H/T @SimmerErin for her video that alerted us to this ‘leak’. If you haven’t yet, check out her channel – she’s amazing.
UPDATE on 16 September 2020: Since this was written, it’s been revealed that this was all a hoax. A pretty good one, we’ll admit. But a hoax nonetheless.
Oh boy. Here we go again. The new Sims 4 Star Wars: Journey to Batuu pack was not even officially released yet and there has already been another leak for a new Sims 4 expansion.
Sims 4 new expansion pack leak: Murder at the Manor
In a video shared to Twitter, a user shows a recorded video from an official game retailer, game.co.uk, with a new Sims 4 expansion pack listed for pre-order.
Leaks from retailers are not unusual. Both the Sims 4 Island Living and Discover University expansion packs leaked through retailers prior to their release.
The leak has been removed from the website since it was first posted and when trying to access the URL visible in the recorded screen, we get a 404.
Fake leaks are not unusual either, though, and there have been a few those in recent months, too. But let’s look at the leak for the new Sims 4 expansion pack in a bit more detail – and you can make up your own mind.
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The Sims 4 team did recently confirm that they will announce the game’s next expansion pack in “just a matter of weeks”, but did not share much detail about what the theme might be.
Sims 4 Murder at the Manor expansion pack description
The pack is set to be released on 13 November 2020, according to the “leak” on the site. That would fit the usual release pattern of expansion packs, but some other details are a bit iffy.
Hrm. You can see the potential problems with this sort of pack right off the bat. Would The Sims 4 really release a pack that actively encourages “murder” – whatever approach that might take?
Sure, there is death, oh so much death, in The Sims 4, but an entire pack that pretty much centres around Sims doing that to each other. We’re not so sure.
Additionally, there have been quite a few of these ‘concepts’ by Sims players around a murder mystery pack for The Sims 4 over the years. These are usually quite substantial and fleshed out, but they are only fan concepts. As Simmer Erin pointed out in her video, there was an eerily similar concept shared on Reddit a few years ago.
We certainly do not think that the pack is beyond the realms of possibility. But we are not quite convinced that the description and game play features mentioned fits the Sims 4 style.
And yes, we know that this is not something players asked for. But Simmers did not ask for the Star Wars pack either.