The Sims 4 Island Living: Everything We Know So Far

It’s official! Island Living has been confirmed as the next expansion pack for The Sims 4! The announcement was made by @SimGuruLyndsay and @SimGuruDuke in a livestream at EA Play today, and they had a lot to share with us about the upcoming expansion pack.

Here’s everything we know so far about The Sims 4 Island Living!

  • The Sims 4 Island Living will be released for PC/Mac on June 21st, 2019.
  • The expansion is heavily influenced by Polynesian culture.
  • There will be a brand new island world called Sulani.
  • Sulani is a fully residential world, not a vacation destination.
  • The island of Sulani changes over time, depending on the choices your Sims make and how they treat the environment.
  • Sulani is home to an active volcano. The volcano can erupt at times!
  • The neighbourhoods are diverse. Sims can live near the coast or higher up in the hills.
  • Sulani has alcoves that your Sims can explore.
  • New tropical fish.
  • There are dolphins in Sulani that your Sims can befriend. The dolphins can do tricks and squirt water at your Sims.
  • New activities include riding the new aqua zips across the water, suntanning (and sunburns), snorkeling, building sand castles, looking for seashells, and playing some mischievous pranks on unsuspecting Sims.
  • Sims can swim in the ocean.
  • There is a new Conservationist career where your Sims will be able to help protect Sulani’s eco-system and take care of the island to make it a better place for everyone.
  • In addition to the Conservationist career, Sulani has a variety of odd jobs your Sims can perform on their own time to make some money. These jobs have more flexible hours and allow your Sims to work part-time as a lifeguard or scuba instructor. Fishing has been expanded to fit in with these new odd jobs.
  • The locals are very friendly and helpful. They might even run into your house to help you put out a fire!
  • Tradition and culture are central to life on Sulani.
  • Sims can partake in new social activities native to Sulani, like pit BBQs and kava parties.
  • There are elemental spirits on Sulani who care very much about the island’s well being. They can help Sims who do their part to protect Sulani’s environment. They can also be problematic to Sims who disrespect the island.
  • New traits unlock some new behaviours related to the island.
  • Island Living comes with a wide variety of colourful and vibrant Polynesian-inspired clothing, accessories, hairstyles, and Build/Buy decor.
  • Lounge chairs will be coming in this expansion!
  • New lots that can be built over the water on stilts. Sims will be able to jump into the water directly off the decks of these lots.
  • Mermaids are a new life state introduced in Island Living. They are fully playable Sims that can be created in CAS.
  • Mermaids have a close relationship with dolphins, along with some special powers.

What new feature of Island Living are you most excited about? Let us know in the comments or come chat with us on social media!

Missed the reveal trailer? No problem! See the official trailer here!

Written by SnarkyWitch

I'm a 28-year-old author and Sims-addict based in Canada. I've been a diehard Simmer since it all started back in 2000 and I'll be focusing on providing you with some great tips and tricks to get the most out of your Simming experience here on SC. When I'm not Simming, I'm writing my next novel. To date, I've published The Heaven Corporation and Wanderer.


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    • I don’t think the base game worlds will be but maybe the newer ones and likely those coming after this EP. I think a guru talked about swimming in released worlds about a year or so ago on Twitter or a livestream.

      • I agree. I can see them updating newer worlds like Brindleton Bay to have swimmable oceans, but probably not older ones like Windenburg.

    • I don’t believe so. I once read Sim Guru Grant tweet that that would require recoding in some way the whole worlds themselves or remaking them even, I don’t remember exactly how he worded it. They might make future packs that haven’t been released yet have that ability, but not prior ones.

  1. I’m so excited, & I can’t wait for it to come out!! I was hoping for also that there was a surfer aspiration, learn how to hula dance & surf, & harvest pineapple & coconuts.

  2. witch doctor perhaps, live in a creepy hut far off the grid, and lure Sims to do whatever u want to them, haha. be cool to see if they have accents too.

  3. I wonder if there’s going to be a way to turn an existing sim into a mermaid like in Sims 3 there was a special plant that you got from a mermaid once you became good enough friends with them

    • Yes there is a fruit you can eat and if you eat two or someting you wil become a mermaid it can also turn your mermaid human if you eat two of them

  4. Was wondering if it’s possible to make existing sims mermaids?? I have my perfect sim in mind and i so want to make her a mermaid ‍♀️

    • On origin its normaly $40.00 but you can also get it on sites like for way cheaper ($26.00 or something like that) thats where i always get it from and when you pre order its even cheaper most of the time

  5. Lookingv forward to having a posh snobby fam with a island loving mermadic child snd father looking to exploit mermaids xxx

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