This article will be updated as new information becomes available. Updated: We’ve been thinking about whether a winter resort pack would fit with the hints and the icon – and we have arrived a conclusion that the leaked icon for the new Sims 4 game pack might very well suit a winter-resort type pack.
The accidental (if it was accidental) leak of the icon for the new Sims 4 Game Pack has sent the community’s speculation into overdrive.
As often is the case when there are leaks – real or not – some theories hold up better than others. So we thought we’d try and collate some of the most popular and some of the more out-there theories all in one place – because there is a lot going on right now. And we need something to distract us from the disappointment of the Nifty Knitting Stuff Pack (review to come this week).
Before we continue, though, we must stress again that everything here is just speculation – until stated otherwise. A recreated version of the icon that was leaked (adjusted in resolution) is pictured below.
To keep things somewhat sensible, we’ll divide the theories into three major themes – Star Wars/Space, Time Travel/Other and Atlantis/Underwater. Finally, we’ll group some Not Sure/Could be nothing hints together later on, too.
Sims 4 new game pack theories: Star Wars/space evidence
Leading the theory race at the moment is that the new Sims 4 game pack will be some sort of Star Wars-inspired pack. The official forums have been packed with speculation and some Simmers have done some excellent detective work.
Whether that is a full-on co-lab or simply a crossover, many signs point to this – most notably the similarities between the leaked icon and the Galaxy’s Edge Disney theme park. There’s also the fact that “droids” exist in the form of robots after Discover University and the whole EA owning the rights to Star Wars video games thing.
EliasVersace pointed to this object from the Eco Lifestyle expansion pack which has a description that includes the line: ‘It was mined in space by ancient astro travelers and stored on earth.’ This could fit space travel – but also time travel (more on that in the next section).
Aether is is the material that fills the region of the universe above the terrestrial sphere. It has been used to explain things like the travelling of light and gravity. There have previously been hints about what’s to come in The Sims build/buy catalogue so it’s not too much of a reach to wonder if there might be clues hidden in some ‘out of place’ objects.
Ancient Greeks saw aether as the god of light and the fifth element of the universe. To the medieval alchemists, it was the fabled philosopher’s stone that could turn lead into gold and prolong life. So this could tie in with the “Atlantis” theory, too.
GracieO312 also pointed out that there were possible space-related hints in the Discovery University pack. The first two are seemingly innocuous posters and while the computer references space but could also fit the Atlantis theory (more on that later).
There were also a few curious Tweets shared by Sim Guru George, with more to come. One of the “clues” was this about the scrolls.
The words that can be spotted in the scrolls are “mystery”, “hidden” and “hint”. The scrolls themselves could point to the Jedi Scrolls or scrolling text used in the opening sequence of Star Wars. The words themselves don’t make that much sense.
Sims 4 new game pack theories: Time Travel/Other
Central to the time travel theory (which could also apply to the space travel, really) are the April 2020 patch notes. Most specifically, the note about a travel-related bug fixes: This is the second travel issue in the game… was it trying to tell us something?
At the time, some brushed it off as being just about the pandemic and the restrictions on movement. But perhaps not.
Another theory that is being floated is a sort of dystopian disaster pack. Evidence for this one is pretty thin, but mcrudd on The Sims forums did share this poster which does share some resemblance (mostly the beam) with the leaked icon.
Sims 4 new game pack theories: Atlantis/Underwater
This might be a bit out there, but there is a case for Atlantis/Underwater pack theory if the three bubbles on the icon are viewed as ..well…bubbles rather than suns or moons. There are also a few references to Paris (through the Pig Chef) which could refer to The “Elopement of Paris” from Greek Mythology. Also worth considering:
- In the story of Atlantis, Poseidon carved the mountain where his love dwelt into a palace and enclosed it with three circular moats of increasing width, varying from one to three stadia and separated by rings of land proportional in size. Not as convincing as the three suns, but it could work.
- The reference in the Future Cube about “a gnome riding a llama” could hint at a Trojan Horse. Also, remember the code for horses appearing in the game code?
The mention of Athena as the computer’s name might also hint at such. She is central to the Judgement of Paris, one of the events leading to the Trojan War. The Trojan War featured an “Elopement of Paris and Helen” – one of the Future Cube hints referenced an elopement.
There is also the Water Discus Underwater Hotel in Dubai which looks like this.
Not quite exactly like the icon – but there are some similarities. The pack could combine Atlantis/Ancient Greece with a sort of underwater hotel.
Remember those scrolls posted by Sim Guru George? The words hidden in them would also make sense in the context of a “hidden” city or world like Atlantis.
Could Be Nothing/Not Sure
In response to the scrolls, one Twitter user guessed “42” – a reference to the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. To that, Sim Guru George responded with “the best theory yet”. Now this could be him winding people up or it could be a reference to galaxy/space travel.