Similar to The Sims 3: World Adventures, The Sims 2: Bon Voyage, and The Sims: Vacation, Sims can go on a vacation. However, it focuses more on camping, similar to vacationing in Three Lakes in Bon Voyage.
Official Description Edit
Venture into the deep woods, take your Sims camping, and discover new herbs, species of fish, creepy insects, and more.
Explore the Outdoors!
New surprises await your Sims out in the wilderness. Explore the all-new destination of Granite Falls, where your Sims can go camping, sing songs or tell ghost stories around the campfire, and enjoy all sorts of new activities!
Explore the All-new Destination of Granite Falls. Your Sims can escape from their everyday lives into the pine-filled air of Granite Falls. Lay back for a night of stargazing and let your Sims’ imaginations run wild, or join a game of horseshoes to unwind with some friendly competition. Alternatively, find out what adventure awaits within the nearby bramble patch. There are tons of things to do in Granite Falls!
Set Up the Perfect Camp. No camping trip is complete without the proper supplies. Be sure to outfit your Sims with a tent and new hiking gear. Treat your Sims to some roasted marshmallows and share fireside stories of adventure, wonder, and fright with the gang.
Create Exotic Potions as an Herbalist. Build your Sim’s herbalism skill to create a variety of useful potions, ranging from insect repellant to a concoction that can help soothe a tense Sim. This new skill will be useful to help Sims identify which wild plants are edible or poisonous.
Outdoor Retreat introduces a new world, Granite Falls, which is only accessible while on vacation. It consists of two neighborhoods which feature a national park in one, and 5 lots for rent (4 houses and a campground) in the other. Sims can go vacationing in this world and can do so via smartphone under the Travel section. A vacation can last for up to 7 sim-days, however they can be extended through a Sim's smartphone. These days count against Sim's Vacation Days if they are employed, so job performance will lower if employed Sims vacation too long with no vacation days available, but only on days they have work.
Sims can now Stargaze and Cloudgaze, which can make them Inspired. Sims can also take part in group activities with other Sims such as telling a group story, or Stargazing/Cloudgazing in a group.
A new trait, aspiration and skill are introduced in Outdoor Retreat. Sims with the Squeamish trait will become Uncomfortable at the sight of insects, vomiting, violence, death and anything dirty. Your Sim cannot be Squeamish and Love the Outdoors. The aspiration (a Nature one), is called Outdoor Enthusiast. These Sims "want to experience everything nature has to offer." Sims can learn the Herbalism Skill, and with it they can identify plants, insects and even make remedies, such as an insect repellent.
Sims can now host a new party: Weenie Roast. Getting a gold award will unlock the Hand Carved Chess Table, and getting a silver one will unlock the Let's Go Fishing Chair. One Sim will be the "Grill Master," as well as 1 host and at least 2 guests.
New food can be cooked through the use of a fire pit. These include marshmallows, hot dogs and even bugs.
Over 60 outdoorsy items are introduced in Outdoor Retreat. Some items are designed to be used when camping (such as portable beds, tents and foodstuffs), and can be purchased from the Ranger's Station in the National Park or in Build Mode; the other pieces of furniture can also be purchased through Build Mode.
New clothes are also available, including a bear suit. When a Sim wears a bear suit, they gain access to some new social interactions, such as a Mean social interaction called Roar. The roared-at Sim will get a Tense +2 Moodlet "Scary Bear!".
Before Patch 12, the main menu would show clips of Sims using the various items from Outdoor Retreat. This is because Patch 12 updated the main menu and replaced the clips with a static picture with animated confetti, as well as the Play and Create a Sim buttons moved to the middle-right of the screen.
Gameplay Objects Edit
Styled Rooms Edit
The Sims 4: Outdoor Retreat features six new Styled Rooms which can be purchased in Build Mode.
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The Great OutdoorsEdit
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Price and pricing controversyEdit
Controversy erupted when the Australian and New Zealand versions of Outdoor Retreat were priced at launch at $40AUD and $50NZD, respectively. EA called the pricing mishap an "accident" and dropped the price of the Game Pack to $39.99 in New Zealand and $29.99 in Australia, and provided refunds for those who purchased it prior to the price drop.
- Outdoor Retreat used to be called Great Outdoors at some point during development.
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The Sims 4
September 2, 2014
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The Sims 4: Get to Work
March 31, 2015
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The Sims 4: Spa Day
July 14, 2015
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