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Sims 4 Cottage Living: Trailer, release date and new expansion details

The Sims 4 will reveal details about the game’s next expansion on Thursday. The build up has been hyped.

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The Sims 4 have announced some details about the game’s next Expansion Pack. Called Cottage Living, and heavily influenced by that countryside chic aesthetic, the new expansion will be released on 22 July 2021 across all platforms.

On an official blog post on The Sims’ website, more details about the mysterious town called Henford on Bagley was revealed following the premiere of the trailer on Thursday.

The new pack incorporates elements of farming, a highly requested fan-favourite, while also seeing the return of an OG NPC, Agnes Crumplebottom – a miserable old lady known for acquainting Sims with her handbag quite often.

Cows, llamas, chickens, bunnies, birds and foxes will all be added with the new Sims 4: Cottage Living Expansion Pack, while Sims can also grow crops and live off the land all while learning some very traditional staple recipes like Yorkshire pudding.

The Sims 4: Cottage Living details – from the horse’s mouth

Yeah, we could not resist. With over a month to go before the release of the new Sims 4 Expansion Pack, further details are yet to be revealed. But here’s what the official blog post revealed.

Note: This is taken verbatim from the official press release and edited only for style and brevity where applicable.

It?s a Quiet Village

There?s way more to this provincial life than you might expect. It?s a small town, but the Sims who live here have plenty to flap their lips about. Have a Henford heart-to-heart with the pub owners at The Gnome?s Arms or the Sim running the grocery stall for some wild stories and gossip. If you?re feeling brave, you might even approach the Crumplebottoms? garden booth for some advice. (Just remember: Agatha is the friendly one, Agnes is the grumpy one, but they both love crumpets.) Sometimes the locals need a bit of help, too. If you?re up for it, running a few errands for them might yield some interesting presents.

Every week, the Finchwick Fair blows through the village, attracting all sorts of Sims. The mayor judges the rotating competition entries?from pies to vegetables to chickens?and the rest of the villagers love to join in.

Do have a cow

Yes, that?s right: cows, llamas, chickens, bunnies, and foxes all live alongside Sims in this idyllic new world. Befriend wild rabbits, foxes, and birds for gifts and help in your garden, or focus your love and attention on the friends in the animal sheds and chicken coops at home. Or both! The more animals, the better.

Sims with the Animal Enthusiast Trait especially love taking care of critters. Your relationship with each animal impacts how they respond to you, and treats can help you gain their favour. Different animal treats and moods even produce different results! Change the flavour of your cow?s milk, the colour of your llama?s wool, or even the appearance of your chickens with specific goodies. (You?ll need to find some chocoberries out in the wild or add them to your grocery delivery order to get chocolate milk.)

Plant some roots

And some vegetables, obviously! Thanks to the new gardening patches, folks are overexcited for oversized crops. Fill plots with giant watermelons, aubergines, pumpkins, mushrooms, and lettuce to really wow the neighbours. Get the kids out there with you and teach them how to care for those huge plants, too. When they?re fully grown (the veggies, not the kids), enter them into the Finchwick Fair or just collect a good harvest for healthy meals.

The Simple Living Lot Challenge makes cooking cheaper, but it also means recipes depend entirely on what you?ve got in your inventory. Forage in the nearby woods for mushrooms and berries, borrow some milk and eggs from your animals, and keep your garden full. Missing something? Place an order with the local grocery shop and get all your ingredients delivered right to your doorstep. (Don?t forget to tip the delivery person!) Speaking of cooking, bring the whole family together in the kitchen to make Yorkshire pudding, beef wellington, or any of the other delicious dishes on the menu. It really does make the kitchen the heart of the home.

Raise or befriend animals

Cows provide fresh (flavoured!) milk while chickens lay eggs in the coop. In the forest, look out for wild rabbits, foxes, and birds. Earn their trust for occasional gifts and help in the garden.

Live off the land

Lot Challenges require fresh ingredients for each meal. Grow produce yourself, visit the village market, or forage in the wild to get them. Enter any oversize crops in the Finchwick Fair competition!

Embrace Village Life

Henford-on-Bagley is a cosy place where everyone knows everyone. Head down to the pub with your cross-stitching and picnic basket to meet locals and learn about the town?s lore.

The Sims 4: Henford on Bagley revealed in the Cottage Living trailer