10 "The Sims 4" Expansion Pack Ideas!
According to The Sims 4 developers, we still have at least 3 years of content coming. With that long to go, it's hard not to let the imagination run wild with what sort of content the next years will bring.
Of course, it's a given that we'll get staple packs like University, or maybe a Supernatural pack, but how about some new ideas? (Update: and now we have both of these packs for the game!)
I've created a list of 10 expansion, game and stuff pack ideas that I'd like to see for The Sims 4!
To fully illustrate my ideas, I created some fake cover art for some of the packs below. The Sims used in the images were created by me and some images include CC (custom content); if so, I've given credit to the creators below.
Please note that these cover art images are NOT real artwork for any official Sims 4 expansion packs; they're purely fan art created for the purpose of this article. Please do not share or redistribute these images, especially not under the pretence of them being official EA packs.
To The Zoo
The Sims has never had zoos in it, and it's a sorely missed feature in the game, in my opinion. A zoo game pack could add a new zoo venue for Sims to visit (and of course, the ability to build your own zoo from scratch), a ton of zoo animals to interact with (lions, and tigers, and bears, oh my!), as well as a new Zoologist career/skill where you can tame and train animals at the zoo.
The Zoologist career can also be an "open" career, where you can give tours to visiting Sims, check on animals, feed animals, and put escaped animals back in their cages. Of course, animals will have to escape from their enclosures from time-to-time, because, hey- it's the Sims!
Fans have been asking the developers for an official farming pack for a long time, but the idea of having a fully expanded farm in the Sims has been particularly appealing after the success of games like Stardew Valley.
While the game currently has some rudimentary gardening abilities/skills in it, it would be amazing to have a full pack devoted to farming. There could be way more crops to grow and harvest, tractors, buildable farm houses, and of course, farm animals. The Sims 3 did have a store add-on that included milking cows and chickens that hatched eggs, but it would be nice to also have sheep, pigs, and the return of horses.
There could also be the option to turn your farm into a lucrative venture, and your farmer Sim can sell their crops or other processed goods (like cheese, wine, mayonnaise, wool, etc.) from their home or from the new Farmers' Market event which happens every in-game Saturday.
The Sims 3 had a roller coaster store pack (see above video), but it'd be great to see an amusement park pack for The Sims 4. Think about games like RollerCoaster Tycoon or Planet Coaster combined with The Sims! My idea for an Amusement Park Game Pack would allow players to design their own theme park, or download parks made by other users from the Sims 4 Gallery.
You can take your sims on a vacation to amusement parks (theme parks, or water parks), where they can ride roller coasters, water slides, play carnival games, eat junk food, and win tokens and prizes!
Go to School
We've had the University Expansion Packs since the days of The Sims 2, but we've never had the ability to follow our school children to school. Sims fan and content creator, Zerbu, made an amazing mod for The Sims 4 using the Get to Work system where you can follow children to elementary and teens to high school, but I can't imagine how awesome it would be if this was official content.
Besides the ability to follow children/teens to class, the Go To School Expansion Pack can also include a prom event for teens to attend, and after school classes for Sims of all ages. If your child/teen Sim has bad grades, parents can get called in for a parent/teacher conference. Sims children can finally have summer break (if The Sims 4 Seasons EP is installed) and an option to send them off to summer camp. There can also be an option to home school your child Sims!
Speaking of teaching, the pack can include a new open career for teaching. Follow your teacher Sim to school and make sure they're teaching the children well, disciplining them if necessary by handing out detention or extra assignments, grading papers, and calling parents in for those aforementioned parent/teacher conferences.
I don't know about you, but I love a Sim wedding. We really need more content for the weddings in The Sims 4, and some new things we've never seen in Sims games before.
A Get Married Game Pack could include a large variety of new wedding gowns and tuxedos, as well as new furniture and decor to have the perfect wedding with. The pack can add in new accessories, like engagement rings, wedding veils, and bouquets (with customisable floral arrangements).
The pack can give more depth to planning weddings as well: you can pick themes (rustic, vintage, casual, garden party, gothic) and even choose a wedding party and invite other Sims to be bridesmaids, groomsmen, flower girls and ring bearers. Plan a menu for the reception and choose from a variety of wedding cakes. You can select colours for your wedding party to wear, or just choose their specific outfits. And of course, the Bachelor/Bachelorette parties from The Sims 3 can make a return.
Finally, the Get Married Game Pack can include a new career: Wedding Planner. It's up to your Sim to meet with newly engaged Sims in the neighbourhood and help them plan their wedding, suggest themes, invite the guests and decorate the venue. When the wedding day comes, it's up to you to run around and keep the guests happy by mingling and checking on the bride and groom!
Behind The Wheel
The Sims 4 still doesn't have driveable cars, so The Behind The Wheel Game Pack can reintroduce cars and driving to The Sims 4.
The pack can allow your Sim to buy a car, learn to drive and increase their driving skill by taking driving lessons and then take a driver test (if they fail, no driver's license- and if they drive without a license, they can get caught and get an expensive ticket!). Sims can also buy and fix old cars as a hobby with the new car mechanic skill.
If your Sim has a high enough car mechanic skill they might start to get requests from Sims in the neighbourhood to come and fix their cars for extra Simoleons. There could also be a new rabbit hole career (meaning you don't follow the Sim to work like the Get to Work careers) called Car Salesperson. You'd obviously need high charisma skills to get far in that job!
Go to Space
While the base game already includes an astronaut career, and while Get to Work gives you the ability to travel to alien planet, Sixam, it would be amazing to combine the two ideas and create a Go to Space Expansion Pack.
Go to Space can introduce an open astronaut career, where your Sim has to go to the new Space Centre building to train before finally being able to blast off into space. Once they get to space, they can explore two new alien planets, meet aliens, and attempt to communicate with them by learning alien languages and teaching them about humans.
For regular, non-Astronaut Sims, they can purchase tickets to go for a vacation or even buy a house in space. If they have enough money, of course.
There needs to be more travelling in general in The Sims 4, and that's where the Get Travelling Expansion Pack can come in. This pack can add in the ability for Sims to go to more vacation destinations (currently there are only two- Granite Falls and Selvadorada). There can be three new fully visit able worlds; a snowy mountains area with a ski resort and snowboarding, a tropical/beach island where you can learn to surf or snorkel, and an exciting cruise ship with casinos, nightclubs, and a huge pool on board.
Sims can also disappear off to rabbit hole vacation destinations (they can use the computer or smart phone to book a flight to a number of "fake" locations in the Sim world, then they'll pack and bag and disappear for an in-game week or two).
A new open career can be included for a commercial pilot, where your Sim can start off as a flight attendant, then upgrade to a full pilot, with a mini-game of them navigating the skies in order to fly passengers safely. There can also be a new rabbit hole career of travel agent.
We definitely need more content for elderly Sims in the game, because as of now, they're probably the most boring life-stage in The Sims 4. Instead of just waiting for your elderly Sims to pass on, The Sims 4 Seniors Stuff pack can include a variety of new activities for elderly Sims to do.
It can include new accessories like walking sticks and frames, and hearing aids. Elderly Sims can throw a retirement party and invite their family and friends. They can also plan out their will and pick who their Simoleons and assets go to when they do pass away. There can also be a new bingo machine object, which can either be used at home or at the new retirement home venue.
The retirement home is a place where only elderly Sims can live. Your younger Sims can also work in the new open career of aged-care worker, and their job is to go to the retirement home and check on elderly Sims, help them with various tasks, run the bingo machine, and listen to them tell stories about days of yore.
Superheroes and Villains
A few years back, the Sims team shopped this idea around to players via a survey on potential upcoming content. It never came to fruition, but a Superhero and Villain game pack isn't a bad idea.
I imagine it being a bit similar to the Vampire GP, where your Sim can have two forms: normal Sim by day, and then their Superhero or Villain alter-ego at night. They can unlock special powers and skills (utilising the same sort of "skill tree" that the Vampires GP created) and can choose to either go towards the light or dark and fight for good or evil. There can be random events where your Superhero Sim is called to fight crime, or your Villain Sim is called to do something truly nefarious. If you also own Get Together, you can make teams of Superheroes ala The Avengers.
There's so much potential here, and I think Marvel and DC fans, in particular, would really enjoy this kind of pack.
What's Your Favourite Pack Idea?
What do you think of these pack ideas? Do you have one of your own? Let me know in the comments section below!