Controlling Your Cats & Dogs

Via: The Sims

Hi Simmers! We were thrilled to finally announce The Sims 4 Cats & Dogs*. It’s a huge relief to finally get it out in the open. One of the first questions the community asked after our big reveal: Can I control my cats and dogs?

This is appropriate, because it was one of the first questions we asked ourselves long before we started working on the game itself. It’s one of the most important design questions for the entire pack, so we want to dive a little deeper into what it means. Early on our team was almost evenly split and gearing for a creative fight. Folks (me included!) had (and have) VERY strong opinions on this topic. We knew it was incredibly important. In The Sims 2, you couldn’t directly control pets. In The Sims 3, you could. We went back and played the old games, read the forums, and conducted survey research on this topic specifically to fully consider every angle.

We went back and forth, and finally our creative director made a very important point. The question isn’t control or not control? It’s what can we do with either solution, and why is one solution superior? What do we gain? What do we lose?

Before we continue this, let’s take a step back and examine other aspects. I’m a dog owner and have been almost my entire life. My corgi, Peaches, is often the focus for my weekends. My wife and I take her to the beach, throw her in the car to shop, and we read in the backyard so she can enjoy the sun. We dote on her.

I’m not alone in being obsessed with my dog or cat on the team. When discussing this pack, we tried to really dive deep into the essence of our pets and why we love them. Why they make us laugh. Why they make us angry. Why we photograph them constantly. We found out that we were all drawn to what made our pets special. How they sleep on their backs. How they always bark at a certain person. How they listen for the crinkle of a plastic bag as they know it’s a walk.

We knew our cats and dogs in The Sims 4 Cats & Dogs needed to be responsive, observant, and obsessed with the Sims. Their owners. Their companions. We also knew we wanted them to be surprising, to act in unexpected and delightful ways, and to be living creatures. We were guided by the idea that cats and dogs would be like Sims for your Sims.

This brings us back to control. There are many factors at play here, some technical, some design, but in a nutshell, if players could see and control every aspect of their cat or dog, it made it difficult for us to make them do surprising, fun, and unexpected things. When we compared all the options, we knew that our game would be the most fun if we didn’t let players select cats and dogs, but instead gave you other ways to interact with them. When we made this decision, it fundamentally opened up things we could do with cats and dogs that we can’t do with Sims even!

This doesn’t mean they’re wild and without control. Far from it. I’m going to give some examples, but before that, let me ask: How do you control your dog or cat in real life? How do you get them by your side when you want to pet them, or get them to sit when they’re misbehaving? The answer in your mind, it’s how it works in the game too. When your Pets need your attention to solve their needs, they’ll animate, act in certain behaviors, communicate with your Sims, and yes, the UI will tell you what they need. You can even ask them!

When they act badly, you can train them to stop. When you want them by your side, you can call them immediately over to you. But, like all good dogs and cats, there is a good chance they’ll be at your feet, walking along side you, or snoring on the couch next to your Sims already. If you want your dog to breed with another dog, you can instruct them to do so. When you need your cat to sleep in a certain bed, you can call them to do so.

In a nutshell, you won’t be frustrated by a lack of control. We’ve taken great pains to design, implement, and test an assortment of solutions and content to make sure that isn’t the case. But, we’ve also filled the game with unique behaviors and attributes for your cats and dogs so that you’ll be observing and telling stories for years.

We think The Sims 4 Cats & Dogs is the best pets expansion we’ve ever made, and a big reason for that is the freedom we were granted by removing control. Some of you may not agree, but don’t worry, The Sims 4 Cats & Dogs will be out soon and we’ll be talking more about it in the coming months. Soon you’ll agree that this is the most pawesome decision!

Until next time.

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

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Set A Play Date With The Sims 4 Toddler Stuff Pack, Out Now!

Via: The Sims

Today is the day! The Sims™ 4 Toddler Stuff Pack* is now available for purchase, introducing some fun new objects and clothing to fuel your Sim Toddler’s creativity.

One of the newest additions with this Stuff Pack, is the ability to host play dates for your little ones. The toddler life stage is an important time where they are learning how to walk, communicate their feelings, and start forming their own little personalities. Hosting a play date for your little one is a great way to build up relationships and fuel their creativity.

To host a play date, make sure you select an adult Sim in the household and use their phone to select “Plan a Social Event,” followed by “Play Date”. Here you can select the Sims you’d like to invite over for a play date (don’t worry, the little ones caregivers will come with them to join in on the fun!) Once your play date has started, your Toddlers will enjoy spending time with their friends playing with their new dollhouse, taking a ride down their new slide, and/or crawling around in new colourful tunnels.

Sim parents can also cook up some delicious backyard food with your new grill. Set up your new shade to protect your young ones from the harmful rays, and enjoy bonding with fellow parents while watching them play.

We can’t wait to see what fun your little ones will have with the addition of The Sims 4 Toddler Stuff Pack. Be sure to follow us on TwitterInstagram, and Twitch, Like us on Facebook, and Subscribe to our YouTube channel.

 

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

The Sims 4 Cats & Dogs is Coming this November!

Via: The Sims

The announcement you’ve been waiting for is here! It’s finally here! You knew it was coming. We knew it was coming. And with every delighted fiber of my being, I can now officially tell you that we’re in the midst of finishing the development of The SimsTM 4 Cats & Dogs* right now, and it will be available to play on PC and Mac worldwide on 10th November 2017.

We’ve been working on this expansion pack for a very long time, and my handlers had to restrain me so I wouldn’t spill all the beans. But, I’m going to spill some beans…

Create A Pet has returned, and it’s more powerful than ever. Search for a massive amount of cat and dog breeds, or mix any two breeds with just a few clicks to create the perfect mutt. But what about painting?! Whether you’re adding a few spots, adding a spot to the nose, or using Stencils to paint more complicated patterns, customising your pets has never been simpler! Oh, and we have costumes for cats and dogs. (Which yes, means your dog can go swimming while dressed as a shark.)

Once you enter live mode, you’ll see these are the most expressive, interesting, and distinct pets we’ve ever made. Cats will hide from dogs by standing on the fridge and peering down at the lowly humans. Dedicated owners can train their dog to perform a series of increasingly complicated tricks, or walk them around the all new world of Brindleton Bay to chase birds and stretch their legs. Traits make every pet truly distinct, but only the best pet owners will recognise their pets’ fears, desires, and more.

Once you have your puppy trained and the cat feeder all programmed, have your Sims purchase the local Veterinarian practice to start work on Monday. That’s right! You can own a Vet Clinic, hire the perfect staff, diagnose illnesses and perform surgeries to improve the wellness of the neighbourhood’s pets (and earn a few Simoleons).

We’ve been so eager to share this expansion pack with you, and it’s almost here. Lean over, scratch your own pet behind the ears, and start imagining the stories you’re going to tell with your Sims and their new four-legged friends. The Sims 4 Cats & Dogs will be here in just a few short months and we look forward to sharing more information with you soon.

Until next time, happy Simming!

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

 

It’s About To Get More Adorable With The Sims 4 Toddler Stuff, Coming Soon!

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Get ready for things to get more adorable with The Sims™ 4 Toddler Stuff Pack*, coming August 24, 2017!

Since the addition of toddlers in The Sims 4 at the beginning of this year, we have seen many Sims expand their families and open their homes to an assortment of unique and adorable little tykes. Now, with The Sims 4 Toddler Stuff Pack, your Sims tots will get some extra ways to express themselves as they continue to develop their personalities, interests, and friendships.

The Sims 4 Toddler Stuff Pack provides a variety of adorable new outfits for you to enjoy. Whether dressed as cute little foxes, or sprightly fairies, your tot’s imagination will run wild. But don’t worry, clothing isn’t just about play time. Your fashion-focused toddlers will enjoy a more stylish ensemble to fit their tastes, alongside new hair styles as well.

And what’s a toddler pack without new tot-sized playground equipment?! From hopping into the ball pit, to scooting down their new slide, or scuttling through colorful tunnels, there is lots of fun to be had. In fact, they can even play make-believe while watching their new play structure turn into a pirate shipwreck resting on the ocean floor, or exploring the galaxy as an astronaut – the choice is theirs. You can even invite your neighbors’ toddlers over for a play date! Let loose, make new friends, and let your Sim parents increase the fun through story telling, and cooking up the tyke’s favorite foods.

For those of you that are attending Gamescom in Cologne from August 22 – 26th, The Sims 4 Toddler Stuff Pack will be playable prior to its release! Visit us in the Family & Friends Zone in Hall 10.2.

We can’t wait to see what new play areas you create for your tots when The Sims 4 Toddler Stuff releases on August 24, 2017. Keep up to date on everything about The Sims 4 Toddler Stuff by following us on TwitterInstagram, and Twitch, Like us on Facebook, and Subscribe to our YouTube channel.

 

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