Please note that what follows is simply a theory and speculation. While we do try to make our theory and speculation posts as comprehensive as possible, nothing has officially been confirmed by EA, unless otherwise stated.
With a new Sims 4 expansion pack set to be released in the coming months, we’re just itching to find out what theme the pack might follow. While an official announcement will come in the next few weeks, we do love a bit of speculation.
Recently, we looked into some old surveys which were sent out prior to the release of The Sims 4 over six years ago. So it’s time to dive a bit deeper and dream about what future content might come to the game.
The winter vacation expansion pack theory has long been lingering or hinted at, but implementing that might rub players who already bought the Sims 4 Season expansion pack the wrong way.
There’s also a good case for a “heroes and villains” Sims 4 expansion, but today we are going to look at something a little bit different.
We already know that the new expansion is not going to feature bunk beds, farming or updated babies. But that still leaves a wealth of possibilities.
One particular survey from 2014 caught our eye, especially in the context of the new debug items that recently appeared after the Sims 4 September patch. Let us show you what we mean.
While some themes mentioned in surveys as stuff packs would go on to become much more, this particular description was for an expansion pack under the title “Town Life”. The full description from that survey follows below.
The Sims 4: Town life
We know that a “create a world” feature might not ever happen in The Sims 4, but a version thereof might. With the Eco Lifestyle expansion, we already saw the addition of Neighbourhood Action Plans, which influences the behaviour of Sims and their environment.
We’re not sure just how sophisticated the neighbourhood editing tools will be, but the large number of “building shells” that was patched into the base game in September certainly got us thinking.
The survey also included information on possible details and features a Sims 4 expansion pack of this nature might have.
Sims 4 Town Life: Details/Features
Hrm. We’re kind of intriguing by the “start off as a community organizer, setting up protests” bit. Remember that picture from the six-month road map earlier in the year? We were pretty certain that it was to do with the Sims 4 Eco Lifestyle expansion, but what if it’s not?
The ability to edit and customise a town to spec is also intriguing. A fully functional create-a-world option might not work, but a lot of gameplay that deals with environmental influence has already been added.
Both the Sims 4 Island Living expansion pack and Eco Lifestyle are influenced by the actions of the Sims living there. An earlier patch also added the little neighbourhood descriptions to all of those ‘hood that did not have them.
Because the information about what the neighbourhood editing tools would entail was limited, it’s tough to speculate what it might look like.
Remember, as the official statement from the Sims 4 team said: they have been working on this pack since last year already, so while the surveys from earlier in the year might still be used, it might not form the core of the new Sims 4 expansion pack.
Finally, that same survey also had a section about active careers. Some of those already came with the Get To Work expansion, but there were a few others listed, too. Not all relating specifically to a “Town Life” pack, but some are intriguing nonetheless.
Sims 4 possible additional active careers
We know we kind of joked about how you can already have a home renovator career in The Sims 4, but some of these themes – interior decorator and architect especially – kind of fits with the whole town-planner-mayor vibe, don’t you think? We can’t wait to find out what’s to come.
Correction: A previous version of this article stated that the survey was from 2015. It was from 2014 and has been updated.
Antoinette is a recovering journalist, having written for Sports Illustrated, The Guardian, Daily Maverick and others. She has won multiple SAB Journalist of the Year awards, across a variety of categories. She thinks it’s strange writing about herself in the third person, unless she’s playing as herself in The Sims…which she’s been doing for over 20 years.