Please keep in mind that a lot of information came from Gamescom/Simscamp last August and The Sims 4 was still in pre-alpha then.
Pre-Alpha means that the features are not locked into the game yet. This means that any of the features mentioned in this article could be removed or adjusted by now, or new features have been introduced into the game.
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- New Sims – Create and control more intelligent, more relatable, and emotionally rich Sims.
- Intelligence – Your Sims move and act more naturally than ever before, from multitasking to expressing their emotions by the way they walk. Choose the personalities of your Sims, select their aspirations, and explore the depth of their lifelong goals through your Sims’ thoughts, social skills, careers, and memories.
- Emotional Depth – For the first time, Sims feel and express emotions. Your Sims can experience a diverse range and depth of emotional states and are influenced by interacting with other Sims, actions, events, memories, and even by the clothing and objects you choose for them. Emotions offer you more choice by giving you the opportunity to create richer stories with even more possibilities.
- New Creative Tools – Create A Sim and Build are more powerful, intuitive, and fun than ever before. You have the freedom to sculpt Sims with tactile precision. Effortlessly construct the home of your dreams with the all new room-based Build Mode.
- Vibrant Neighbourhoods – Choose among brilliant and diverse lots for your Sims to live in. Vivid visuals bring your Sim’s home to life.
- Rich Rewards – Earn new objects, outfits, and traits by completing events, discovering collectables, and unlocking achievements.
- Share Your Creations – Share your Sims’ households with your friends and the community. Download community creations for an all-new look.
2 September 2014 (North America), 4 September 2014 (Europe & Australia), 5 September 2014 (UK)
New Emotional Gameplay.
Emotions can be considered a temporary trait that influences the interactions your Sim can do. For example a Sim cannot flirt when he/she is Angry.
Certain objects can enhance an emotion that the Sims is already feeling.
Colour does not influence Sims’ mood, a blue room won’t make a Sim sad.
Emotions cause different walks/facial expressions (when appropriate).
Negative (sad) emotions are not a bad thing because they unlock other gaming possibilities.
Depressed Sims gain access to different artistic, writing and musical styles.
Angry Sims will exercise more effectively and gain the ability to “Rage Run” on a treadmill or take anger out on punching bag.
Emotions come in base and tone form, for example the base emotion Angry can have an Enraged tone
Sims can carry their emotions overnight. So if something bad happens and your Sim gets angry, he can still be angry the next day, until you cheer him up.
15 Base Emotions
This list is unconfirmed, the final list was not available yet at Gamescom and there have been many sources quoting different lists. This list will be updated as soon as a full list is confirmed.
- Angry – Enraged – Furious
- Flirty – Passionate
- Happy – Elated
- Neutral (Default)
- Sad – Depressed
Also called Buffs in The Sims 4 and they influence which emotion your Sim is in
Several moodlets can stack up and become an emotion
There are 5 Personality trait slots that define your Sims’ personality. Then you can unlock new traits with the aspiration system.
Achievement Traits like Green Thumb & Natural Cook (names not confirmed) are examples of traits you can unlock with the aspiration system.
Personality Traits mentioned so far:
- Gregarious – Unlocked with Friend of the World Aspiration
- Quick Learner – Unlocked with Renaissance Sim Aspiration
- Loves outdoors
- Loves outdoor
- Hopeless romantic
- Art Lover*
- Music Lover*
- Dastardly – Unlocked with Deviance Aspiration*
- Mastermind – Reward trait unlocked with Deviance – public enemy aspiration*
- Tormentor – Reward trait unlocked with Deviance – Chief of mischief aspiration*
- Domestic – Unlocked with Family Aspiration*
- Essence of flavor – Unlocked with Food Aspiration*
- Business savvy – Unlocked with Fortune Aspiration*
- Alluring – Unlocked with Love Aspiration*
- Collector – Unlocked with Nature Aspiration*
*Traits shown by SimsVIP at E3 Sims 4 booth, subject to change
Aspirations are similar to Lifetime Wishes or Wants from the previous The Sims games
Can have more than 1 aspiration, though it has not been confirmed yet how this works. Can Sims have several aspirations at the same time or is it one after the other?
With aspirations the Sims are able to unlock new outfits, objects and traits.
Known Aspirations so far:
- Friend to the World – Unlocks gregarious trait that allows the Sim to make faster friends
- Renaissance Sim – Unlocks faster learning trait
A goal your Sim wants to do in the moment (The Sims 2: Want – The Sims 3: Wish), like mix a drink or play with a chess set.
Grants Lifetime Happiness points
Confirmed they are similar to The Sims 3, player based not Sim based.
- 50 mile high club – Woohoo in rocket ship
Just a mention that they will be there
- Young Adult
SimGuruSarah has confirmed Sims have the ability to get twins and triplets.
And babies will have legs.
Deaths will be less random and depend more on your (lack of) action
Meteors are confirmed to not be in the basegame
Death by laughter has been confirmed on the E3 press conference.
They haven’t said much about other deaths, except Sims can still die of hunger and fire.
These careers have been mentioned so far:
An event system has been mentioned. For example a Sim can host a singles event, invite all the singles in the neighbourhood to a party. Or as a chef attend a special event dinner
It sounds more in-depth than the Opportunity system from The Sims 3
These skills have been mentioned so far:
- Woohoo (1 to 5)
Cleaning is there but not a skill
Drinks in screenshots and early hints suggest there is also a Bartending/Mixing Drinks skill
Poetry has been mentioned, but it’s not clear if that is a new skill, or maybe part of writing.
Sims look at each other
Interactions can be done seated or standing
Multitasking is only when appropriate! So no writing on the computer and talking.
So far we know that Sims can:
- Walk and talk (exercise and social need)
- Eat and talk (hunger and social need)
- Cook and talk (create food and social need)
- Paint and talk (painting skill and social need)
Needs are still there, but no word yet on how they will be displayed.
Final UI was not confirmed in August 2013
These foods have been confirmed:
- Scrambled Eggs
Sims will gain weight if they eat unhealthy and not exercise and of course Sims lose weight when they eat healthy and do exercise.
Create a Sim
Sculpting with the mouse – push/pull method instead of sliders
What you can adjust depends on the view you are currently looking to on the Sim in the front view you can adjust the stomach, but not the butt.
These parts on a Sims’s Body can be adjusted:
- Upper arms
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There are still two sliders:
- Muscle tone
Other Create a Sim facts
Trousers automatically know if they can go in boots or over them.
Hats can be put on any hair type
Tattoos will be available for basegame!
You can add wrinkles to make your Sim look more aged
You can add beauty marks
Accessories are separate from clothing, so you can mix and match any necklace/ring/earring/bracelet with any outfit.
Smart Randomizer – Can (de)select the following options to randomize:
- Body Shape
- Body Size
- Skin Tone
- Facial Hair
The UI at Gamescom had a Name randomizer too
Can select different walk for a Sim (Emotional state will override these walks):
Sims can be left or right handed. We do not know if Sims can be ambidextrous or if this is a genetic trait.
At gamescom there were limited amount of preset options colours for hair/clothes
Can select voice pitch
They have finally announced the name of the world.
Willow Creek! It is a world that is based on the style of New Orleans. A tram rides through the town and a steamboat sails by. It is unknown still if the boat and tram are actual means of transportation, but they definitely add an extra livelihood to the world.
TheSims.com describes the neighborhood as: beautiful, lush, garden-filled hills of Willow Creek
Choose among vivid and diverse communities for your Sims to live. Have fun meeting neighborhood Sims and exploring the parks, venues and activities available.
Discover the unique personalities in your neighborhoods as you interact with your neighbors, expand your social circle and participate in activities in the neighborhoods
Willow Creek is the only world they have announced.
There is no ocean in Willow Creek.
Willow Creek is based of New Orleans.
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Build and buy mode is called just Build mode in The Sims 4.
Pick up and move an entire room or even an entire building like an object
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Number of Floors
3 stories + roof was mentioned as the floor limit at Gamescom
Walls and Wall Height
There are 3 height options per floor.
Single Wall placements are still possible
Curved fences are possible
There are 3 options for each window that accommodate the different Wall Heights
There is a button that allows you to place windows on all the walls with 1 click
Still have full control and if a painting is on the wall, a window will not be placed there
Windows can be placed freely in the vertical direction. So you can stack multiple windows, or create a pattern with windows at different heights.
A single button to place a foundation under the entire house and adjust its height. If there are stairs onto the foundation, the stair height will automatically adjust with the foundation height.
Foundations were unfinished at Gamescom, there was no word on basements or single tile foundation placements.
8 different height levels for foundations.
Foundation can be curved too
No tool for split levels at the time, still considering it at Gamescom
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Friezes, roof trims and Spandrels are possible
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Custom Content will be supported (I assume they mean like sharing of houses and Sims)
It has been mentioned that it will be done through the game, not using an external website.
Magazine Mode + Filters
Magazine Mode is an improved system of the Blueprint system in The Sims 3, can instantly place entire decorated rooms which can then be adjusted.
In the User Interface there will be an option called filters, this filters all the objects based on a colour.
Times of Day and lighting
There is a button that shows different times of day so you can see what your house looks like. There were more options than just day and night.
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- Chess set
- Cars – No word on animations that come with the cars
- Punching bag
- Rocket ship
- Voodoo doll
- Cupcake Machine
- Microscope Set
The Sims 4 will have an all new exchange system. They call it the Gallery and is completely in game.
You can share lots, Sims and even individual rooms!
You can download something another Simmer has created and it will be in your game instantly. No need to leave your game or relaunch it for it appears.
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Goal to make Sims less robotic and more human.
There are emotional walks, sad or angry walk for example.
There are also emotional face overlays when appropriate, so you will sometimes see a sad face when a Sim is sad.
In a social group Sims will make a circle to socialize optimally
Sims have almost proper jaw movement when they talk, not exact lip sync but jaw movement is based on roughly what and how loud the sound is.
Sims do not need to always face another Sim completely to have conversation
Sitting animation is more fluid
Many of the standing animations can also be done seated
Routing and Side Steps
Improved routing – goal is to make Sims almost never get stuck or have routing fails
Walk through a doorway without causing problems because of the new routing
Sidesteps make many animations possible that are robotic in earlier Sims games
Sims will follow garden tiles to go to the front door instead of the shortest path (though not insane spiral paths)
What is not there
Hair is not animated
No Height sliders
Over half a million sound files with a technical overhaul and acoustics. Sound blocked by a wall will sound different depending on room size.
Professional musicians were asked to swap hands to record Sims playing an instrument badly.
Tone and pronunciation of Simlish will depend on emotional state
The Sims 4 camera movements will be much smoother than The Sims 3.
There will be cheats, no word on which
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