Help Us Pick Gameplay Features For A New Stuff Pack!

Via: The Sims

Hello Simmers! We’ve reached the most important moment in the development of this collaborative Stuff Pack project yet. Today you’ll be participating in a vote to determine what new gameplay features could be included within this Stuff Pack.

If you’re new to this project and find yourself wondering what this is all about, I’ll direct you to the welcome post in SimGuruGraham’s Corner on the official forums. There you’ll find information on what this project is, how far into development we are, and the votes that fellow Sims players have already participated in. After you catch up, be sure to come right back here to cast your vote!

In the time since the last vote, where you helped select 29 objects and 17 pieces of clothing for this pack, we’ve been buzzing here in the studio about what potential features we could include. With the Stuff Pack team gathered together in a room with a trusty white board, we brainstormed all the potential gameplay features that came to mind that could work with our theme. In a brainstorm, there are no bad suggestions – just a torrent of ideas for us to sift through.

As you can see, a whole bunch of initial possibilities came to mind. There’s a lot to consider here! Some are tried and true favorites from past Sims titles, while others would be brand new to the series. Unfortunately, these ideas can’t all move forward to the next step in our development process, where we write something that we call “design blurbs”. A design blurb is just a short design that’s only a few sentences in length. They exist to give the most basic idea of what we hope to accomplish. It isn’t until later, when we write the full design, where all the little details are added that make each feature truly special. Design blurbs also allow members of various development disciplines to provide a rough estimate of how long they think it will take them to implement their work for a feature. This is vital information that we use to determine what we can add during our development schedule, before work even begins. In the survey today, you’ll be reading design blurbs to determine which group of features you want to cast your vote for.

Before we can write these design blurbs, our designers and producers collaborate to pluck out the ideas we think have the most promise to deliver a great Stuff Pack. Our philosophy for Stuff Packs is to provide features that complement both the overall theme, and each other. We also take into account if our development schedule allows enough time to deliver upon the promise of a proposed feature. Then we consider if what we’re proposing fills a unique niche that’s currently lacking in The Sims 4. It’s also important for us to select features in Stuff Packs that can stand on their own – we recognize that there are many small quality of life additions that players request, but they’re generally a better fit as a supporting feature in a larger pack. Finally, we try and steer clear of features that we suspect a Game Pack or Expansion Pack may want to tackle in the future.

With that perspective in mind, it was fairly easy to eliminate some features from the brainstorm right off the bat, by knowing that they simply can’t be done within a Stuff Pack. From what remained, we pushed our favorites forward, using a mixture of designer intuition and player feedback to determine what could be compelling additions. Some clear themes stood out to us, and you’ll see those represented here in today’s vote.

Voting ends on June 26, 2017 at 10AM PT.

CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THE SURVEY

When this vote closes on Monday, we’ll know a whole lot more about what this pack will be, but we still won’t have the full picture. It’s important to note that as we write the full designs for the winning features, that things have the potential to change, and they invariably will. We’re confident we can deliver a fun experience no matter what the result in this feature vote, but the majority of work still lies ahead of us. After the votes are tallied we’ll start writing those full designs, which will comprehensively detail the entire experience that these features will offer. A full design means that each discipline on the Stuff Pack team can provide more accurate estimates of how much time they’ll need to work to implement these features. If estimates change, we have to go back and re-evaluate the features that have been approved. When full development of this pack ramps up in August, we’ll finally know if we need to make any cuts, or if we have room for any further additions. I’m certainly hoping for the latter – there are some great ideas from the brainstorm that are small in scope that we’d love to sneak in. As development progresses, we’ll be sharing with you every step of the way. You’ll not only hear about any changes we make, but the thought process that guided our decisions. Check back regularly in SimGuruGraham’s Corner on our forums to see all of the latest news about this project.

To close, I’ll leave you with dates for the remaining votes for this project. Circle your calendars and come back to make your voice heard!

• Feature Vote (June 23rd – June 26th): Select the top gameplay feature(s) you want to have included in the pack.

• Pack Icon Vote (September 6th– September 8th): Peruse different icons and select the one that will appear in the pack’s box art and within the in-game catalog.

• Pack Title Vote (September 13th – September 15th): Select a title that best summarizes the pack’s atmosphere and content.

You may find answers to commonly asked questions in the FAQ.

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By submitting feedback or material, you expressly grant EA all rights necessary to enable EA to use the feedback or material in any form and for any purpose without attribution, notice, or compensation to you. While your votes will help us determine what we may include in this stuff pack, EA will make the final decision. This pack will be offered for a separate fee standard to our prior stuff pack launches.

 

*Requires The Sims 4 game (sold separately) and all game updates to play.

Work Up A Sweat With The Sims 4 Fitness Stuff Pack, Get It Now!

Via: The Sims

Put on those yoga pants, lace up your sneakers, slip in your ear buds, and get ready to sweat with the all new The Sims™  4 Fitness Stuff Pack!

A good workout session needs music, but sometimes a radio can be a bit of a distraction to those around. Thankfully, your Sims can now use ear buds to enjoy some rocking tunes in the comfort of their own head space. Whether wanting to listen while working on things around the home, going for a jog, or even at the gym, they can now rest easy knowing they are being considerate to those around them.

Don’t want to get your ear buds sweaty, but also feel a bit awkward going to the gym alone? Say no more! You can now enjoy a variety of workout videos from the comfort of your home. Select “Workout” on the TV, choose between Plumboomba Dancing or Power Sculpting, then get ready for your Sim to feel the burn. The best part of working out from home means you can go relax and have a nice bath after sweating hard.

The biggest addition to your workout routine is the new rock climbing treadmill. This object includes a new, hidden “Rock Climbing” skill that can determine the ways in which your Sim can engage with the rock wall. This ranges from stumbling, to landing painfully or gracefully, and unlocking the ability to attempt Endurance Challenges. The rock climbing treadmill will also be a welcome challenge to any of your athletically inclined Sims, with four difficulty levels to conquer; gentle, vertical, overhang, and overhang with fire.

Has your Sim had enough? Never! Now your Sims can beat an Endurance Challenge for their time to be registered on that particular rock wall for others to go up against. Check back on that machine to see if another Sim topped your record to make sure you are always at the top of the leaderboard.

We look forward to seeing what upgrades you make to your local or at home gym. Be sure to use the hashtag #TS4Fitness on social so we can see your awesome builds.

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*Requires The Sims 4 game (sold separately) and all game updates to play.

Get Fit with The Sims 4 Fitness Stuff Pack!

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Fitness Simmers rejoice; The Sims™ 4 Fitness Stuff* is arriving on June 20th, and it’s all about embodying a more active lifestyle.

Soon, your athletically inclined Sims, or those just looking for a reason to get off the sofa, can take on a new challenge with the rock climbing treadmill. Yep, you read that right, a rock climbing treadmill! This new piece of equipment will give your Sim an intense workout that allows them to lose weight, while simultaneously building muscle. As your Sim becomes more experienced at bouldering, they can attempt increasingly difficult climbs, as well as compete against others to set high scores.

Is the rock climbing treadmill a bit daunting for your clumsy Sim? No worries! Sims can now enjoy new workout videos with your choice of exercise routine to make them sweat at their local gym, or from the comfort and privacy of their own home. If building is more your thing, you can also revamp the local gym or build out a fitness studio with nature-inspired objects and décor that will fill your Sim with vigor.

Looking to hit the gym but don’t want to be distracted by the locals? Pop in the brand new earbuds and crank the music to get your Sim in a muscle-burning mood. These versatile earbuds go wherever your Sim goes, without disturbing other Sims in your vicinity. But what about when you get home and want to relax after an energetic work out? We’ve got you covered. There are new objects available to make your Sim’s home a relaxing sanctuary, including a set of items for your bathroom to make it the perfect place for a post-workout soak.

Half the appeal of working out is wearing chic fitness apparel; you want to be the envy of your fellow gym rats after all. Enjoy a collection of vibrant athleisure apparel that will inspire motion, and motivate your Sim to strut around town. Just because you may have skipped leg day doesn’t mean you can’t show off those trendy new yoga pants!

For Sims looking to add a new workout to their regimen, or those just seeking a gateway to getting healthy, there’s plenty in The Sims 4 Fitness Stuff to give you an complete workout when it launches June 20th.

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*Requires The Sims 4 game (sold separately) and all game updates to play.

 

Jasmine Has Arrived with a New Triple Boost Week

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It’s that time again! Jasmine Holiday has returned to The Sims™ 4 and she’s bringing Boost Week back! Now Sims can get 3x the skill points for one-week only!

Triple Boost weeks focus on one to two needs or skills. They can range from boosting Satisfaction Points or declining Sims needs, bringing some spice in your Sims romantic life through a boost for your relationship, or helping your Sim with their career or skills. You can only have one running on a Sim at a time, but don’t worry, you can switch if you change your mind.

Jasmine Holiday has decided to bring the satisfaction and slower decline on your Sims needs boost to The Sims 4 which will run from June 6, 2017 10AM PT – June 13,2017 at 10AM PT. Just give Jasmine a call and she can provide your Sim with a nice boost.*

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*Requires The Sims 4 game (sold separately) and all game updates to play.