Unique Personalities For Your Pets

Via: The Sims

Hello pet loving Simmers! Last week we told you all about Create-a-Pet and how you can make that perfect little face and the perfect little ears come to life in that perfect little dog or cat. Well, I’m here to blow your minds: That’s not all! That’s right, once you create the pet you can take them into Live Mode to change your Sims’ lives forever. Or should I say, furrever.

First and foremost, we wanted the cats and dogs to feel like cats and dogs. We wanted them to act like animals, ignore social norms, and surprise you. One of the phrases we’d toss around is that they needed to be “Sims for your Sims,” and have that quality to them that is clearly dog-like or cat-like.

We told stories to each other of our pets and this guided our efforts. Things like how our cats always hide on the fridge to avoid the dog. Or how my dog always sleeps upside down on the sofa, or how your cat is a side sleeper on the floor.

We didn’t want players micro-managing their dogs and cats. That seemed to remove their soul when we experimented with it, but also removed some of the surprise and delight of dog ownership. Instead, we worked to make sure your dogs and cats communicate to your Sims when they need something. Hungry dogs will carry their bowl to their owner when they want food and snooty cats will complain and refuse to use a dirty litter box.

We created a slew of Traits to help dogs and cats feel truly distinct. I have a Pembroke Welsh Corgi in real life and I love that I can create an in-game Peaches that is Vocal, Hairy, and Active. Or, do I want her to feel Independent? Beyond this, cats and dogs also have quirks. Perhaps your cat is fierce when it comes to something, but absolutely terrified of the TV? You’ll never 100% fully understand your cat and dog, which is why it’s worth investing a lifetime of love to discover everything.

Dogs are very active and will need to be taken for walks. In addition to digging up surprises, some less fun than others, they’ll also chase birds, or demand a game of fetch down on the beach. Don’t worry, cats can also explore and find “gifts” to bring your Sims as well. In addition to walks, dogs can be trained a variety of tricks, or upgrade them to the full on obstacle course!

One of the great benefits of cats is how easily they entertain themselves. We created so many different cat condos to fit every sized home and level of cat fervency. Or, settle for the laser pointer and cat feather if you’re on a budget!

Most importantly, cats and dogs will love your Sims, and your Sims will love them. Sims are just happier around a furry companion, which makes all the work worth it when your Sim has a particularly rough day or just needs someone to talk to. After playing the game for months, I can say it’s almost impossible to go back to before having Cats and Dogs, much like it is for me in real life.

This November, your Sims will be able to adopt the most adorable puppy or kitten to bring to their home. From there, it’s up to your Sims to figure out what’s going on in their pets’ heads and how to give them the perfect home. We can’t wait for you to have this expansion!

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*Requires The Sims 4 game (sold separately) and all game updates to play. See https://www.thesims.com/cats-and-dogs-faq for minimum system requirements for this expansion.

 

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SimGuru Spotlight: SimGuru SarahJen

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We love our studio members here at Maxis. They are fun loving, creative, and super passionate about The Sims; and some love this franchise and community so much they decide to become SimGurus! Some of those passionate folks are on The Sims Mobile team and today we are here to have a chat with the wonderful Senior Producer for the product, SimGuru SarahJen.

Can you give us a brief introduction to yourself?
I love the Sims and have been in and out of Maxis for the past 15 years! I was a producer on The Sims 2 and on Spore! After Spore I left to work in Mobile Games for about 7 years and then came back to Maxis to work on my dream game, The Sims Mobile. I love working in games because I am surrounded by super creative people and there is always something interesting going on. I have two kids, a boy and a girl, who both love the game and in my free time I love to read and go on hikes in the Redwoods.

What do you do on The Sims Mobile?
I am the Senior Producer for The Sims Mobile, which means I wear a lot of hats. Most importantly, I make sure everyone on the team is focused on what will make a great game for our players. I also get to spend a lot of time with our marketing, publishing and community partners!

What’s’ the best thing about being a SimGuru?
It is such a treat to be able to speak to and interact with people who love our game and our franchise! I love meeting new people and hearing what they think about The Sims Mobile and what they would want to improve. The Sims Mobile is what it is because of feedback from the community. The legacy challenge, originally created by our very community for The Sims 2 and updated for The Sims 4, was the genesis for legacy gameplay in The Sims Mobile. We’ve listened to a ton of feedback from the community and much of it has been implemented in the game today!

What do you love most about The Sims franchise?
I love how creative you can be, especially creating unique looking sims! Often I get lost in Create a Sim and spend hours working on my perfect Sim when I should be checking a bug or doing other things. The creation tools that we give our players are really powerful and I love stretching them to see where they take me!

What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?
I don’t eat dairy, so I would probably have to go with coconut sorbet.

Check out our previous SimGuru Spotlights on SimGuruDuke and SimGuruNinja. Interested in our Simmer Spotlights? Check out our previous ones featuring JulyVeeGaming and the Family Vacation Build Challenge.

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Create The Most Unique Pets With Create A Pet

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Hello Simmers and cat and dog lovers everywhere! The Sims 4 Cats & Dogs* is just around the corner and we cannot wait to finally put this purrfect pack in your eager paws. We’ve been working on this game for so long and one of the very best features is the new Create-a-Pet. Folks…this version of Create-a-Pet is amazing!

Create-a-Pet is an area where we think we’ve always delivered a great feature in previous versions, so the bar was set rather high. We asked ourselves a few questions early in development:

•  Can we make it as powerful as The Sims 3, but more accessible?
•  How do we design fur that matches The Sims 4’s art style?
•  How many breeds can we make? The Sims 3 had so many!
•  Can we make a splash with a new twist?

The Sims 3’s Create-a-Pet had a layer system mimicked some professional graphics tools. But, it was so difficult to use, and we found most players weren’t able to tap into its power. If a great feature falls in the woods and nobody is there to play it, does it make a sound?

From the outset, we took the lessons from The Sims 4 Create-a-Sim and applied them to Create-a-Pet. Now, you can click and drag on pets to make their ears longer, their eyes cross, and their snouts longer. It’s fun, and there are so many ways to tweak your pets that it’ll make the version with Sims look tame by comparison. Instead of complicated layers, you can now directly paint on the coat, erase marks, rotate spots, and even tweak things like opacity without having to manage the layers. You can create breeds like Calico Cats or Siberian Huskies with complicated coats just like you could previously.

We also added a few tweaks to make it even easier. For example, you can use Stencils! Complicated patterns will blink on your pet. You choose a color, click the mouse, and it’ll fill in the blanks where you click. It’s so easy and fun to create a pet that is unique to you.

Matching the art style of The Sims 4 with complex fur wasn’t a small task and it took our team months to find a solution. We wanted our cats and dogs in The Sims 4 to all look more distinct, like their real-life counterparts, but also to have the “body and fullness” that Sim hair has in The Sims 4. To accomplish this, we added “snap on parts” for the pets. Little tufts of hair, beards, and patches of fur to create dynamic and interesting fur patterns. You can especially see this for breeds like the Golden Retriever or Poodle.

We spent months studying head shapes, ear shapes, tails, coat colors, and more to find ways to maximize just how many unique, special cats and dogs we can craft. As a result, I can name almost every dog in the game from memory. Test me!

Every pet looks so distinct, and now we have a search function to find them. Look for the bizarre, skin-tight Spynx or fluffy Persian. In the canine corner, the Airedale Terrier looks perfect and you can choose from a Pembroke OR Cardigan Welsh Corgi. Every pet looks special, but you’ll find that this isn’t just about looks. When we dive into Live mode, you’ll discover how special and unique they are in behavior as well.

Perhaps you want a mutt or mixed breed instead? We love mutts too! With the click of a button, you can choose any two breeds and randomize between them until you get the right features. Which, of course, you can then customize.

Two of my favorite breeds are the Labrador Retriever and Australian Shepherd. I love the Breed Mix tool as it lets me get the slick coat of a lab, with the vibrant Aussie pattern. Or, I can hit randomize again to get a fluffier Black Lab with two differently colored eyes. This tool perfectly demonstrates our entire goal with The Sims 4 Create-a-Pet: More power, better looking Pets, easier than ever!

Finally, we wanted to do something new. Something special. We wanted to make a splash. Can you say shark costume? Why stop at the water’s edge! Put a piece a toast on your kitty’s head, dress your pet in a taco, or aid their roar with a dino costume. Sure, you can focus on their harness, or collar, but why stop there when you can give your Doberman a fluffy winter cap? You wouldn’t.

You are going to have so much fun playing with The Sims 4 Create-a-Pet feature. I am positively typing this with glee because I think it may be the best creative tool we have ever made. Choose from a huge assortment of breeds. Mix them to create the perfect mutt or unique mix. Paint that spot you want in seconds. Dress them in a ridiculous costume. You’re going to love The Sims 4 Create-a-Pet feature when the pack is released this November. Start dreaming of your dream cat or dog right now!

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*Requires The Sims 4 game (sold separately) and all game updates to play. See https://www.thesims.com/cats-and-dogs-faq for minimum system requirements for this expansion.

 

New Experiences Coming Soon To Console

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With the announce of The Sims™ 4* coming to Xbox One and PlayStation®4 on November 17, 2017 we wanted to take a moment to dive a bit deeper into the additional content you can expect on day one of release! We know it’s important to provide additional experiences for you to tell your stories so we are happy to announce the following DLC will be available to purchase on November 17, 2017.

The Sims 4 Perfect Patio Stuff Pack*
For Sims looking to spruce up their patio, this pack is just the thing. Create a relaxing space where you can fire up the grill to enjoy a cookout with friends while enjoying lounging around in their new fashionable casual clothing. Had a stressful day at work? Your Sims will melt away their stress to kick back and relax in their all new hot tub. Don’t worry, if you aren’t the hot tub type you can kick back by the pool with a new stylish furnishing to relax the stress away.

The Sims 4 Vintage Glamour Stuff Pack*
Does your Sim enjoy the more refined things in life or enjoy a more classic feel? Do they want to spend more of their time enjoying all that life has to offer, rather than cooking and cleaning? Then The Sims 4 Vintage Glamour Stuff* is the perfect pack to fulfill their dreams. Builders will enjoy the glitzy new items; including the all new Vanity Table, 16th Century Monte Vista Globe Bar, and even a classy gold Giraffe lamp. For the more refined Sims who find themselves above normal home chores you can hire the Butler NPC to come and take care of all that work for you, some might even have interesting traits that you will learn about as you get to know your new house helper.

The Sims 4 Vampires Game Pack*
For Sims who enjoy living more of the Supernatural life, The Sims 4 Vampires Game Pack* is the perfect edition to your collection. You will be able to transform your Sims into powerful Vampires, become immortal, and enjoy the all new eerie world of Forgotten Hollow; where night time seems to last unusually longer than other worlds. Create your perfect Vampire with all new Create a Sim tools, including an all new “dark form”, and lots of new outfits and accessories. Unlock unique powers that give your Vampire Sims a variety of supernatural abilities.

The Sims 4 City Living Expansion Pack*
Are your Sims tired of living the suburban life? Look no further than The Sims 4 City Living Expansion Pack*. Enjoy the new bustling city of San Myshuno; meet new friends, try out new careers, enjoy local festivals, and find the apartment (or penthouse) of your dreams! Festivals occur in your local neighborhood that bring new activities and food for your Sim to enjoy, they can even get a festival exclusive T-Shirt from a local vendor to show support. Enjoy playing basketball with friends and going to the local Karaoke spot for a good evening out.

The Sims 4 City Living Expansion Pack, The Sim 4 Vampires Game Pack, and The Sims 4 Vintage Glamour Stuff Pack experiences will also be available for purchase as a digital bundle on November 17, 2017 worldwide. For more information about The Sims 4 on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 check out our announce blog.

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