Don’t buy it. Enough people don’t buy it, and they’ll change. But how much money you’ve spent on previous versions of the game don’t matter. EA is a *business* and they do things to *make money*. Saying you “deserve” something from a game is entitled nonsense. EA owes us *nothing*.

  • In some scenes at the trailer, the roof seems to be a little better that the roof in that picture. But the floor, OMG, this is very very wrong. I hope that they are working on it. Wishing that the trailer was made some time ago and since that they is working on it.

    • From what I’ve ready there is just one level of snow. I guess this was done due to performance concerns with the past two games when the snow got deep.

  • Really? That’s some first world problems. I love Sims and I love the community, but I have to admit – this one is the one of the whiniest communities there is, lol.

    • If you settle for anything, ‘im so sorry. We have not waited for nearly 4 years for an expansion pack about seasons to discover that snow is just a terrain painting that any modder with the least experience knows how to do.

    • Exactly! Sometimes I can’t even look at posts because all people do is complain. They really ruin the fun aspect of playing a GAME.

    • Lol It’s the tradition for every seasons expansion pack. They’ve done it in the past so it must be present in the latest game as well. It would be such a huge downgrade if they don’t. The sims 4 is a huge downgrade itself.

    • Anna I’ve been saying the same thing myself, and this time it’s the influencers who are whining proven by the post above. I hate how this community feels entitled to everything that they DON’T deserve.

    • Anna I’ve been saying the same thing myself, and this time it’s the influencers who are whining proven by the post above. I hate how this community feels entitled to everything that they DON’T deserve.

  • I think the reason for this is so that persons with lower spec PC’s or laptops can play without major bugs and lags

    • They can cater to both lower spec and higher spec perfectly fine. And yet they don’t. Well sorry low spec players but I really really hope TS5 is going to go back to the old ways.

    • If the Sims 4 got dumbed down from what 2 & 3 were………what do you think they’re going to do with 5. If they’d stop worrying about PC performance then none of this would look cheap.

    • i know every pack in TS4 always has a dissapointment ugh why is the team so lazy?! god damn it i hate them so much -.- ANY MODDER CAN MAKE THIS

  • Are we sure it doesn’t get deeper as the snow gets heavier though? Maybe they just filmed the trailer in light slow? One of the photos show the feet on top, another one shows it up to their calves, so I’m thinking it’s still a possibility.

  • It will be just weird if the snow has no depth. Like, doing snow angels on solid floor? How does that even works…

  • I’m really not concerned with snow depth. It think as long as it has foot prints in it when a Sim or pet walks, it’s fine. Honestly, the really deep snow annoyed me. I’d like to see them maybe slip and fall on ice…something new.

  • I literally just saw a tweet of a sim guru saying the same program for sims 3 weather is being used for sims 4, socwhy cant they create snow depth? It literally looks so lazy!! Like it’s just a white terrain or roof paint! So disappointing!!!

  • I literally just saw a tweet of a sim guru saying the same program for sims 3 weather is being used for sims 4, socwhy cant they create snow depth? It literally looks so lazy!! Like it’s just a white terrain or roof paint! So disappointing!!!

  • Is it just me who doesn’t care that there is no depth? Like come on people it’s just a game the only snow depth you should care about is the snow in real life.

  • Really? How deep the snow is? Come on now lol You finally get seasons and still find something to complain about.

  • Ya wanted seasons. Ya got seasons. But now you’re gonna complain about it? lol this is sims FOUR!! this is EA. want deeper snow? that’ll be 10$ extra.

  • Really? This? This is what we have to complain about? We’re getting seasons and need to get over ourselves. It’s snow. So what?? “Really concerned”? Come on now. This community looks for reasons to complain, even if there’s so much goodness coming out of something like this.

  • My opinion is that the photo’s are all of when the season just started, which means of course there wouldn’t be a thick layer of snow!

  • I personally don’t have an issue with no depth of snow. I have a feeling it would cause problems, including heavy lagging, in gameplay. The loading screens would probably be twice as long since it’s not an open world concept. Of course, they are always enhancing and improving, and I respect the fact that they were focusing elsewhere on this one. I much rather not miss out on many simple, yet amazing, features just because they worked so long on snow depth.

    http://simscommunity.info/2018/05/30/the-sims-4-seasons-simgurugrant-confirms-snow-has-no-depth/