SPECULATION: Ability to choose “Favorites” could soon be coming to The Sims 4

Please note that this post is pure speculation and doesn’t contain any official confirmation from The Sims Team other than what we’ve found in the official game code.


The latest Sims 4 patch added a XML file (named sims.favorites.favorites_tuning) with “Favorites” data. Right now, Sims only have Favorites related to magic, but the system could be reused in future packs, or even base game content in the future.

The file mostly consists of references to resources that require Realm of Magic and weren’t included in the patch, so it’s hard to tell exactly what the “Favorites” are, but some seem to be related to elements like fire and water. A Sim’s Favorites will override certain visual effects when riding or landing a broom. They probably do other things as well, but the majority of the code is probably in the pack itself.

A similar feature where Sims were able to choose “Favorites” was present way before in The Sims 3. Considering that the latest update has added a whole new XML File in the Base Game that lets collect data over your Sim’s favorites, it could mean that this feature is being worked on and possibly released in the future. Do note that if this ever gets added to the game it could be a lot different with different categories being offered than what’s present in the screen down below, as well as that the system that they’ve just added could just be re-used for different packs and content coming in the future.

(taken from The Sims 3 CAS)

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  • Sims do have a kind of favourite system in the game but it’s like the hidden chopstick skill it’s hidden and the only things you sims has an opinion on are their favourite movie genre and weather preference which can be selected through a social interaction

    • Yeah I have a mod that allows hidden traits to show up (coolspear mod) and one of the things I add is favorite movies and an actual favorite drink (mcc) as well as cheat a few traits to complete sims that I like or specific townies. I also assign some npcs that way or use the npc mod.

      I would love to be able to select favorite foods, drinks, activities and other things that would make sims more likely to eat or do those things autonomously.

      • If you want mod for select what activities your sims like or don’t like try Love and Hate by Triplis. In that mod you choose all activities from packs you owns and you decide if they like to do it or not and sims do it autonomously or don’t do it at all.

    • @George_Sims01, thanks for pointing that out! :) Sims also have a favorite drink at the bar (but you can’t choose it, like you can weather), as well as either a hatred of or love for fruitcake, which you also can’t pick! :-)

  • haha, all the speculation I’m reading at the moment I’m like “this totally means university is next” and some how I have now linked this to mean University is next and I think it may work like the attraction Turn on and Offs like in TS2… of course could be completely wrong but that’s what I love about The Sims

  • It could be to do with the new brooms and wands. Sims can have multiple in their inventory and choose a favourite they can use by default