The Sims 4 Cats & Dogs is Almost Here (Console)

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Simmers, summer is in full swing, and we hope yours is going swimmingly. But before you power down and head to the beach, don’t you want to read more about The Sims™ 4 Cats & Dogs Expansion Pack* which releases July 31, 2018 on Xbox One and PlayStation 4? Of course you do! Here are ten things we hope you’ll love about this pack. We’re also introducing some awesome updates for Xbox One players below.

Create-A-Breed
The Sims 4 Cats & Dogs has so many unique breeds, each of which look gorgeous and distinct. But, beyond standard breeds you’d expect, like Russian Blue or Akita, you can easily create adorable mixed breeds with just a few clicks. It’s so easy to quickly craft the cat or dog you imagine. Did we mention adorable? Because they all are!

Painting the Pet
You can start by choosing a breed or crafting a mixed breed, but it’s super simple to add the perfect touches to your buddy. Will it be a pink nose, a lighter shade of fur, or even purple spots? It’s so easy to create pixel perfect creations or recreations of any dog or cat. Get ready for a pet paint palette you won’t want to put down.

Love You, Bay
With this expansion, you’ll get Brindleton Bay, a gorgeous seaside town designed with pets in mind. We made sure to create beautiful areas for a stroll with your pooch, including Pupperton Park, and cozy coastal spots like the Salty Paws Saloon. Whether you’re discovering the romantic secrets of the lighthouse, chasing birds near the docks, or digging for rare finds at the pet cemetery (spooooky!), you’ll have a lot of fun when taking your four-legged friend for a walk around the neighborhood.

Valiant Vet
Owning a business in The Sims 4 is something our community loves, and we love to experiment with it! In Cats & Dogs, the Pawspital is where your pets can get diagnosed for anything that ails them. As with other businesses, optimizing the perfect staff will keep your customers – both two-legged and four-legged – happy. Plus, you can tweak the layout for your Sims’ needs. This is a fantastic career, especially if your Sim can’t get enough of felines and playing fetch.

Pet Personalities
The traits are strong with this one. We spent months trying to understand the souls of cats and dogs and what our game would become. And, well, pets are unique creatures that make each of us delighted (or dumbfounded) in different ways. From stubborn and smart to playful and independent, traits truly change every pet’s behavior. Beyond that, every pet has unique quirks that you’ll have to discover yourself. Each pet you get will help your Sims tell a story.

Pet Costumes
This makes us smile so much. We wanted to add something entirely different for Create-a-Pet, and costumes filled that slot perfectly. They’re hilarious, charming, and incredibly reminiscent of so many photos on the Internet. We cannot wait to see what horrors you put your pets through in the name of adorableness.

Inside Their Heads
To control or not control your pets? Pets are individuals, and many times, a perplexing puzzle to us humans. So, in your Sims’ world, they’ll be able to uncover who their dogs are and bond with them without knowing their next move. Sims can investigate their companion’s behavior, and give them all the love they need. Oh, and if they’re paying attention, they’ll definitely know when pets need a bath or a visit to the vet. You’ll have such a swell time peering into those cute little eyes while your Sims wonder what the heck Fido is thinking. Hint: It’s probably belly rubs.

Surface-Level Felines
If you’ve ever had a cat, you know that they use every surface in the house as their own. It’s that lovable behavior that drove us to create the most authentic cat experience possible – Sims style! You’ll see your Sims’ cats jump on the fridge for an aerial view and the counter to avoid the pesky dog, hide under the bed, leap onto the bed, and leap everywhere in between. The world is a cat’s playground in The Sims 4 Cats & Dogs, just like real life.

All the Objects
Squeaky toys, cat feathers, laser pointers, and multiple cat condos abound. Don’t forget about scratching posts, pet beds, litter boxes, and litter boxes with lasers. But wait, there’s more! Create an epic obstacle course for your dog or watch how they perceive common household objects. There are so many ways to interact with your pets.

Cat on a Vacuum
Last but not least, let’s get to the messy part. Cats and dogs can create mild chaos, like hairballs and hair and pee and poo. If you want an easier way to clean up that mess, we made your Sims an automatic household cleaning robot. But we didn’t stop there. Your cat can ride the vacuum. In a shark costume. Aren’t games fun?

Bonus: EA Access Updates
Simmers, we’d also like to announce that The Sims 4 is coming to Xbox One players with EA Access** on July 12, 2018!

If you’re an EA Access member: Starting July 12, 2018, you can play all of The Sims 4 as long as your subscription remains active. Dive back into The Vault now with the latest addition of our ever-evolving library of great EA games.

If you’re a Simmer interested in EA Access: As a member, you can save 10% on The Sims 4 extra content (Expansion Packs, Game Packs, and Stuff Packs) as well as on EA digital purchases on Xbox One (full games, DLC, and more). You’ll also be able to play more games in The Vault, our library of games, and try the newest EA games before they release.

So, are you pupped for Cats & Dogs on console? Check out The Sims 4 Forums, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, like us on Facebook, and subscribe to our YouTube channel. Sign up for The Sims 4 newsletter to get updates, exclusive offers, and more (including other EA news, products, events, and promotions) by email and get Grim’s Goulish Guitar for free!

 

*Requires The Sims 4 game on applicable platform (sold separately) and all game updates to play.
**Conditions, limitations and exclusions apply. See https://www.ea.com/en-gb/ea-access/terms and https://www.ea.com/en-gb/ea-access for details.

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Meet the Climates

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This installment of the Climates is brought to you by The Sims 4 Seasons Expansion Pack,* which is available for PC and Mac.

Catch up on Part OnePart Two, and Part Three of The Climates.

Summer dived off the backyard platform into the crisp, refreshing escape of the family’s backyard pool. The sound of the world muffled as she went underwater, and she appreciated a moment of peace.

Teenage life is just so tough! Her parents keep hovering over her. “How are your grades?” they ask. “You won’t have a good career if you don’t study,” they say. “I don’t like you hanging out with Billy,” her dad insists. “How is Amanda? You’re still friends, right?” asks her mom. It’s just constant! There’s never a moment to just, like, escape.

And her little brother. Ugh. Summer’s face broke the water’s surface and she took a deep breath. She rubbed the chlorine from her eyes, and the air-breathing world came back into focus. Her dad was trying to enchant his beehive, though from the welts on his skin, it seemed to be going badly.

“Yipes!” shouted Arthur. “Bee nice, guys!”

“Groan,” responds Summer.

“Hey! That was a good pun.”

“And that was an oxymoron,” replied Summer.

Her dad bumbles off to find his bee suit, flustered by his beloved bees’ vigor with which they swarm him. Why couldn’t they actually pollinate his garden?

On the other side of the yard, Summer’s mom, Janine, splashed Nicolas in his kiddie pool. The little tike wasn’t big enough to swim in the pool yet, which was fine by Summer. The little turd would probably just ruin her swimming sessions.

Her parents were seriously so unfair. When she was little they would always scold her for not cleaning her room. Scold her for not doing chores. Scold her for her grades. But no, not Nicolas. The baby got away with everything. But he was such a terror!

Her dad stepped back outside, fully bedecked in his bee suit. He looked, frankly, ridiculous. Summer rolled her eyes before she could stop herself.

“Holy bee pollen, this suit is hot!” exclaimed her dad.

“You look ridiculous,” Summer jabbed.

“Oh, come on!” replied Arthur. “You used to be fun. You used to help me with the bees.”

“Whatever,” she responded.

Summer walked inside in a decidedly sulking manner, dripping water all over the floor, and flopped on her bed. She slammed the door and cranked up the music, so she could ignore everyone.

“Summer! Come down to dinner!”

Her mom sounded nicer than usual, but she wouldn’t be fooled.

“Nah.”

“No, seriously, Summer. We made your favorite.”

Ugh, her dad too. It’s a conspiracy. Always a conspiracy.

“Suuuummer, everyone is waiiiting.”

Her parents shushed the toddler. Why was Nicolas chiming in? Too curious to remain in a teenage mood, Summer changed out of her swimsuit and tromped downstairs.

“Surprise!”

The sound was deafening, less from the volume, and more from the sheer shock of seeing her entire social circle standing in her living room in bathing suits.

“Happy birthday, sweetie,” her dad says, grinning. “I made you some honey cake to celebrate with your friends.”

“But, when?” Summer was completely caught off guard.

“Your mom called us weeks ago,” her best friend, Judy, chimed in. “Come on, let’s go swim.”

Her dad kicked the stereo and her favorite song came on. The summer heat receded with the sun, but an army of teenagers raced out the back door and leap into the pool.

Janine tugged on Summer’s sleeve before Summer could run out to join her friends.

“We know we’ve been focused on Nicolas lately. He needs the attention, and frankly, you’re just so great at everything you do. We’re so proud of you.”

Summer gave her mom a huge hug.

“Not bad, eh kid?” says her dad, spatula in one hand and plate of burgers in the other, ready to light the grill.

“For once, Dad, I can honestly say you did something really cool.”

Summer grins and runs out to join her friends.

Thanks for joining us and the Climate family! Check out The Sims 4 Forums, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, like us on Facebook, and subscribe to our YouTube channel. Sign up for The Sims 4 newsletter to get updates, exclusive offers, and more (including other EA news, products, events, and promotions) by email and get Grim’s Goulish Guitar for free!

 

*Requires The Sims 4 game (sold separately) and all game updates to play. See minimum system requirements for this pack.

The Sims 4 July Builds of the Month

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Simmers, it’s that time again!

Check out The Sims™ 4 top five builds of the month, which are created and shared in the Gallery by our amazing community members and master builders.*

Mushroom House Day View by Chubit83

Once upon a mushroom, there was a creative builder named Chubit83. This home fit for a fairytale is almost too quirky and cute!

Fairytale Wedding by RABOOSKI

Speaking of fairytales, this enchanting venue is perfect for romance! Just look at those twinkling lights and gorgeous gardens. Can we move in?

Ancient Egypt by 88th-BombGeek

Pyramids, columns, and a touch of greenery make this archeological creation something of wonder. We can’t wait to dig up this artifact in the Gallery.

Catlovers Paradise by Kimmsterr

Hand over the scratching post because this humble home is where Kimmsterr’s furry felines have fun!

Modern Jungle Home by leni3902

Bright, tropical, and beautifully decorated, this modern home is a wonderful hideaway, complete with palm trees and peaceful ponds.

Thanks to all five of these superstar players who are building amazing creations for the community! All of these builds are available via the Gallery.

Check out The Sims 4 Forums, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, like us on Facebook, and subscribe to our YouTube channel. Sign up for The Sims 4 newsletter and get Grim’s Goulish Guitar for free!

*Requires The Sims 4 game (sold separately) and all game updates to play. Some builds require specific expansion packs, game packs, or stuff packs. See minimum system requirements.

Meet the Climates

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This installment of the Climates is brought to you by The Sims 4 Seasons Expansion Pack,* which is available for PC and Mac. This story also features content from The Sims 4 and The Sims 4 Spa Day, available on PC and Mac via Origin.

Before diving in, check out Part One and Part Two of The Climates.

Part Three – Down the Rabbit Hole

Breathe in. Breathe out. Breathe in. Breathe out.

Arthur shifted between poses, steadily increasing the difficulty of the postures. The slow, consistent downpour of the rain calmed his nerves, eased his clouded mind . . . and masks the noise of his fart as he bends uncomfortably far.

Arthur’s eyes dart left and right checking to ensure his wife didn’t hear him. She would never let him forget it. Summer would also mock him relentlessly. Nicholas would just imitate him, solidifying his yoga faux pas for days to come. Confident the coast was clear, Arthur exhaled once more to finalize his routine. He stepped out of the gazebo into the rain.

Arthur loved the rain. The way it smelled, the way it sounded as it hit the roof, the way it brought life to the ground.

“Getting a little philosophical there, Art,” he said aloud to himself.

He examined the plants in his garden, and made sure the rain was filling the soil with its life-giving nutrients. He took another quick look around the yard, gradually getting more and more soaked, and ended up under his favorite apple tree.

“Honey, you coming inside?” Janine shouted from the porch. “It’s really coming down out there.”

“Yes, just a minute!” responded Arthur.

Still feeling a bit zen from the yoga, Arthur stretched out his arms and looked up into the sky. I could just take a shower here, he thought to himself.

Crackle. Crackle. Boom!

Lightning struck Arthur and knocked the wind out of him. His vision faded. The darkness closed in. Arthur mumbled toward the porch to tell Janine he’d be a few minutes longer.

Arthur’s eyes closed.

Sometime Later

Arthur awoke, but found himself not in his yard, but some place entirely different. The rain had stopped, and the sun was shining. There were flowers blossoming everywhere and the wind had disappeared.

The world looked off. Definitely weird.

“Where am I?” asked Arthur aloud.

He heard a rustling nearby and turned his head quickly to check the source.

“Welcome, dear Arthur!” exclaimed a gigantic, Sim-sized bunny standing over him.

Its voice was as high-pitched as its ears were large. It wore an antiquated, yet colorful outfit and swayed back and forth on the balls of its feet.

“Haha, my friend! I said welcome,” repeated the bunny. “Come! You must find my eggs!”

Arthur slowly stood on his feet, scratched his head, and looked around for someone to explain what was happening.

“Your eggs?” he asked.

“Precisely!” responded the bunny.

It walked off in the opposite direction, a dainty bounce to its gait. Arthur followed, slowly at first, then picking up speed as he felt his senses returning.

“There’s one!” shouted the bunny. Arthur bent down to examine the spot and found an egg. He stored it in his pocket and followed the bunny, who quickly began moving again.

“There’s another! Hoo boy!”

This continued for some time. The bunny would point out an egg, Robert would grab it, and the bunny would joyfully throw colorful flower petals into the air.

Finally, they reached the end of the yard. The bunny abruptly stopped, turned, and asked for the number of eggs. As he reached into his pocket, Arthur dropped to the ground. The darkness clouded his vision once again. Everything in the world, including the bunny, faded from existence.

Sometime Even Later

“Dad? Dad? Can you hear me?” asked Summer.

She loomed over him, a few feet from his face. Arthur crackled with a strange energy – and a dizzy feeling – as he looked up at his concerned daughter.

“Where’s the bunny?” asked Arthur.

Summer looked at her mom. The two of them locked eyes.

“There is no bunny,” said Janine.

She held Nicolas, who was in tears at the sight of his dad lying on the ground.

“I’m okay buddy. I’m okay,” Arthur said as he stood up.

“What the heck happened out here?” asked Summer.

Arthur ran his hand through his crispy hair and explained the lightning strike. He looked around the yard for a long time. He knew the rabbit was real. He couldn’t be imagining things. Just then, he reached into his pocket.

“Believe me now?” he asked, with an egg in his hand.

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*Requires The Sims 4 game (sold separately) and all game updates to play. See minimum system requirements for this pack.