Newcrest Update Adds New World, Tools, and More to The Sims 4

Sims 4 Newcrest 01

The Newcrest update is here! Born from fans’ desire for more space, the new world of Newcrest is a blank canvas of empty lots. A combination of elements from both Willow Creek and Oasis Springs, Newcrest comes with fifteen lots spanning three neighborhoods.


Sims 4 Fruitcake

The Welcome Wagon returns, gracing your Sims’ doorstep with the presence of their neighbors upon moving into a new home. They’ve even brought fruitcake! Invite them inside for a small social event.


Sims 4 Reagnomper

A new Don’t Fear the Reagnomper object can be found in the Build catalog, waiting to collect the remains of his fallen gnome brethren. Placing him indoors will cause his eyes to glow.


Sims 4 Tutorial Intro

The tutorial system has been revamped with new introductory popups. These include a short summary of the contents and allow you to easily skip any sections you don’t require help with.


Sims 4 Custom Room Tool

Lastly, we have a new Custom Room Tool and Custom Basement Tool. These allow you to draw custom room shapes. The starting point and last placed segment are indicated by a white sphere.


Move into Newcrest, A Brand New Sims 4 World!

The Sims 4 is getting a brand new world for players to fill! Arriving in a free update on June 11th, Newcrest is a totally empty world consisting of three neighborhoods.

Each neighborhood includes five lots of various sizes, perfect for any Sim homes or venues you couldn’t fit in the preexisting worlds.

Neighborhood #1

  • 50 x 40
  • 40 x 30
  • 40 x 30
  • 30 x 30
  • 30 x 20

Neighborhood #2

  • 30 x 20
  • 30 x 20
  • 40 x 30
  • 20 x 15
  • 20 x 15

Neighborhood #3

  • 30 x 20
  • 30 x 20
  • 30 x 20
  • 40 x 30
  • 40 x 20

We can’t wait to see how everyone transforms Newcrest into a thriving community!

The Sims 4 Celebrates Star Wars Day with New Costumes!

The Sims 4 Star Wars Costumes

To commemorate Star Wars Day, three new themed costumes have been released for The Sims 4! Cosplay as the Sith Lord Darth Maul, infamous bounty hunter Boba Fett, or Twi’lek Jedi Master Aayla Secura with new hats and full body outfits available in Create A Sim.

Four additional Star Wars costumes were previously released back in October of 2014.


Game Adjustments

The Sims 4 New Loading Screen

A number of new features and gameplay adjustments were included in the update, as well as a plethora of retail fixes for the Get to Work expansion. The loading screen was replaced, now featuring a spinning Plumbob and many helpful gameplay tips.


Sims 4 Baby Gender Influencers

Pregnant Sims can affect the gender of their baby with different foods and music. Eating carrots and listening to alternative music will increase the chances of birthing a male baby, while strawberries and pop music will do the same for females.


Sims 4 Role Requirement

When throwing a social event, the specific requirements for each role (e.g. host, guest, caterer, etc.) can now be viewed by hovering over a new question mark icon.

The Bunny Egg Hunt event has ended and the decorative egg collectible can no longer be found in normal gameplay. If you didn’t manage to collect all ten in time, they can be obtained through the Buy Catalog with the bb.showhiddenobjects cheat.

Apart from skin details, Aliens can now access all Create A Sim content available for normal Sims.

Other Changes

  • Dinner Party social events now support hiring a caterer.
  • A bug causing randomly generated Male Sims to use the same jaw shape has been corrected.
  • Testingcheats will remain active on the household it was entered on until disabled, even upon leaving the lot or exiting the game.
  • An autonomous ‘quick’ kissing interaction between family members and Sims in a relationship was mistakenly adding to their romantic relationship bar.
  • The Include Custom Content filter in the Gallery will now retain its setting after exiting the menu.

For a full list of bug fixes and adjustments, please view the patch notes available on the EA site or the Sims forums.

New Sims 4 Update Adds Basements and Much More!

Sims 4 Painting PortraitThe Sims 4 received a big update today, adding a good amount of cool content to the base game just in time for the Get to Work expansion. Without further ado, let’s get started on our breakdown.


World Selection Interface

Sims 4 World Selection

The world selection has a new interface and, despite my apprehension, is an okay addition. While it adds a bit of flair, it also adds an additional screen. The transition time is short, however, and it does look fancy.


Building Basements

Another fan request has been fulfilled with the free addition of basements to The Sims 4’s base game. On top of that, the ability to add a fourth floor to lots and pick up the entire lot in Build Mode were also included.

Sims 4 Basement

The Basement Tool is located in Build Mode under the walls and empty rooms category. Basements can go two levels deep, bringing the maximum number of levels on a lot to six. One interesting feature is the ability to delete the ceiling, allowing players to essentially create big holes in the ground. You can even make underground pools.

Sims 4 Move Lot

A welcome addition is the option to move an entire lot. Objects that are out of bounds are highlighted in yellow and will be deleted if placed in that position. No more placing lots from the Gallery, only to find them facing the wrong way and unable to rotate without manual adjustments.


New Hairstyles

Sims 4 WooHoo Weekend Hairstyles

The second half of our WooHoo Weekend rewards finally came today in the form of two new hairstyles. Fans were disappointed to only receive the gnome during the last patch, but it was worth the wait. These really exceeded my expectations.


New Features & Collectibles

A Notebook feature was added to the cell phone, accessed through a small, easily recognized button at the top of the cell phone menu. It documents what bait was used to catch a fish while fishing, and splicing recipes when gardening.

Sims 4 Painting Photo Reference

A big surprise is the inclusion of the photo reference painting feature. After choosing Paint from Reference (unlocked at level 3) and a size at an easel, a camera interface will appear. This will pause the game, allowing you to adjust the zoom and position of your photo reference.

Sims 4 Easter Objects

The Bunny Egg Hunt event kicks off through the month of April, adding a new Decorated Egg collectible type. You may find them in garbage cans, dig spots, or while searching for frogs. Find all ten and unlock the Bun Bun object in the Buy Catalog! The Mr. Floppy the Gnome and Guardian of the Gnomelaxy objects join the catalog as well.


Careers Update

Sims 4 Ask about Career

Non-played Sims will now be assigned careers! Along with that comes the ability to build relationships with your coworkers or classmates while at work or school. Sims can learn each other’s career through the new Ask about Career social interaction. Information regarding their job title, work schedule, and where they work can then be viewed from the relationship panel. Sims at the top of their career will be able to earn additional rewards and promotions, giving players a reason to maintain their Sims’ work performance.


The Sims 4 Celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with New Hats!

The Sims 4 St Patrick's Hat

The Sims 4 has received a new update today that fixes several bugs and crashes for the PC and Mac. With St. Patrick’s Day around the corner, they’ve added a new themed hat to Create-A-Sim for males and females.

Sims 4 Bare Essentials Gnome

The Bare Essentials Gnome eagerly awaits players in Build Mode as a reward for completing the WooHoo Weekend challenge.


The Sims 4 Genealogy and Valentine’s Update

Sims 4 Celebration

The Sims is celebrating its 15th anniversary with a new update for The Sims 4!

What’s New?

The main menu of the game has been revamped, adding banners, links to the latest patch notes and forums, and a Create New Household button for active saves.

Sims 4 Genealogy

Family trees are back, now called Genealogy. A Sim’s family tree can be accessed by clicking the Genealogy button in the Simology panel. Hovering over a Sim’s portrait will display their name, career, spouse, relation to the selected Sim, and cause of death if applicable. Married Sims are differentiated by a pink line connecting their portraits in the tree.


Sims 4 Valentine's Clothing

New Valentine’s themed clothing were added to Create-A-Sim, including one t-shirt per gender, boxers for men, and lingerie for women.


Sims 4 Anniversary Objects

Four new objects can be found in Build Mode, including:

  • Happy Gnomiversary!
  • Bearly Gnome
  • The “Lots of Love” Bear
  • Venue Wall Speaker: Winter Holiday

Whims (excluding emotional ones) can now be pinned, preventing them from being cycled out. To do so, hover over a whim and click the small Pin button.

Four new legacy achievements!

  • Legacy Player: Play a household for ten generations or more.
  • Alphabet Legacy: Play a household for 26 generation or more.
  • Legendary Legacy: Play a household for 100 generations or more.
  • Legacy Leader: Have ten households in the world that have been played for ten generations or more.

Adjustments / Bug Fixes

  • The infamous bug causing bartenders to ignore incoming drink orders has been patched.
  • Dates can be had on the currently active lot.
  • Fireplaces will no longer set ceiling lights and objects on the mantle ablaze, and the chance of fire spreading to nearby objects has been reduced.
  • Sims outside of your current household will now wave goodbye when leaving the active lot.
  • Outdoor Retreat: Sims can no longer enter the Bramble Patch while uncomfortable.


The Sims 4 Careers Update is Out!

Sims 4 Careers Update

Announced back in October, the highly anticipated careers update is now available!



Sims 4 Business Rewards

The Athlete and Business career tracks were added to the game, each with two branches.

At level 7 of the Athlete career, a Sim can choose between the Professional Athlete and Bodybuilder branches. while Sims in the Business career have a choice of either Management or Investor branches.

Sims 4 Athlete Rewards

In addition to the new careers, Sims can now acquire Paid Time Off by going to work, and have three days at the start. Female Sims can go on Family Leave during their third trimester of pregnancy, and both parents can take off after the birth of their child.



Many small adjustments were made to the game with this update, most notably:

  • Some career and aspiration goals were deemed too difficult or too large a gap between previous goals were made easier to complete.
  • Fruit and vegetables obtained through gardening can now be eaten.
  • Several doors, windows, and roof trims were given new color choices.
  • The rate of weight gain was reduced by half when your Sim is actually hungry.
  • Sims will no longer grab drinks from the refrigerator autonomously.
  • The lounge venue is no longer the Elder hotspot.
  • Objects will break less frequently.
  • Sims will now autonomously use swimming pools at venues.
  • You may now view the various panels for a Sim when they are at work.
  • A Sim’s life stage will now display when hovering over them.
  • Taking screenshots is enabled during Create A Sim.
  • The phone menu and career panel have received modified designs.
  • A layer of dirt will form on Sims with low hygiene.



Sims 4 Set as Head Cheat

Three new cheats were added to the game, and another was fixed. Testing cheats (testingcheats on) must be enabled in order for these cheats to work.

The Set as Head cheat has been fixed and can now actually be used. After enabled testing cheats, you can shift click on any object and place it on your active Sim’s head.

The sims.give_satisfaction_points # cheat allows you to instantly give your Sim satisfaction points based on the number inputted.

Players looking to unlock all career reward furniture without doing the work can use the bb.ignoregameplayunlocksentitlement cheat.

The kinara candles were able to placed on that shelf with the move objects cheat.


At last, the Move Objects cheat has made it to The Sims 4! bb.moveobjects allows you to place any item in any location, disregarding placement rules. In addition, pushing the 0 number key will move an object down, while the 9 number key will move it up.


The Sims 4: Pools and Swimwear (A Brief Tour)


The Pool Tool

Sims 4 Pool Tools

The Pool Tool is now available in Build Mode. Use it to draw pools in rectangular shapes. Its four other options extend to triangular, square, diagonal, and octagonal pools. These can be appended onto existing pools to create complex designs. For example, the “triangular pool” can be pretty handy for creating pools with diagonal corners.


Sims 4 Pool Decor

Add some decor with the placement of lights and decals. These objects can be placed both in and outside the pool.

Sims 4 Pool 2nd Floor

Pools can be built anywhere; from the ground, to the deck, and even the second and third floors. 


Pool Interactions

Sims 4 Poolside

There’s only a few pool interactions you’ll see on a regular basis. You can swim laps, splash others, or sit on the edge and chat. Sims with certain moodlets have access to a few more interactions. They could go for a ‘playful’ swim, or swim faster laps while ‘energized.’


Sims 4 Pee In Pool

Sims who pee in the pool, gain the “secretly relieved” moodlet. This boosts their playfulness but makes everyone else “uncomfortably warm.”


New Outfits!

Sims 4 Female Swimwear

This update adds the new “Swimwear” category for Sims of all ages. Women can wear bikinis and one-piece bathing suits in all sorts of colors and styles.



Sims 4 Male Swimwear

Men can wear board shorts, speedos, and a shark tooth necklace.


Sims 4 Child Swimwear

Girls can wear bathing suits in plain colors or polka-dots. Boys can choose from 3 different shorts in a wide assortment of colors.


Sims 4 Sunscreen

Be ready for the hot summer sun with two new sunblock face paint options available in Create A Sim.

The Sims 4: The Pools Are Here!

The highly anticipated pools update for The Sims 4 has launched! Log into Origin to automatically download the November 4th patch.

Pools can be found in Build Mode and built using triangle, square, diagonal, and octagonal blocks, or freely drawn with the Pool Tool. They can be placed on any floor of your lot! Pools have customizable wall and floor designs, and can be decorated with a ladder, lights, windows, and decals.

Sims 4 Pool

Get your Sims ready with the new Swimwear outfit category! New speedo, swim trunk, bikini, and one-piece swimsuits, as well as a new necklace and sunscreen lotion face paint are available in Create A Sim. Be wary of your Sim having dangerously low hunger and energy while in a pool, as they can now die from drowning.

Sims 4: Star Wars, Pools, and Other Free Updates to Come This Year!

October 1st Update

Sims 4 Ghosts

When a Sim dies, they can now return as a Ghost! Their appearance and special behaviors are affected by how they died. Their color will change depending on their emotional state. Traits and skills a Sim had while alive will carry over into the afterlife. Ghosts can added to a household and brought back to life. Additional information can be found in our Ghosts article.


Sims 4 Star Wars Costumes

Dress up as your favorite Star Wars character with new themed costumes! An X-Wing pilot suit, Leia’s robe and hairstyle, Darth Vader’s suit, and a children’s Yoda suit are available.


Sims 4 October Eyes

Fans disappointed by the lack of eye colors can now rejoice! Maxis has heard your requests and included five additional eye colors in Create A Sim: Dark blue, gray brown hazel, olive green hazel, dark blue hazel, and purple.

The Spooky music station has been added to the game.


New Cheats


Shows Debug objects in Build Mode.

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Adjusts the speed of a Sim’s animation in Create a Sim.


 Future Updates

November Update

  • November marks the grand addition of pools to The Sims 4!

December Update

  • Additional career paths and rewards will be added sometime in December.


These updates are all FREE and added via patch through Origin.