The latest expansion for The Sims 4 adds eco-friendly options such as renewable energy and Animal Crossing style crafting.
Animal Crossing might be getting all the attention at the moment, as the game of the lockdown, but if you don’t have a Nintendo Switch but want to play something similar then The Sims 4 is a very good alternative.
EA are clearly aware of the game’s relevance at the moment and recently released a six-month roadmap which promised a new expansion, which has just been revealed as Eco Lifestyle.
It’s the game’s ninth expansion and will be out on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 on 5 June. As you might gather, the theme is the environment and it will bring a variety of sustainable lifestyle choices to the game.
Sims will be able to use alternative energy resources, grow their own food, and recycle existing materials into new furniture.
How much that will resemble the crafting in Animal Crossing remains to be seen, but apparently dumpster diving for new materials is one of the new features.
All this will take place in Evergreen Harbor, a new eco-friendly town filled with solar panels, wind turbines, and dew collectors (is that the same as moisture vaporators from Star Wars? We’re just asking for a friend).
There’s also vertical gardens, environmentally sustainable clothing, and new careers including civil designer and freelance crafter.
There’s also a community aspect where you can try and encourage positive changes to the town, or leave things as they are and let the pollution levels rise. Which we imagine quite a few people are going to do, because torturing your sims has always been a big appeal of the game.
Although it was very low-key, EA has already announced The Sims 5, although they’ve never shown it in public or explained how it’s going to work. That may happen at the EA Play event, which is also planned for June.
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