Presented by EA Game Changers
The Sims 4 will have a huge new patch released a few days before the release of The Sims 4 Snowy Escape Expansion Pack!
Over the last couple of days I got an opportunity from EA to test out not only the new Expansion Pack but all of the new additions that are coming to The Sims 4 for free!
I’ve also done a video overview of the next update if you want to check it out down below:
So, without further ado, let’s break down everything that’s coming in the next update:
Platforms are an exciting new feature coming to Build Mode that help you elevate your space and give your interiors (and exteriors as well) more dimensions! The first thing that you’re gonna notice when selecting the Walls & Empty Rooms category in Build Mode are a range of new Platform Features. You’ll be able to place down your own Platforms using the Platform Tool or place down some of the pre-existing ones. Those also include diagonal, octagonal, triangular and round platforms (that come in 3 different sizes!).
You’ll also be able to stack platforms one on top of another – the only limitation is the wall height (and yes, that means that you’ll be able to make platforms even higher in areas with bigger walls).
An easier way to elevate your platforms without unecessarily having to stack them over and over again is using the “Raise Platform” tool that shows up upon selecting the platform of your choice. Once again, the sky (or in this case, the wall) as well as the dirt are your limits
When it comes to the functionality of Platforms they can be used as stairs as long as each platform is elevated by one bar level.
Speaking of stairs, yes, you’ll also be able to place them down along platforms that are higher up!
If you want to decorate your platform’s exterior there’s a whole new “Platform Trims” category where you can choose different trims of your choice. Platforms are unique and therefore you won’t be able to use wallpapers on them to decorate the exterior – only the trims!
Half Walls Upgrade
Say goodbye to the limited category of half walls! The Sims Team has unlocked up to 19 different half wall sizes that you can place down!
Each half wall size fits perfectly to each platform bar level, meaning that if you’re not satisfied with the current collection of platform trims you can place down a half wall around the platform and decorate the exterior with a wallpaper of your choice.
Vacations and Rental Lots
Rental Lots are no longer exclusive to The Sims 4 Outdoor Retreat and The Sims 4 Jungle Adventure Game Pack! With the latest update you can select any lot from any world and turn it into a Rental Lot.
This opens up the possibility of sending your Sims to a Vacation into any world that has a Rental Lot placed down. To take a vacation, click on the Phone, select Take A Vacation and choose which Sims you want to send. The game will then open up all the Worlds that currently have a Rental Lot. Select for how many days you want to stay on your vacation and enjoy your stay!
While living on a vacation lot you won’t be able to access Build Mode on your Rental Lot. Thankfully any necessities you might need for your Sims (and their younger ones) can be purchased through the mailbox / phone. Food, Toddler Beds, Lounge Chairs – it’s all there!
This is a perfect opportunity for you to revisit Sulani from The Sims 4 Island Living and send your Sims off to vacation there!
Sim Info Panel
There’s a new Sim Info Panel that displays all the information your selected Sim has about another Sim. You can access the new Sim Info Panel by opening Relationships menu and selecting a Sim of your choice.
Sentiments are how a Sim feels about another Sim based on recent past experiences. There are Positive and Negative Sentiments, which can influence a Sim’s Mood and behavior when the other Sim is around! These are discovered naturally through gameplay and will fade over time. The amount of time it takes for a Sentiment to fade depends on if it is a Long-Term or Short-Term Sentiment.
New experiences together can also make existing Sentiments fade more quickly or more slowly. Positive Sentiments are easily eroded by very negative experiences, and a successful apology goes a long way towards healing any Negative Sentiments. The colored backdrop behind a Sentiment icon indicates how far it is along in the fading process.
A Sim may have up to four Sentiments about another Sim at a time. If a Sim acquires more than four Sentiments about a particular Sim, the least important Sentiment will be replaced.
Sentiments are a powerful new addition to relationships that influence your Sim’s emotional state depending on Sims they’re surrounded by. Their emotions will only be influenced by other Sims if they’re around Sims with who they’ve built Sentiments with.
For example, doing an activity such as taking a hike (from The Sims 4 Snowy Escape) will build a positive, strong sentiment.
However, not all Sentiments will appear as mutual. It all depends who initiated a certain set of interactions that made the sentiment appear.
A cleaner overview of all the sentiments that you’ve built can be found in the Sim Info Panel.
You can also keep track of your Sentiments when socializing with another Sim. There’s a new Sentiment Icon at the top of the relationship bar that extends the Sentiments UI:
Sentiments can be built between Sims of all ages. Scolding your toddler for making a mess might leave that toddler feeling hurt – giving them a negative Hurt Sentiment. That toddler will not only get a strong negative moodlet when being around that Sim but also try to avoid them until they make amends (or until the sentiment fades away). This is just an example of course – this particular sentiment can occur between all Sims!
There are sentiments that are exclusive to The Sims 4 Snowy Escape but a lot of sentiments are included within the Base Game. Things like adopting a child, getting into a fight, cheating, death – all cause a unique sentiment between two Sims.
We didn’t get a specific list of all the new sentiments but I was able to track all of them in the game files. The end of each file name in the image below represents a unique new sentiment – however they do not represent all of the ways you can earn those sentiments.
We’ll be doing a seperate article and video regarding sentiments and how you can unlock them on Sims Community so stay tuned!
Nasolabial Creases in CAS
A small face details feature has been added into Create A Sim and those are Nasolabial Creases! There are 4 different ones to choose from: