Toddlers have arrived In The Sims 4!

One of the major complaints when The Sims 4 broke ground was the lack of toddlers in the base game. Every new feature and update announced from thereon had hundreds of complaints about the missing life stage.

Toddlers Sims 4 Room

We knew through datamining that toddlers were planned at some point. When all the age groups are listed together, there was one entry that was conspicuously left blank. This led to theories that they would be added in some kind of DLC later down the line. Yet almost after a year of waiting, people had given up hope…but that ends today!

Toddlers Skills Sims 4

Toddlers have been in the works for quite some time. They come with hundreds of new animations,  dozens of new interactions, along with a slew of outfits. You can teach them to talk, help develop their skills, or even make them dance.

Toddlers will be available as a free update starting TODAY on The Sims 4!

City Living’s New Clothing, Hairstyles, and Aspiration!


Thumbnail View


It could get quite troublesome having to navigate through several units in an apartment complex. To help alleviate this issue, The Sims team has added a thumbnail view. With this, you can hover over each apartment unit to view its traits and household details.


Multi Story Apartments


Some apartment units can have up to two or three floors. You can page through each floor in thumbnail view to get a glimpse of its entire layout.


MyShuno Meadows


Myshuno Meadows is a special 64 x 64 lot that, for the first time, includes an actual pre-made wedding aisle. Fireworks placed close to the wedding arch will go off right as the newlyweds kiss!



If you head a bit away from this venue, you’ll encounter a dining area with a Ramen and Chinese Food cart. Sims can try haggling for lower prices at these stalls.



Next to the dining area is a butterfly garden with several memorials scattered about. Each memorial contains little tidbits on the history of San Myshuno.


New Fashion

With designs inspired by Japan and India, City Living aims to provide a range of attire meant to depict a city’s melting pot of cultures. New to this expansion are head wraps that cover a range of patterns and colors. 

Men will receive the man bun hairstyle prominently featured in recent trailers. Snakeskin pants and leather jackets are only a small sample of what’s to expect from the pack.


Acting as a public servant, an NPC wearing this racoon suit will clean up trash Sims have lying around.


City Native Aspiration

A brand new aspiration will help Sims discover all the sights and sounds around San Myshuno. Sims following this track will visit festivals, paint murals, and critique various things.


A New Type of Death

Sims can experience a new form of death if they eat a low quality pufferfish from one of the food carts.




Basketball has been improved since the previous Sim games. This object will now allow several Sims to shoot hoops at the same time. The basketball hoop is separated from the court itself allowing Sims to play basketball in tight spaces. The expansion will ship with two types of hoops, one free standing, and another that attaches to a wall.


Dynamic Neighborhood Changes


Open spaces around the neighborhood can dynamically change with the addition of Food Carts. Some stalls may close for the night, while other will open with new seating areas and decorative lights.

The Uptown District


We’ve finally gotten a peek at the last neighborhood in San Myshuno. The Uptown district is placed atop several sky scrapers giving you the best view of the city. This district is home to Skye Fitness and the Star Gazer’s lounge. The latter is actually a penthouse with a pool and the romantic aura lot trait. 

Dynamic Signboards


Not only will you be notified in-game of the various festivals, but the dynamic signboard when placed on your lot can display advertisements of upcoming festivals.


Wall and Floor Mural


You can place murals on the walls and floors and have your Sims paint graffiti, cultural, or political artwork. These objects can be resized in build mode, and the artwork will scale to match the new dimensions.


Sims 4: City Living: Apartment Units and Objects

A recent Sims livestream covered a bit more information on apartments. Read on below for more details on what we gathered from the stream.

Apartment Setup


An apartment complex can hold several family units. Each family unit besides the player’s is hidden from view. By hovering over a neighboring unit, the player will be given a glimpse at the layout of the apartment.

From time to time, Sims from neighboring units can be seen in the hallways. These Sims may communicate with other neighbors or interact with objects in the hall.

Objects within this space include the trash chute, elevator, bulletin board, and mailbox. The bulletin board, in particular, serves as a place to notify neighbors of their bad behaviors. For example, you could leave an affirming or passive aggressive note for neighbors who chose to blast their music.


As you get friendlier towards your neighbors, your Sim will have the option of giving them a key. Doing so will make the neighbor drop by whenever they please. What a perfect time to try out the new game console. This fun new object allows several players to participate in competitive games both online and off.


Lot Traits


Lot Traits give your apartment special quirks that provide positive or negative effects. You can change these traits as you please, but some of them are attached to the apartment itself and can not be removed.

Traits can also be applied to lots in different neighborhoods. This could help raise the difficulty of the base game based on which ones you choose.

Some traits included in this expansion pack are as follows:

  • Fast Internet: A great online connection helps out those looking to improve programming, video game, and writing skills.
  • Filthy: From clogged sewers to grimy counters, this place seems to get dirty very quickly.
  • Chef’s kitchen: Food prepared in this kitchen just seems to taste better, and comes out in better quality.
  • Gremlins: Stuff breaks here a lot, it’s like there are tiny goblins who come out at night and smash things.
  • Grody: Sims have a chance to get nauseous when eating, drinking, or using the bathroom.

Other traits include; Quake Zone, Penny Pixies, Mean Vibe, Cursed, Romantic Aura, and Great Soil.

New Objects


Several of the new objects were showcased in the Fashion District, a trendy neighborhood with architecture inspired by Tokyo and Shanghai.

A talking toilet, a curved TV, and a karaoke bar are some of the amenities you may find within the penthouse.


The talking toilet, as the name suggests, has the ability to converse with your Sim. It also features a hologram that can display the news, a disco ball, or a waterfall.


You can put your Sim’s vocal chords to the test with the new Karaoke Bar. Raising your Sim’s singing skill will unlock up to 16 songs, four of which are duets.


The Neighborhoods of San Myshuno: The Sims 4 City Living

San Myshuno is divided into four neighborhoods, each inspired by different cultures ranging from Indian and Arab, to Japanese and African. The festivals found in these districts are meant to represent the melting pot of cultures that one might find in a city.


Spice Market

First we start off with the Spice Market that was prominently shown in the recent Sims livestream. It’s full of brownstone apartments with hints of visual elements inspired by India.


This will be the neighborhood your Sims will first move into. Nestled between the streets and basketball court is the Spice Festival, giving your Sims the chance to try out foods from different cultures.


The Arts Quarter

The Arts Quarter features apartments with a modern design. Starving artists young and old can be found near the food stands trying to make a quick buck.

Arts Quarter, Sims 4 City Living

Here you can find the Art Museum inspired by the Yuerba Buena Center of San Francisco. This neighborhood is also home to the Lantern Festival, giving Sims the opportunity to view fireworks across the sky.


The Fashion District

Some of the best views of the city will be offered here at the Fashion District. Featuring a community space several stories from the ground, this neighborhood will be home to both GeekCon and Romance festivals.


Star hopefuls in San Myshuno will love Planet Sing-Pop, a new venue where sims can stretch their vocal chords in the all-new Karaoke bar.



The last of the neighborhoods is Uptown, a high rise financial district where the wealthiest of Sims can meet up at a lounge high above the city.  Unfortunately this neighborhood appears to be under wraps at the moment, so hopefully we’ll get a glimpse of it in the upcoming weeks.

Leaky Pipes & Noisy Apartment Neighbors In The Sims 4: City Living

Negative Effects

One of the things I love about City Living is the revival of negative environmental effects. No we’re not talking about weather, but rather, things outside of your control in the environment that have a negative impact on your Sim.

For example, depending on where they live, Sims will have to deal with neighbors who might be a bit overly romantic during those hot steamy nights. Others will have to put up with tenants with loud music, or neighbors who wish to use your shower.


Some negative situations will be included with apartments by default. These include apartments with rodents, leaky pipes, and faulty electrical wiring. It’s implied that these situations will lessen as you move to higher quality apartments. However, it is unknown at this time if they’ll allow you to invest in improving your apartment’s infrastructure so these events could happen less often. 

Apartment Traits


Embedded in each apartment are special traits could have a positive or negative impact on your Sim. One apartment could have a trait that improves your children’s learning skill. Another apartment could be cursed with ghosts haunting your appliances.


Your Wacky Neighbors


It appears that each apartment complex will come with a set of neighbors with personalities inspired by TV shows. This could create for some unique storytelling situations as you see them interact with others in the apartment’s common area. Optionally, you can give your neighbor a key and have them stop over at any time they please.

You can even have your very own roommate to help assist you with the rent. But do make sure you pay your rent on time to avoid the wrath of your landlord.

Apartment Space


Apartments have limited space and prevent you from knocking down any walls. If you move your Sim into a penthouse, you can rebuild the entire area from scratch just like houses in other neighborhoods.


Collect Trading Cards in The Sims 4 Kids Room Stuff!

The Sims 4 Kids Room Stuff pack is coming next week on June 28th! Awesome activities, outfits, and bedroom decor for child Sims await.

Sims 4 Kids Stuff Puppet Theater

First up is the Puppet Theater, where kids can put on puppet shows for their family and friends. Putting on performances will increase their social skill, which in turn unlocks new plays. There are five plays in total for kids to unlock.

Sims 4 Kids Stuff Voidcritter Battle Station

An all-new feature for the Sims franchise arrives with the addition of the Voidcritter trading card game! There are twenty cards for Sims to collect, trade, and train. Kids can insert their cards into the Voidcritter Battle Station to compete against each other. With their cards in place, the cute critters will appear onscreen and commence battle.

Sims 4 Kids Room Stuff Screenshot

Define their personal style with an assortment of science fiction, nature, and athletic themed furniture. Cover the walls with posters of the latest tween pop star sensation for the music lovers.

Sims 4 Kids Stuff Tweens

Crank up the new Tween Pop radio station or BEtween TV channel included in the pack to amuse the kids and annoy their parents.

The Sims 4 Dine Out Livestream: Restaurant Rundown

On the cusp of the launch of the Dine Out game pack was a new livestream with information regarding the restaurant management system. Let’s take a look at some of the features you can expect to see when the pack releases on June 7th.

Sims 4 Restaurant Management

The business button located to the far right of the screen will be your go-to location in customizing your restaurant.

Restaurant Employee Sims 4

With the Manage Employees button, players can hire chefs, hosts, waiters. Listed underneath each potential employee are stats that influence their performance. For example, with chefs, the cooking skill and mixology skill influences the quality of food and drinks they prepare. Waiters rely on the fitness skill to reduce the chances they drop a meal. In addition, Charisma will also be necessary to improve the customer’s satisfaction to their service.

Restaurant Management 2

Within the Restaurant Settings menu, you can setup the price markup, advertising costs, the restaurant’s menu, the employee uniforms, and the customer’s dress code. You can set the price markup to a maximum of 300%. However, high markups require high quality food. Customers may give the restaurant a poor “Value Rating” if the high price doesn’t match the quality.

Sims 4 Dine Out Menu

Certainly it wouldn’t be a restaurant if you couldn’t customize the menu. Underneath each meal is a difficulty rating that could lead to poor quality meals if the chef has low cooking skills. If you don’t have the time to sift through all the meals, there are presets available to help you fill the menu quickly.

Your employees will have a selection of uniforms to select. Aside from full-body attire, there are restaurant themed tops as well.

The final option in the Restaurant Settings menu lists the customer dress code. Here you can select everday, athletic, swimwear, party, and sleepwear.

Customer Talk Sims 4

As the manager, you’ll mainly be tasked with keeping your customers happy! You can welcome them to the restaurant, check on their table, and give them free drinks, food, and desserts. You’ll also will be responsible for keeping your staff in line through praising, criticizing, firing, or paying for their training to increase their skills. With cooks, there’s even an extra menu where you can suggest changes to their cooking speed.

Restaurant Stats Sims 4

Clicking the Shift Summary button opens up a panel with the current status of your restaurant. From here you can view your net profits, customer reviews, and employee satisfaction.

Sims 4 Rating

Above each customer is a star rating that represents their current satisfaction with the restaurant. By hovering over that sim, you can see their opinion on the restaurant. As you increase the star rating for your restaurant, more and more Sims will stop by to the point where you could see 16 sims at a given time. A neat little interaction for the more important patrons, like the Food Critic, is the “prioritize food” option. This speeds up meal preparation for the table you select, at the cost of delaying another customer’s meal.  

Sims 4 Perks

As you continue to run the restaurant, you’ll earn points that can be spent on Restaurant Perks to add additional functionality to your business. First we have, “Curious Customers” which unlocks a new interaction where customers can ask management what dish they should order. There’s also “Surplus Harvest,” a temporary perk which reduces the cost on ingredients to prepare the meal. “Meal Rush” applies a temporary boost to the number of customers who visit the establishment. Other perks we saw include, “Patient Patrons,” “Well Managed,” “Tidy Tippers,” and “Well Funded Foodies.”


Sims 4 Introduces Gender Fluidity to Create-a-Sim


Today’s new update marks the first time in Sims history where Sims can officially wear clothes outside of their gender. Kiss those mods goodbye, as now your Sims will gain access to almost the entire lineup of clothes, hairstyles, voices, and accessories that were previously only available to specific genders.

Gender Update Examples

Create-A-Sim will now utilize a Gender Customization option that allows you to change whether the Sim has a masculine or feminine frame, their toileting behavior, and whether or not they can be impregnated. Create-A-Sim will also have a new filter that lets you toggle the display of masculine or feminine fashion choices.



Gender Update Render

These new changes follow in line closely to games like Saints Row 3, which was one of the few at its time to allow the main character to wear clothes of either gender.

Sims 4 New Gender Options To help visualize these changes, let’s go through the process of creating a new sim. First you select whether the Sim is male or female. By default the clothing options, hairstyles, and accessories will only display fashion choices matching the Sim’s sex.  If you wish to display clothing of the opposite gender, you’ll need to disable the [masculine] or [feminine] filter.

Sims 4 Gender CustomizationUnderneath the male and female symbols are the Gender Customization Options. This allows you to change your Sim’s physical frame, their clothing preference, their pregnancy setting, and how they’ll use the toilet.

For those curious about the random generation of townies, Lindsay Pearson took to twitter to clarify that “the game will not automatically create any NPCs using this new functionality.”

Sims 4 Sunlight effect

Aside from this, we finally have the new lightning system that was announced in a previous post. This new effect allows both the sun and the moon to project through the windows if the player sets their Lighting settings to Very High in Options.

The Sims 4 Dine Out Restaurant Customization Preview

In The Sims 4 Dine Out Game Pack, players can create, own, and manage their very own Restaurant Venue. First off, you’ll need get those creative juices flowing and pick a name for your restaurant.

More important; however, is the choice of aesthetic. There are all sorts of possibilities for designing a unique restaurant, the only requirements being a bathroom, Host Station, Waiter Station, Chef Station, and some Dining Spots for your customers to comfortably enjoy their meal at.

Sims 4 Dine Out Wait Staff

There are three job positions that you’ll need to fill in order to run a well-oiled restaurant: Host, Wait Staff, and Chef. The host greets the customers and shows them to their table. The wait staff then takes their order and delivers their meal after it has been prepared by a chef.

From the Employee Settings menu, you can choose uniforms for your staff, and dictate the dress code of your customers.

Sims 4 Dine Out Customer Review

One of the keys to running a successful restaurant is maintaining a balance between customer satisfaction and your profit margins. The quality of your restaurant will be judged on a five star rating scale based on its service, ambience, and food.

Once a patron has paid their bill, a star containing a number will appear over their head, indicating the rating they’ve given your restaurant. These Customer Reviews will dictate the overall star rating of your restaurant. You can view your restaurant’s rating through an interface shown in the trailer. It also lets you know the areas in which you could improve, and those in which you excel.

By improving your rating, you’ll earn points used for unlocking Restaurant Perks. Among the list of perks are extra wait staff positions, discounts on ingredients, and the Inspirational Speech social interaction.

Sims 4 Dine Out Food Critic

As the owner, your Sim can chat up restaurant patrons, even offering to comp their meal, to increase your star rating. When a Food Critic stops by, you may want to recommend an ideal meal for him to taste. You don’t want to keep him waiting!

Sims 4 Dine Out Customize Menu

There are several preset food menus for the restaurant that you can choose from. Otherwise, you can customize your own menu, selecting each and every dish that your restaurant can serve.

There are four meal categories available for patrons to order from, including Appetizer, Main, Dessert, and Drink. Mix in some experimental dishes to make your restaurant’s menu stand out.

Sims 4 Dine Out Customizable Sign

Among the new decorative objects in the pack are a new aquarium and a set of customizable signs. You can add all sorts of decals to the blank signs to represent your restaurant.

Look forward to experiencing all of this and more when The Sims 4 Dine Out debuts on June 7th!

The Sims 4 Lets The Sunlight In With A New Update

Sims 4 Sunlight effect

SimGuruPizza shared a screenshot of the new lighting effect that’s coming along in a future update. This effect allows sunlight to cast through the windows against objects and the floor.

Sims 4 Sunlight Effect

The new effect was first spotted for a brief moment in the new trailer for The Sims 4: Dine Out! Here you can see the sunlight shine over the tables and the wood panel flooring.

Aside from that, there have been other minor tidbits revealed on Twitter as well. For instance, we can have birthday party and dates inside the restaurant.  We can also post our photos to “Simstagram” and receive a +1 Happy Moodlet for doing so.  Well that’s all for now, see you next time!