Sims 4 turns six: A timeline of updates through the years

The fourth edition of the cult classic The Sims, will celebrate its sixth birthday this week.

Sul, sul and furby nibs. Or rather, Ooboo Vroose Baa Dooo! That’s happy birthday, to us mere mortals.

The Sims 4 will turn six years old on 2 September 2020. The fourth edition of the popular simulation franchise, The Sims, has lasted much longer than many might have anticipated.

Some may have thought The Sims 5 would have been released by now, but if we look at recent job ads posted by EA for The Sims 4 specifically, it looks like it might be with us for a few more years.

Since The Sims 4 was first released in North America on 2 September 2014, the game has undergone some dramatic changes. In 2020, the game surged in popularity during the lockdown restrictions around the world and it is estimated that there are as many as 30 million players around the world.

With nine expansion packs, eight game packs (and the ninth to come) and 17 stuff packs, The Sims 4 has created a lot of content. And controversy.

The Sims 4 Star Wars: Journey to Batuu game pack

Most recently, the announcement of the franchise’s ninth game pack has ruffled some feathers. Many players are unhappy with the decision to insert another franchise into the game. While we do not know everything about the new pack yet, we do know that an independent poll earlier in the year found that Star Wars is the last thing players wanted for The Sims 4. Yikes.

The Sims 4: Notable additions through base game updates

Overall, though, The Sims 4 has provided hours and hours of entertainment for players of all ages. We recently picked 22 things we would like to see added to The Sims 4 (obviously not in one go with the birthday patch, although, that’d be nice).

That might be wishful thinking, but the game should be getting a free update before the release of the Star Wars game pack.

What better time that the game’s birthday to take a trip down memory lane and see what has been added to the game through the years? The list below does not feature all updates for The Sims 4, but it does include some of the most notable ones.

Patch release dateSignificant features added
1 October 2014Ghost, a new type of sim that is an optional addition to the game; Deathflower plant.
4 November 2014Swimming pools; Various swimwear.
16 December 2014Two new active careers: Business and Athletic; Paid time off and family leave options.
26 March 2015Basements, down to two levels down, and an additional above ground floor, bringing the total floors available to six; Notebook feature on the phone, which catalogs a Sim’s gardening or fishing discoveries; Paint by reference option on the easel.
11 July 2015Newcrest, a new world containing fifteen empty lots within three new neighborhoods; Welcome wagon from new neighbors; Custom room tool.
9 July 2015Half walls; Locked doors; King’s and Queen’s Door, which allow only just the men or women to pass through it, respectively.
6 August 2015A dishwasher is added to the appliances, which needs to be slotted into an existing non-island counter.
24 September 2015New trait: Jealous; Claiming beds; Underground saunas; Resizeable rugs.
3 November 2015Returning NPC: Repair Man.
4 December 201564-bit executable; New venue type: Pool and new option to water color; Fire and death reaction systems and new NPC interaction; World maps update.
4 February 2016Returning NPC: Gardener; New trait: Kleptomaniac; New aspiration; New build mode content.
21 April 2016Returning NPC: Tragic Clown.
3 June 2016All Create-a-Sim content is available to both sexes, as well as gender customization.
14 July 2016Returning NPC: Nannies; Ability to adjust all lights in a room in one go.
27 September 2016Mexican ‘Day of the Dead’ CAS items; A Mexican dish.
27 October 2016Copy and paste function for build mode; new lot traits.
12 January 2017Toddler age group, along with unique toddler traits, skills, outfits, objects and the ability to customize your Sims teeth (includes the other life stages).
11 November 2017Maximum sim count option in gameplay options; Photography available to all players; New roof customization options; Objects can be shrunk using the size down cheat.
6 February 2018New skin tones.
19 June 2018Glass roofs; Cold and hot weather outfit categories and Swimwear category for toddlers to CAS in preparation for the Seasons Expansion Pack; Revamped gardening skill.
16 August 2018Caribbean-inspired content; Ceiling fan and sliding doors.
13 November 2018New careers: Style Influencer and Self-Employment; First person camera; Terrain tools.
16 April 2019New career: Freelancer.
18 June 2019Fishing update; Part-Time jobs for adult; Stilt foundations; 350 door color swatches.
16 July 2019Updated Create a Sim interface with Create a Sim story mode now available for the creation of new characters.
5 September 2019Configurable stairs allowing for them to turn in different directions.
12 November 2019Multi story columns; 4K user interface scaling.
25 November 2019Legacy Edition introduced, retaining support for 32-bit versions of Windows as well as Mac OS X Lion.
16 January 2020Support for Simplified Chinese.
3 June 2020Returning NPC: Firefighter; Repo Person added from Discover University Expansion Pack; Ladders; Free placement of doors and windows; Improved inventory and bills.
23 July 2020Ability to rename cowplants.
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Antoinette Muller
Antoinette is a recovering journalist. She's a multi-award winner and thinks it's strange writing about herself in the third person, unless she's playing as herself in The Sims.