On July 12th, during the July Maxis Monthly lifestream, it was revealed that The Sims 4 is set to be completely renovated and revamped, with aesthetic overhauls and brand new additions to the game.
The rebrand represents the commitment to the game and the players.
In terms of aesthetic changes, there’s brand new box art, a new Plumbob, a new main menu, and a new loading screen. All of these seem to place quite an emphasis on the colour blue. You can see the new box art and the new Plumbob below.
According to a Reddit post from u/shangsimla, which handily rounds up all the new features in one place, the new Plumbob will be used for the logo, in the game trailers, and in the game’s loading screen. It won’t replace the in-game Plumbob.
If you’re an avid Sims player, you might notice that there’s new Sims on the box art. These Sims are set to replace the old characters who have been frequently used in promotional material.
You can see a comparison between the new faces of The Sims and the old Sims below.
The new Sims seem to show off the spirit of the game and its expansions, with most characters touting outfits and items that are exclusive to certain packs.
One of the biggest updates, however, is the introduction of Create-A-Sim Story.
This feature is completely optional, but allows you to breathe more life into your Sims by simply answering a personality quiz.
It won’t affect the appearance of your Sim – just their aspirations, traits, career, skills, and how many Simoleons they start off with.
If you choose to take the quiz, however, note that the quiz will lock in aspirations and traits. These cannot be changed.
Over 1,000 objects are also being added to The Sims 4 in the Build & Buy category. Many are unlocked from environments, while others are unlocked by simply having the base game or buying expansions.
There was also some good news for console players! Island Living is coming to consoles on July 16th. There’ll also be a new patch that adds the Alexa Sims Skill, the Freelancer career, and the Pride update that adds Pride-themed items to the game.
The new revamp for The Sims 4 will start rolling out to PC and Mac players via a free patch on July 16th.
You can watch the Maxis Monthly livestream below.