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Blog about Create-a-Pet in The Sims 4 Cats & Dogs

Here’s a brand new blog about the awesome Create-a-Pet tool, which can be found in the upcoming expansion pack The Sims 4 Cats & Dogs. Make sure to read the text below, watch the video and take a look at the picture as well.

Only a few weeks left till this pack comes out! Are you as excited as we are?!

Create The Most Unique Pets With Create A Pet

Hello Simmers and cat and dog lovers everywhere! The Sims 4 Cats & Dogs* is just around the corner and we cannot wait to finally put this purrfect pack in your eager paws. We’ve been working on this game for so long and one of the very best features is the new Create-a-Pet. Folks… this version of Create-a-Pet is amazing!

Create-a-Pet is an area where we think we’ve always delivered a great feature in previous versions, so the bar was set rather high. We asked ourselves a few questions early in development:

• Can we make it as powerful as The Sims 3, but more accessible?
• How do we design fur that matches The Sims 4’s art style?
• How many breeds can we make? The Sims 3 had so many!
• Can we make a splash with a new twist?

The Sims 3’s Create-a-Pet had a layer system mimicked some professional graphics tools. But, it was so difficult to use, and we found most players weren’t able to tap into its power. If a great feature falls in the woods and nobody is there to play it, does it make a sound?

From the outset, we took the lessons from The Sims 4 Create-a-Sim and applied them to Create-a-Pet. Now, you can click and drag on pets to make their ears longer, their eyes cross, and their snouts longer. It’s fun, and there are so many ways to tweak your pets that it’ll make the version with Sims look tame by comparison. Instead of complicated layers, you can now directly paint on the coat, erase marks, rotate spots, and even tweak things like opacity without having to manage the layers. You can create breeds like Calico Cats or Siberian Huskies with complicated coats just like you could previously.

We also added a few tweaks to make it even easier. For example, you can use Stencils! Complicated patterns will blink on your pet. You choose a color, click the mouse, and it’ll fill in the blanks where you click. It’s so easy and fun to create a pet that is unique to you.

Matching the art style of The Sims 4 with complex fur wasn’t a small task and it took our team months to find a solution. We wanted our cats and dogs in The Sims 4 to all look more distinct, like their real-life counterparts, but also to have the “body and fullness” that Sim hair has in The Sims 4. To accomplish this, we added “snap on parts” for the pets. Little tufts of hair, beards, and patches of fur to create dynamic and interesting fur patterns. You can especially see this for breeds like the Golden Retriever or Poodle.

We spent months studying head shapes, ear shapes, tails, coat colors, and more to find ways to maximize just how many unique, special cats and dogs we can craft. As a result, I can name almost every dog in the game from memory. Test me!

Expansion pack The Sims 4 Cats & Dogs

Every pet looks so distinct, and now we have a search function to find them. Look for the bizarre, skin-tight Spynx or fluffy Persian. In the canine corner, the Airedale Terrier looks perfect and you can choose from a Pembroke OR Cardigan Welsh Corgi. Every pet looks special, but you’ll find that this isn’t just about looks. When we dive into Live mode, you’ll discover how special and unique they are in behavior as well.

Perhaps you want a mutt or mixed breed instead? We love mutts too! With the click of a button, you can choose any two breeds and randomize between them until you get the right features. Which, of course, you can then customize.

Two of my favorite breeds are the Labrador Retriever and Australian Shepherd. I love the Breed Mix tool as it lets me get the slick coat of a lab, with the vibrant Aussie pattern. Or, I can hit randomize again to get a fluffier Black Lab with two differently colored eyes. This tool perfectly demonstrates our entire goal with The Sims 4 Create-a-Pet: More power, better looking Pets, easier than ever!

Finally, we wanted to do something new. Something special. We wanted to make a splash. Can you say shark costume? Why stop at the water’s edge! Put a piece a toast on your kitty’s head, dress your pet in a taco, or aid their roar with a dino costume. Sure, you can focus on their harness, or collar, but why stop there when you can give your Doberman a fluffy winter cap? You wouldn’t.

You are going to have so much fun playing with The Sims 4 Create-a-Pet feature. I am positively typing this with glee because I think it may be the best creative tool we have ever made. Choose from a huge assortment of breeds. Mix them to create the perfect mutt or unique mix. Paint that spot you want in seconds. Dress them in a ridiculous costume. You’re going to love The Sims 4 Create-a-Pet feature when the pack is released this November. Start dreaming of your dream cat or dog right now!

*Requires The Sims 4 game (sold separately) and all game updates to play.

Source: TheSims.com

Blog: Gain Ancient Powers with The Sims 4 Vampires Game Pack

Another blog about The Sims 4 Vampires Game Pack has been published. This time you will get to know more about gaining ancient powers. Read more below and make sure to check out the new video and screenshots as well.

With only a week left before The Sims 4 Vampires* Game Pack launches, we are so excited to dive a little deeper into one of the biggest game-changing parts of being a Vampire… Powers! This is a unique new Powers progression system, that gives Sims new Powers & Weaknesses that are new to The Sims 4! So, let’s take a look.

Exciting, right?! Your Vampire Sims will have great options to increase their Vampire Rank, including duelling, reading Vampire lore and being mentored by other Vampires. Increasing their Vampire Rank unlocks an assortment of unique supernatural Powers. Mutate into a bat to travel, control Sim’s minds, slip into the darkness, wield vampiric strength, and more! But take heed, with every up, comes a down. And as powers are unlocked, you must also choose weaknesses to maintain balance.

Game pack The Sims 4 Vampires

Thin skinned Vampires will find themselves with extra flammable skin, which can sure make going out into the sunlight difficult. Sims who don’t want to treat their friends as lunch can choose to drink from the Plasma fruit. Meanwhile, other Sims could suffer from uncontrollable hissing, which always makes for an awkward social situation…

Game pack The Sims 4 Vampires

Now, if you are fretting about having to pick between all of those awesome Powers – worry no longer. You can unlock almost all of the Powers and Weaknesses through research, experience, and duelling, even after you’ve reached the maximum Vampire Rank. But do you know which Power Points you’re going to take first?

Stop by and tell us what you are looking forward to on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr and Instagram using #TS4Vampires!

*Requires The Sims 4 game (sold separately) and all game updates to play.

Source: TheSims.com

Free Sims 4 toddlers content update available right now

Great news for today! Toddlers have arrived in The Sims 4! Probably the most requested addition of The Sims 4 is now available after updating The Sims 4. Together with toddlers, new furniture, accessoiries and Create A Sim materials for toddlers have been added to the game. And above all: it’s all free! Read more about this content update below.

The Biggest Little Update: Toddlers Are Now in The Sims 4!

Today is a big day for The Sims 4. We’re excited to announce the biggest update for The Sims 4 to date, and it comes in a surprisingly “little” package. Toddlers* are available as a free update for you to download into your game right now!

In the two years since we launched The Sims 4, we’ve heard from players on what they’d love to see added to the game. While we can’t always address these requests, we do take note of all of the feedback you’ve supplied, and what kind of experiences you are asking for. We know that the toddler life stage is an experience that many of you have consistently asked for, and it’s very important to us that as we do it in a way that makes sense for The Sims 4, and feels right for our players.

I’m not exaggerating when I say we’ve been talking about this particular update for years. We just had to find the right time, resources and design to allow us to start the heavy process of actually building and bringing Toddlers to life. And believe me when I say it has been really REALLY difficult to not talk about this as we worked to get it right.

Free toddlers update for The Sims 4

Toddlers is something that has been in the works for a while, and I am really proud of the work that the team has put in to creating these adorable little Sims. I think you’re really going to love how interactive they are, so get ready for a lot of cute, heart-warming moments as your Sims help their toddlers to develop new skills through using flash cards; teach them to talk; have a dance party; and encourage them to go potty. Your Sims can also bond with your toddler by reading them to sleep, carrying them around the house, or babbling away about trucks.

The Sims 4 base game has always provided a foundation upon which we’ve consistently grown and expanded, and we hope that Toddlers will help to capture those moments of growth and nurturing we’ve seen you share over the years – in addition to highlighting the special bonds between parents and toddlers as they grow. We’ve added over a hundred new animations, dozens of new interactions, and great new suites of outfits and objects. But most importantly, we’ve bridged a really meaningful part of your Sims’ lives.

Free toddlers update for The Sims 4

I’ve been playing with toddlers myself (a little charmer who loves her tablet and taking naps on the floor) and I can’t wait to see what you do! This update is a result of hearing what you, the players, really want from The Sims 4 – so please keep sharing your feedback and screenshots with us on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr & Instagram!

*Requires The Sims 4 game (sold separately) and all game updates to play.

Source: TheSims.com

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