Sims 4: Sims Campers Explore the Create A Sim Mode

Sims Camp

Sims Camp attendees at Gamescom have provided a lot of information to impart regarding The Sims 4. It should be noted this game is still in it’s alpha stage, so information is subject to  change.

The Sims 4 Create-A-Sim Female

Participants had the opportunity to attend sessions with the game producers, who provided information and answered questions about The Sims 4. While they report that the producers refuse to commit to a release timeframe, and there is still a lot of work to be done, there are still a lot of things to look forward to as well. Among them: A direct manipulation tool which allows players to make minute adjustments in physical characteristics including body shape, body size, face, skin tone, hair, facial hair voice and clothing. Once your perfect Sim has been created, you can “lock in” your choices, or even opt for the randomizing feature. The CAS will work on three different levels for customization, each getting more detailed and minute.

The Sims 4 Create-A-Sim Face 2

Also, hair and hats will be selected independently so Sims can rock any hat with the hairstyle! One drawback; hair cannot be made longer using the direct manipulation, so you’re stuck with the length you choose. New Sim female voice styles include sweet, lilted and melodic, while males may choose from brash, clear or warm. Possible future options discussed among the design team include favorite colors and food types.

New Sim female voice styles include sweet, lilted and melodic, while males may choose from Brash, Clear or Warm. Possible future options discussed include favorite colors and food types.

 The Sims 4 Depressed Walking

Players will have over 50 traits to choose from in the base game; even Aspirations will make their return. Sims will actually be able to die from emotions, and will also randomly demonstrate either right or left-handedness! Personality will be captured through walking styles, such as perky, swagger and snooty; these can be overridden by another emotion, such has happiness or grumpiness. Children will be able to inherit these walking style from their parents too!

All in all, the Sim Campers relate that even the unfinished, unpolished product made playing The Sims 3 feel tired and dated. There’s a lot to look forward to so you can expect to see some new information from Build and Buy mode once the news embargo lifts on September 11th, 2013. See you later!

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The Sims 4 Create A Sim Has Ethnic Diversity (Live Broadcast Recap)

The Sims 4 Create-A-Sim Female

This morning, Jill Johnson, Associate Producer of The Sims 4, showed off the new Create A Sim tool during the live broadcast. We can’t stress enough that what you’re seeing now is the early development stages of The Sims 4. Since they’re taking in feedback from all around the globe, the game’s design and features are subject to change.

Right off the bat, you can begin customizing your Sim’s proportions by manipulating several control points around the body. Just like clay, you can sculpt the body by dragging the mouse around each point.  Want to have narrow shoulders with meaty forearms, or sculpt curvaceous thighs and small feet? Go ahead, the possibilities are endless!

Sims 4 Body Sliders

Turning the Sim around unravels even more customizable areas. You can adjust the size of the belly, or increase the size of their booty!

Sims 4 Ethnic Diversity

The design team has created a wide variety of ethnic face templates to choose from. You are free to customize them even further in “Detail Edit Mode,” like changing their pupil sizes, or adjusting their eyelids and folds.

Sims 4 Bodies and Skin Tones

There’s even a wide assortment of body templates to choose from, and you can adjust their physical attributes through the “Fitness” and “Heaviness” sliders. The former controls how muscular your Sim looks with abs and all, while the latter controls their chubbiness.

The Sims 4 Hats and Hairs

Hats are now separate from hairstyles! You can now place a hat on any hairstyle you please.

The Sims 4 Clothing Options

The Sims 4 returns with the standard clothing options of tops, bottoms, and shoes. The boots will now go over the pants, however, if you wear bell bottoms, the boots tuck under the pants.

The Sims 4 Swagger

After you’ve finished customizing their looks, it’s time to choose their traits, aspiration, and walking styles. So far there’s four different walking styles; default, perky, snooty, and swagger.

Well that’s it for now, the next Live Broadcast will air September 17th, so we’ll see you then!

 Notes from the Live Broadcast:

  • The game is currently in pre-alpha stage of development.
  • The 4 currently known walking styles are; default, perky, snooty, and swagger.
  • There are no weather nor pets in the base game.
  • The design team is working on longer and curlier hair.
  • You can choose from tops, bottoms, and shoes like The Sims 3.
  • The decor of a room can affect a Sim’s mood.
  • Hats and hairstyles are no longer attached and are now separate.
  • There’s no Create-A-Style for now, but there’s talks among the design team on whether they should include it.
  • There are currently 5 different ages.
  • Multitasking plays a big part in gameplay.
  • In Create-A-Sim, you can model almost any part of the body with just the mouse.
  • Currently, there are 3 voices: Clear, warm, and brash. There is also a bar for pitch.
  • No adjustable height sliders.
  • You can adjust the size of the feet.
  • You can preview a Sim’s emotion in Create A Sim.
  • There’s now a wide assortment of facial structures with more ethnic diversity than ever before!
  • Moodlets will be included with clothing. For example, wearing something like a red dress can make your Sim feel confident.



The Sims 4: Pre-Orders Now Available! $59.99 Limited / $69.99 Digital Deluxe

The Sims 4

The Sims 4 releases in 2014, and is now available to pre-order at the Origin Store starting today!

The Sims 4 Limited Edition (PC or Digital)

  • Price: $59.99
  • Includes:
    • Life of the Party DLC (Tiki Bar and Party Costumes)

The Sims 4 Digital Deluxe Edition (Digital Only)

  • Price: $69.99
  • Includes:
    • Up All Night DLC  (New Outfits, Parties, Decorations, and Recipes)
    • Life of the Party DLC (Tiki Bar and Party Costumes)
    • Origin Exclusive Content (TBA)

The Sims 4: Intuitive Tools, Emotion-Based Gameplay

The Sims 4 was finally revealed early this morning at Gamescom! Rachel Franklin, VP, Executive Producer from Maxis gave a brief presentation on what we can expect from the Sims 4.

Sims 4 Create A Sim Face

The Create A Sim tool now allows you to click directly on a Sim’s body to customize their looks. This is done all without the traditional sliders we’ve grown accustomed to. You can click on, for example, their nose, eyes, arms, hips, butt, or face and modify them in any way you please.  You can give your Sim a personality, choose their voices, and even select their walking styles.

Sims 4 Nose Create A Sim

Customizing your Sim is like sculpting clay.

Sims 4 Butt Slider.gif

Customizing each body part independently has never been easier!

The Sims 4’s Build Mode

The Sims 4 Build Mode House

Build Mode was redesigned to be intuitive and fun. Through a streamlined interface, you can lay down rooms, then expand and contract them using arrows along each side. We were pleasantly surprised to see that you can now move an entire room with all the furniture in place.

The Sims 4 Build Mode House (2)

New Emotion-Based Gameplay

The Sims 4 Family

This time your Sim interactions are designed around their emotional states. These states affect your Sim’s movement, behavior, and facial expression. Emotional states wear off over time, for example, after some time, a Sim will move from a depressed to sad state. Or if a Sim is furious, they can take their anger out on a punching bag to blow off some steam.

The Sims 4 Risque Painting

A Sim’s emotional state is also affected by their surroundings. For example, a “risqué painting” can influence the Sims to be flirty with one another. Coordinating a room with the right decor will really put your Sims in the mood!

The Sims 4 Quick Preview

The Sims 4 Family

Recently, information about the highly anticipated Sims 4 game have been revealed to the public. From the looks of things, we’re told it will be a deeper, richer Sims experience. Your Sims will be much more emotional and intelligent, allowing you to choose their personalities and aspirations, while exploring their life goals and memories.

Sims will have greater depth through body language, expressing their emotions from the way they walk. It will also be even easier to create Sims with the new tools provided. You can mold your Sims with the improved Create-A-Sim tool, and design their dream-home with a more intuitive Build Mode. With a diverse set of neighborhoods to choose from, you can bring your Sims home to life.

The game will include many unlockables though outfits, objects and traits, that can be discovered by completing events or obtaining collectibles. And certainly, you can also share your creations with friends and the community to further enrich the Sims experience. This only scratches the surface of what’s to come in The Sims 4.

More information about The Sims 4 will arrive August 20th at the big reveal at Gamescom! We’ll see you then!


The Sims 4 Big Reveal at Gamescom August 20th


EA will be revealing The Sims 4 at Gamescom (a European videogame trade-show) on August 20th, 2013! Today on The Sims Live Broadcast, Lead Concept Artist, Albert Truong, unveiled concept artwork for the new sexier, cooler, more appealing Sims 4 character designs.  EA chose to forgo realistic character designs and went for a more stylized, painterly effect that pulls inspiration from animated films and American illustrators. Generally, The Sims 4 applies “stylized realism” over their designs by using exaggerated facial expressions, color, and fashion to effectively communicate the personality behind the character.

Sims 4 Concept Art

The Sims 4 is coming out next year and SimCitizens will now actively cover information up until the game’s release! So stay tuned!