The Sims 4

The Sims 4 Official Survey: Vote for Potential New Features and Improvements!

The Sims Team has released another big community survey for The Sims 4!

In this survey, you’ll be voting and prioritizing some of the potential features that might be coming to the game in the future. You can vote on the official survey by clicking the button down below!

VOTE!

Here’s all the ideas that they’ve listed in the survey:

Culinary Quest

  • Take on the role of master chef. 
  • Find the best ingredients, create recipes, and keep that kitchen running through the dinner rush. 

Fan Club Creator

  • Immerse your Sims in fandom. 
  • Create fan clubs, collect rare memorabilia and express your love, drive a craze that could take over the town. 

NPC Story Progression

  • Now your neighbours come to life. 
  • Sims outside of your household live their lives from birth, marriage and death. Imagine the possibilities when the drama can start next door. 

Shopping Malls

  • All your retail needs under one roof. 
  • Hang out, find deals, and discover that perfect outfit for the night ahead in full retail experience, mall cop included. 

Cheer

  • Immerse yourself in the world of cheerleading where focus is king and distractions are dangerous. Keep the team together, build routines and make sure to stick the landing. 

Growing Pains and Life Issues

  • Life is hard. Now your sims feel those physical and emotional changes as they grow up. 
  • Realistic reactions and emotions bring deeper connections to the world around them. 

Heists

  • Whether you’re an aspiring Debbie or Danny Ocean, build your team to seek out and recover the stolen artifacts to return them to their rightful owners. Can you execute the perfect plan, or will your team end up in the slammer? 

Modern Love and Romance

  • From love at first sight to digital dating, discover a wide variety of relationship types for your Sims. Explore their desires, taste and preference. Take them on a journey to discover what works for them. 

American High Schools

  • Cafeteria cliques, racy relationships and SAT struggles, the halls are alive with the sound of drama. 

Bands

  • Go solo or build your super group, find your style and perform your way from YouTube celebrity to sold out stadiums. 
  • Feel the pressure and demands of keeping the band together, record company demands and the needs of your adoring fans. 

World Suggestions

  • Brazilian Beach Town
  • South African City
  • Spanish City
  • Korean City
  • Swiss Mountain Town
  • Chinese Countryside
  • Scottish Highlands
  • Italian Vineyards
  • Greek Islands
  • Costa Rican Rainforest

Deepening the existing content

  • Long term desires
  • Connections to family members outside of the household
  • Being born with traits
  • Short term desires
  • Control of Sims that are not currently on the active lot
  • Emotions
  • Consequences of making or breaking relationships
  • Developing traits over time
  • Family evolution outside the household

New CAS Item Additions

  • Tattoos
  • Shoes
  • Makeup
  • Tops
  • Accessories
  • Bottoms
  • Hair
  • Full Outfits

New CAS Features

  • Burns
  • Prosthetics
  • Dual Eye Colour (Heterochromia)
  • Vitiligo
  • Stretch Marks
  • Scars
  • Body Hair

Additional Gameplay and Items for Life Stages

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  • Hi Sims 4,
    Been playing this game since it started. I feel that Sims 2 and 3 had way more elements to help build your sims lives and make it feel more realistic. Weirdly the latest version is lacking. I love the Get Famous expansion its something i dreamed of and was happy when it came about. Same with the latest magic expansion and the seaside destination/world.

    However, saying this there’s so many areas i feel where you have missed the mark a little. E.g University what’s the point in going if you cannot run it yourself with lectures etc? I would have thought you’d of allowed your gamers to see inside the university walls not just the outside. This felt like a bit of a shame to be fair. 2nd issue i have is sims emotions, where are they? These sims are very similar to each other in mannerisms and in aspiration etc. You really need way more emotive options than we have in CAS. Things with a story line will not work properly unless theres a real immersive storyline you must stick to. These packs you mention I feel to top your other packs you have to really go more into detail. For example dont just have a mall where you purchase outfits please as this makes little to no sense guys, as you can get all clothing for free from CAS anyway. A cinema would be much netter, along with maybe proper cafe’s, bakeries, superstores like you have in reality, vehicle’s, trains, buses and transportation as well such as airports is a better plan. Loving the idea of the Highschool and Bands pack though. I think we need a holidau destination that comes with a theme park theme where you get to create a rollercoaster, water or zoo park.

  • I know you generate money from expansion pack but it can be a bit pricey can you pleas include more on a expansion pack it sucks ……in the sims 2 and 3 you get way more just in the base game alone.

  • As someone who has always wanted to build a mall… Shopping is unnecessary for gameplay and shouldn’t be a priority. I have never once took my sim shopping with get to work. Not when it’s free to change clothes and I can buy everything there in build/buy. Plus, the way EA has bee slapping this game and it’s pack together, I just don’t feel like it’ll add any real depth to the game.

    • YESS!!! Thank you for saying that! I’m still pretty salty that knitting got picked out of all the other cool packs we could have had, like you want your sims to sit at home more?! But yes, I agree. Lol I would love to have more family relationships to evolve and the NPCs to get more interesting because they basically lack all of that. And for family that are NPCs to still be close. I have to set a time to keep in contact with my Sims twin and if I don’t for a while, she becomes a stranger? What is that? Unless there are family breakups, we shouldn’t have family sims become strangers.

  • We. Want. DRAMA. LOL No seriously, I want it to be where if my sim is creaking around their significant others back in public then sometimes (maybe) their significant other can get a call or something to get them caught up.

    Cops and robbers need to come back as well as firefighters. I hate having to extinguish my own fire. It takes away from the suspense of my sim dying. I also feel like in sims 2 there were more sporadic ways your sim could die and it was easier to convince grim.

    Babies need a lot more gameplay because it sucks. We need to be able to carry them to the fridge to get a bottle and be able to help them interact with the siblings. I saw someone comment about a tween aged sim and I think that’s a great ideal as it would come with its own set of emotions and “growing pains”

    We need a vacation pack like sims 2 had where we could choose from three different destinations. Only having two to choose from is limiting and even the activities there are limited. Sims 2 had much more engaging activities in comparison to El Salvador and the other destination (can’t remember the name)

    Lastly, we need more drama.

    • Agreed. There are no accidental deaths in the Sims 4. Actually, it can take hours when you try to kill them for your story. I know it sounds grim, but I miss that from the Sims 3. Had a rebellious witch teen with pyromaniacs issues who burned herself before my other sim could come to extinguish her. It made me cry for her. It made me feel and cherish all my other sims a lot more.

      It happens and death should not be excluded to be more family-friendly. It doesn’t need to be gruesome, far from it. It just needs to be possible. What is the point of a game if there are no stakes? How can families evolve if there is no tragedy? Safekeep from death should be assets in the game itself, like cops, firefighters and doctors. Not just family-friendly meta shield.

    • Yes to all of that! I love the idea of the NPCs to have their own emotions and journeys and a life! And even family Sims you don’t play with! I hate how if my sims don’t talk to their mom or dad or even siblings, they become strangers?? Especially my celeb sims! When they visit their mom or they randomly come over, they act like that sim isn’t their kid and get fame shocked or whatever when seeing them.

      I would love more gameplay with babies! Just feeding, changing their diaper, and trying to sooth them from crying is boring! Let me take them downstairs or sit in a rocking chair with them! Toddlers have this creepy waddle and they’re so fast, so maybe fix them a little. Like teach a baby to walk?! And talk? A tween kid would be awesome because we go from a little kid to a teen and kids rarely have the complex emotions of tweens, and teens are a whole ass mess on their own because they feel “too” much. So a middle age would be cool!

      And more things to do with elders! I know so many people in their 80s who can outrun me and even lift more than me because they took that good of themselves. But elders in the sims are almost as useless as babies and can die from just going for a run with their dog. I’ve lost 3 sims from doing that! Make them less fragile.

      I would love a high school and cheerleading pack, but maybe make it a school and sports pack to include all of that from elementary to high school? Instead of just making it for one age of sims. University pack was lacking a lot because we didn’t get to go to class with the sims or even to the sports games! And the graduations, too.

      Shopping malls sounds kind of dumb because we get free clothes in CAS. So maybe like bakeries and cafes and hair salons where they actually cut the hair and can even botch it would be cool.

      Having a more active chef career could be cool, too! We’ve run restaurants, so maybe look into the people who work in them could be interesting.

      Bands and singers would be awesome with the Get Famous expansion! More control over the gigs and band mates would be cool.

      More vacation options would be AMAZING! Because aside from the camping, which isn’t really a vacation, and the El Salvador one that can get dangerous for kids, and the beach expansion where it’s not really a beach as more of a retirement plan. Maybe an amusement park or a zoo? Or both! An option to go with the family like in Sims 2 or 3.

      I played Sims 1, and now 4. My friends and family had either 2 or 3 and I loved the gameplay, and that’s why I thought 4 would incorporate all of them, but lol, that’s definitely not the case. Thinking about just going to get 2 or 3 after more research. But yeah, I know a lot of this is about making money, and some people will buy packs and expansions regardless, but please make it worthy for the rest of us?

    • Yes to all of that! I love the idea of the NPCs to have their own emotions and journeys and a life! And even family Sims you don’t play with! I hate how if my sims don’t talk to their mom or dad or even siblings, they become strangers?? Especially my celeb sims! When they visit their mom or they randomly come over, they act like that sim isn’t their kid and get fame shocked or whatever when seeing them.

      I would love more gameplay with babies! Just feeding, changing their diaper, and trying to sooth them from crying is boring! Let me take them downstairs or sit in a rocking chair with them! Toddlers have this creepy waddle and they’re so fast, so maybe fix them a little. Like teach a baby to walk?! And talk? A tween kid would be awesome because we go from a little kid to a teen and kids rarely have the complex emotions of tweens, and teens are a whole ass mess on their own because they feel “too” much. So a middle age would be cool!

      And more things to do with elders! I know so many people in their 80s who can outrun me and even lift more than me because they took that good of themselves. But elders in the sims are almost as useless as babies and can die from just going for a run with their dog. I’ve lost 3 sims from doing that! Make them less fragile.

      I would love a high school and cheerleading pack, but maybe make it a school and sports pack to include all of that from elementary to high school? Instead of just making it for one age of sims. University pack was lacking a lot because we didn’t get to go to class with the sims or even to the sports games! And the graduations, too.

      Shopping malls sounds kind of dumb because we get free clothes in CAS. So maybe like bakeries and cafes and hair salons where they actually cut the hair and can even botch it would be cool.

      Having a more active chef career could be cool, too! We’ve run restaurants, so maybe look into the people who work in them could be interesting.

      Bands and singers would be awesome with the Get Famous expansion! More control over the gigs and band mates would be cool.

      More vacation options would be AMAZING! Because aside from the camping, which isn’t really a vacation, and the El Salvador one that can get dangerous for kids, and the beach expansion where it’s not really a beach as more of a retirement plan. Maybe an amusement park or a zoo? Or both! An option to go with the family like in Sims 2 or 3.

      I played Sims 1, and now 4. My friends and family had either 2 or 3 and I loved the gameplay, and that’s why I thought 4 would incorporate all of them, but lol, that’s definitely not the case. Thinking about just going to get 2 or 3 after more research. But yeah, I know a lot of this is about making money, and some people will buy packs and expansions regardless, but please make it worthy for the rest of us?

      Oh! Also, height differences! I’m like really short and I would love to incorporate that! The mods I’ve seen and used are too weird with tall sims.

  • One huge area of opportunity are Challenges that we could share and participate in, and finding a way to implement this popular style of gameplay directly into the game! Imagine if players could build challenges by creating stages and adding objectives to the stages, and you could structure challenges in such a way that players can basically custom create, share, and participate in and the game actually keeps track! Challenges are insanely popular for players looking for a reason to keep the game relevant to them, and currently the biggest problem with challenges is that they are all hosted on various 3rd sites, there are tons of different versions, and there is little way to hold oneself accountable or keep track. I think it actually would be totally possible for you guys to create a series of templates for these challenges. Imagine it: Official Maxis Challenges and player created challenges, and we can all do them together!

    • Definitely want gameplay for babies! They’re so boring right now, please release them from the bassinet and let us actually play with them.

  • Sims needs to make it compatible with Google Chromebooks! I am a huge fan and now being on quarantine I finally have time to play a game I love soo got damn much and can’t because it is not compatible to my chrome book. I am hurt and upset I can’t play!

    • And I agree with above comments we need more sims drama and real life action situations. We need our tweens having experiences that comes with growing up. And more family interaction with mom and kids getting along more and then knowing oh that’s my brother/sister. This is suppose to be close to real life sims let’s make it back like sims 2!!

  • I really hope that they are not using this information to utilize towards the Sims 5. I have already put a lot of money in the Sims 4 and think there is so much potential just as long as they add more in depth relationships.

    • @ Nicole yeah that’s a concern of mine as well. They should include the popular wants for TS4 but also take that into account with TS5. So many people are excited about several of these features and it would just be an insult to get us excited with input that many of us have wanted for a few years now. Keep the surveys coming but listen to the community too.

  • The Sims Medieval was fun but it needs to be like the regular Sims game. Let us be monarchs or spies or whatever. Let us play it out. Instead of goals and timers and reliving the exact same quests…. let us live with families and intrigue. Let us defend our thrones and deal with courtly issues. Let us make treaties with other nations, go to war, manage taxes and arrange marriages. Or maybe we are a physician or a mage. The occupations in The Sims Medieval were fun…. let us free play as them, with families and servants. Let the monarch have Parliament and the aristocracy to deal with. Other monarchs from other lands. Coronations, royal weddings, etc.
    if not medieval then maybe 17th century.

  • I wish the Sims 4 Ps4 had some sort of online. Not like sims mobile ,but like we can add friends sims into one household so you and your friend could live their.

  • Sul sul. If content is released on console such as Xbox or PS, can you please add more achievements? As much as I love The Sims, having extra achievement goals adds so much more gameplay and sense of achievement. So many expansion packs and DLC’s yet never any more achievements added since the main base game. Considering the price of a single expansion pack, this is really disappointing. Deg Deg.

  • I’d like to see more life stages. Like young kid, tweens, and middle aged. It’s weird to see a toddler become a about a 10 year old kid, a kid becoming about a 16 year old, and a sim who’s about 40 turn 80 in their next life stage. There needs to be something more realistic.

  • Definitely want more story progression … I feel that’s definitely lacking and that’s the game style I miss from Sims 4. I love the lack of glitches and lag playing Sims 4 in comparison to Sims 3 … But I miss story progression. I also wish we could use mods on the PS4. Other videogames allow for mods … I just wanna be able to add a mod to change the bloody life spans … Better yet … Can we have the ability to change that like in Sims 3??????

  • Hello Sims 4, I have an idea for an expansion pack, I think there should be a high school drama pack, so in it teenagers could have more emotions and can change their outfits into emo, cute girl, football, or cheerleader by themselves. I also think they could have romance or go on a date at the Cinema, kids could get bullied or be the bully, can be nerdy as a teenager and when they become an adult they would automatically be smart, boys can be a jock or nerd, and girls and boys can have crushes.

  • I would like to be able to create sims with disabilities, with various levels of severity. From those who need a wheelchair, to those who walk very well. From those who are unable to speak at all, to those who speak almost fluently. From those who are unable to feed, dress, bathe, or care for themselves, to those who are almost completely independent. From those who are almost completely unable to function in social situations, to those who function very well in those kinds of settings, but are somewhat awkward. From those who have the lowest IQs on record, to those who can create even the coolest inventions, and solve even the most difficult puzzles.

    I have Asperger’s (very mild form of Autism, now just known as Autism Spectrum Disorder), and I would like it if I was able to create sims who were more like me. I am one of those people with a disability who is able to walk very well (and I have been told I am a fast walker), speak almost fluently, and care for myself with minimal support.

    • As a girl who also has ASD, cheers to that. Maybe that would bring me back to the Sims. That and giving more depth to the game. The game packs were on a tight deadline and it shows. Buying games means trusting the company or the indie creators. Good luck with gaining back mine. I really want to find this world that I could spend hours in again.

    • I completely agree. Being aspergers myself, i find that trying to create my sim self is really hard to do. Have tried mods etc but unfortunately, just doesn’t seem to work properly for me. Also, stretch marks would be a awesome addition to the game, whether it be via CAS or after pregnancy/ weight gain.

  • I think on console you guys should update the controls , moving your sims should be like analog control just like the sims 2. Its way easier, less time consuming, more fun than just clicking every spot. The controls need to simplified theres too many and hard to remember. Basically just make the new sims a mixture of sims 2 and 3.

  • – Korean City sounds AMAZING, and would add some diversity!
    – I kind of want more risk; stockbrokers have a bad day, and the family loses money etc.
    – Heist, Cheer, and Shopping Malls all sound gimmicky and like they’d get boring very quickly.

  • I love this game but i feel like most of these things listed should already be in the game. And if they are adding some these options it should be in up coming updates because I had to play the Sims in base game for almost a year before I could get a expansion/game/stuff pack. Base game alone is lacking so much.

    • I definitely agree with you there! I mean, we had to wait for a while for them to add a pool… like that was a basic add to the previous games and for 4 it was an oversight? I mean, this is the 4th edition or whatever, you’d think the things they’ve done this far for the 3 other editions would just kind of be a base game idea, but no. They just seem to care about making money than make things logical. In my opinion.

  • I miss the interior design in sims 3 wrestling you get paid to design someone’s home. Also miss beingredients able to change the color of walls and furniture to any color with the color wheel.

  • Definitely want gameplay for babies! They’re so boring right now, please release them from the bassinet and let us actually play with them.

  • Hey Sims 4 Team,
    I’m a relatively new player but I have played both Sims 3 and Sims 4. I’m thinking of giving 2 a try, because everyone seems to think sims 2 babies were awesome and honestly that’s like the biggest thing I care about, other than a good CAS. Sims 4 has achieved a Great CAS and that’s something to be proud of!’
    Also, the gameplay is engaging and easier to get interested in now than it was in sims 3. I Can’t tell you how many times I got my babies taken away in sims 3 because the nanny I hired was lazy asf when the parents were at work. (Also when they were home and had twins/triplets) It was so frustrating. I’ve not yet had anything taken away in Sims 4 and it’s been almost 2 years!

    Also, unpopular opinion, but If you’re going to add “American High School” You’re going to have add teen pregnancy in there somewhere. I mean honestly I’m so tired of having to mod the game just to get teen pregnancy. It’s a lot of hassle for a feature that should be included. I know I’ll probably get flack for this but honestly it’s a life simulator, and young mothers are part of life.

    Overall I really enjoy the game but if nothing else can you please improve babies? That would be great, thanks!

    ~

  • I would LOVE to be able to have height differences in the Sims! I know there are mods, but I don’t like using them because they slow down my game and the one mod for heights I did try, it was weird with how my sims interacted with each other.

  • A Rainforest world could be gorgeous. More gameplay for elders and ABSOLUTELY story progression for NPCs and even more so for family members elsewhere in the game.

    Would also like American High School, Highlands and Heists (for the fantasy element).

  • I really miss being able to teach toddlers how to walk from crawling but now they’re designed to be 3-5 so it doesn’t make much sense. being able to teach babies how to crawl would be adorable and way more fun than having little, crying, high maintenance objects. But i’m mostly disappointed about there not being an option to ask for more teen game play, they’re practically just shorter, slimmer adults with less to do. I’d at least like a prom or graduation, something to look forward to like with sims 3 gen.
    I just feel that the sims’ development went backwards after EA

    • I was upset about the lack of teen game play/cas in the survey as well. I guess the “American High School” was supposed to be that? But I miss in past games when there were specific clothing items just for teens that adults couldn’t wear. I hope they add customizable heights to distinguish them more. Really hoping they add proms, after school activities and graduation for high school.

  • I wish there was a way for the sims to play in a rock band with drums, keys, vocals and guitars. Aww that would be amazing <3

  • So about the mall… Few years ago there was a mystery survey about new idea for DLC – things like small pet store, beauty saloon, tattoo studio.. do you remember it? (You can find it in this site). I think it’s such a cool idea to have those kind of stores and retails because it’s more then just “shopping experience” – it’s also bring gameplay options. This, with some new food stall, maybe a grocery store (I love those in TS2), and of course the mall cop, can be lit.

  • So, what I’m getting from this is ea is basically making what modders do for free a thing now? They basically were talking about the slice of life mod and meaningful stories. As well as receipe mods. No I think I’ll stick with free mods then paying 50 to 10 dollars for a EP or SP. Some of us don’t have the luxuries of spending that much money all the time ea. So unless it’s free, I don’t care that much. What they need to do is make TS4, PS4 more open. They don’t have as nearly much stuff as the pc version. And this is coming from someone who has both versions. Sorry just had to rant. But everyone stay safe and healthy, and happy simming.

  • Please please everyone vote for NPC and more game play features. Don’t vote for unnecessary stuff like fandom or cheerleader. Please people!!

  • These all seem like cool ideas I would like, I’m also really enjoying the occult content and can’t wait for more future occult content.

  • Dear Sims Team,

    I believe that more could be done with the teenagers for example dating, actually travelling to school with them, Exams, school prom/dances, they could have the opportunity to choose what school they want to go to, be able to train towards Careers that they want to do.

    I also believe that more jobs could be added for example builders, bin collectors, body guards for the famous and fire fighters.

    Finally I think that it could also be improved by adding robberies and heists.

    Thanks!

  • Cops and robbers should be a free update, to please do not make us pay for it. I hope you add all of these eventually.

  • More baby gameplay and baby CAS! Also im DYING for you guys to add bands and playable high school! We also need more events like funerals and things like nursing homes. More TRAITS!!!!

  • I would like to see a height adjuster in create a sim. It seems like all sims are the exact same height, and I would like to make them all different heights, just like you can alter their other physical features (skin color hair color and style, eye color, facial features, weight, etc). I would like to be able to make some of my sims short and slender, while others I might want to be basketball tall and rather heavy.

    Adding onto my comment about sims with disabilities. I would also like to add special education (and this could even be added as another branch to the education career), gifted education (this could also be added as another branch to the education career, occupational therapy, psychology, psychiatry, physical therapy, speech and language therapy, behavioral therapy, child psychology, neurology, etc., added in as career options.

    I would also like to be able to build private, public, charter, and magnet schools right in the neighborhood. In the sims 3, sims have the option to enroll their children in a boarding school, but I would like to be able to build a private day school to the neighborhood. Private schools for genius children and teens, artists, children and teens with disabilities, athletes, etc.

  • i want to see a lot more disabilities\skin injures mostly prosthetics and wheel chairs specifically(yes I know they weren’t an option but please hear me out) in the body accessories then confining them to the wheel chair unless the item is removed, for this feature (if you decide to put these features please make them for all ages) I want it to be able to be in its own section with other medical accessories such as like walkers (that they hold when walk but don’t need to hold onto when just standing and doing hand motions, crutches for injury’s, (it would be cool if people could fall down and break a bone or scratch themselves just as it is a normal aspect of life) nasal cannula connected to an air tank and special motions for going up and down stairs and for the tank being held and rolled around, and the last thing that needs to be here in cas is a feeding tube that goes into the stomach and one that goes in the nose, there was one more that I forgot and that is a blind cane. for build mode just two things, one is a stair Mobil chair that takes you up and down stairs, and the last thing is a iv stand for plain a iv and one for a feed bag. I completely understand if this is to much for an update, so I believe the sims community would be fine with paying $9.99 to get this if it becomes an item of you consideration.

    • I forgot to mention that if you were up to it you could make a special action to prep and use a feeding bag along with putting it on the iv stand

  • so first off I feel that console players need a lot more things like if we cant get cc or mods can we get more clothing like maybe today fashion. I think we should have more interaction at school or work. I also feel that the hospital should come with the base game and there should be ways to get sick. Police and violence. I feel like all of these should come with the base game and not extra cost thanks for your time and support

  • Like the sims 3 I want my toddlers to not be able to walk, they have to learn to walk not walk right out of the gate. I know you can teach toddlers to walk better in the sims 4 but I want to be able to teach them to walk.

  • I think we need grocery stores with groceries. If we get a farming pack, the farmers can sell the groceries to the grocery store. Pecan farms, Walnut farms, Dairy farms, cantaloupe, watermelons, apricots, Hazelnuts, cranberries ect. How cool would it be to churn butter, bake bread from your wheat farm harvest, and roast chestnuts on the fire? How about making ice cream from your own cream? We could make roasted and salted nuts in front of the grocery stores and the vendors could sell them. We could make pralines for the ice cream.