We thought the worst of EA and assumed that swimming pools (and other fan-favourite content) would be added to The Sims 4 well after launch, and gamers would have to pay a premium for it. Now, we’re told that pools will be free, and they’re arriving next month.
Swimming pools are just one part of the November update, but before we even get there, there’s an October update to look at. The Sims 4 has been on shelves for a month now, and the team at The Sims Studio has been happily working on new stuff just for you.
Rachel Franklin, VP and General Manager of The Sims Studio explains that The Sims 4 has been designed as “a live service”, so evolving the experience, adding new content and incorporating feedback is easier than ever.
The October update – the first of three monthly content boosts – is out right now, free for everyone playing The Sims 4 who downloads the latest patch.
Appropriately, this month’s batch of new stuff includes the introduction of Ghosts!
Your dead Sims can now rejoin the world of the living, where they maintain all the attributes they had a as a Sim, but with special new behaviors based on how they died. Invite them to join your Sims’ household and they can be playable characters; if you dare, you might even find a way to bring your ghosts back to life.
If you felt the disturbance in The Force, The Sims Studio explains that “it was probably our new Star Wars Costume Set.”
Outfit your Sims in Luke Skywalker’s X-wing pilot suit, Leia’s white robes and awesome cinnamon buns, Darth Vader’s suit and, yes, even Yoda. I mean, who out there hasn’t dressed as Yoda for Halloween, right? Now you can in The Sims 4, too!
…there’s also some community-requested features like new eye colours – so if you want your Sims to have purple eyes, now you can. “We’ve also fixed a few minor bugs as well,” adds Rachel.
But that’s just the beginning. In November, we’re asked to “get your Sim-suits ready”, with the glorious return of swimming pools. Don’t relax too much though – December brings new Career paths and rewards – all content gamers have been clamouring for.
All of these updates will be free for our players in The Sims 4. Just log in to Origin and download the patches as we release them. Each update will be full of great content and some surprises. Think that gnomes only live in gardens? Clearly, you’re not playing enough of The Sims 4.
When it comes to the game’s fabled Mac release, Rachel explains that the team is “working on it”, and will share more news when there’s something to talk about.
Don’t go thinking that these free updates are taking the place of premium DLC or larger expansion packs down the line. EA knows that Sims fans are prepared to pay for just about anything – but it’s nice to see that we’re given a little somethin’ somethin’ for free, as well.
The October update for The Sims 4 is out right now for Windows PC.