It’s official! The Sims 4 Cottage Living is coming to PC and consoles on July 22nd! The first reveal trailer just dropped today and it is packed with cottagecore-themed delight and whimsy! Let your Sims escape the pressures of the rat race and enjoy a peaceful, idyllic countryside life in the charming town of Henford on Bagley, complete with farmland, animals galore, and quaint rural activities.
Here’s everything that stood out to us in the trailer!
So Many Animals!
Let’s get the biggest thing out of the way, first… ALL OF THE ANIMALS!!! With cute little sweaters and accessories! Our hearts can’t take the cuteness overload! In the trailer, we saw a woman singing with songbirds like a Disney princess, bunnies, chickens, cows, foxes, and llamas! Sims can shear the llamas, milk the cows, and collect eggs from the chickens. The bunnies look like adorable playmates for little ones and adults alike. As for the foxes, we technically already have them in the Cats & Dogs expansion so it will be interesting to see how these foxes work with the ones we can create as pets in CAS already. Did we mention they all have the CUTEST clothes?! Just look at them!
Perhaps something not quite as obviously noticeable is the overgrown ruins in the background of several scenes in the trailer. While we know many people were very hopeful about the possibility of faeries being included in this expansion, we did not see anything that explicitly alluded to faeries. Ruins are a very common sight in the British countryside and it’s very possible that these are just decorative backdrops but we felt it was worth mentioning. Maybe there is a small glimmer of hope for faeries. We’ll have to wait and see.
Open Swimming Areas
Since the release of Island Living, The Sims Team has been making a concentrated effort to include swimming spots in as many of the worlds as they can. It looks like the new world, Henford on Bagley, will have a place for Sims to swim in the common space as well.
The myth. The legend. The icon. Mrs. Crumplebottom is back! And she will still knock the romance out of you with her purse just like old times! We were thrilled to see this legendary character make her triumphant return to the series and even more thrilled that she got to keep her purse which is arguably just as iconic as she is.
In the trailer, we saw a barren lot go from nothing to a lively countryside farm… ponds included! Many players were left scratching their heads after the terrain tool update that came to the game last year neglected to include any tools for making ponds but it looks like this will be added at last. Will the ponds be swimmable? Fishable? Only time will tell.
Farming and New Produce
Cottage country life wouldn’t be cottage country life without a few gardening additions. Farming looks like its going to be more immersive than ever and we even have new produce we can grow and enjoy, like these adorable pumpkins! We also spotted eggplants and watermelons later on in the trailer.
Needlepoint was featured in the trailer as a new activity for Sims to enjoy. People who were disappointed that the Nifty Knitting Stuff pack didn’t include other textile crafts like cross stitch can rejoice! Children can even do needlepoint… just be careful they don’t prick their fingers like this child did in the trailer.
We can see a family cooking together in the kitchen in the trailer which gives us all sorts of warm, fuzzy, cottage family life vibes, but we also spotted a can of what looks like jam on the island counter by the cutting board. A jar of milk also sits on the kitchen table in the lower left corner of the image. More groceries and things to cook with are always a welcomed addition to the game.
Kids helping in the kitchen
On that same note, we can also see a child Sim helping her family in the kitchen! Children have been sadly left out of a lot of the day-to-day household chores in The Sims 4, but in a pack dedicated to rural living, it only makes sense to have children be included in those everyday chores. Farm kids are expected to help around the house and on the farm because the family needs all hands on deck to keep such a large property running smoothly. We’re happy The Sims Team recognized the important role children play on a family farm, too.
This scene with the family eating from a picnic basket takes us back to The Sims 3 and we’re here for it! A family picnic at the farmer’s market on a sunny afternoon sounds like a perfect way to enjoy an idyllic countryside life!
Farmer’s Market Stalls
Vendor stalls aren’t anything new in The Sims 4 but it’s always exciting to see what sorts of brand new goodies our Sims will be able to buy from them whenever we get new ones! We’re hoping for mouth-watering fresh farm-grown produce. Yum!
A new activity coming with Cottage Living is agricultural competitions! Raise the biggest, most delicious produce on your farm and then enter it in the competition! We are so excited to see this in the game, as we’ve never had competitions specifically for farm produce in The Sims before, although we did have cooking competitions in The Sims 2 FreeTime. We can’t wait to wow the town with our own giant pumpkins!
What are you most excited for in The Sims 4 Cottage Living? Let us know in the comments or chat with us on social media!