Monthly Question - August 2014
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This month's Question

With the run-up to the release of The Sims 4, there has been a lot of discussion about the features that is has (or doesn't have), and whether those features would be included in a future expansion pack or DLC pack - it was even the subject of last month's Monthly Question. There have been dozens of expansion packs over the course of the three main games we've had so far, and plenty of different themes and features introduced in each of those packs. Many of these features, like weather, magic, and pets are often requested and very popular once released. But, this month, we want to know:

Is there any past expansion pack theme or idea that should not be re-introduced in The Sims 4?

Thank you to Auror Andrachome for this month's question suggestion. If you have any ideas for future questions, please leave them here.

Last month's Question

As I mentioned above, last month's question was about the potential theme for the first The Sims 4 expansion pack. We had several responses, and several PlumbBobs awarded for popular responses. There was a tie for top comment this month, with WayfinderOwl and an unregistered user both receiving four PlumbBobs apiece. Below are the top three responses:

An unregistered contributor - 4 PlumbBobs

I would like to see a generations package, I know it's done everytime but the family ones are always the best. Toddlers obviously would be awesome. It would be cool if babies could do more, like maybe play on a playmat or lay on their tummies. At birthday parties it would be neat if the kids/sims that were invited brought gifts. I really liked the idea of prom for teens, but was a little dissapointed in TS3, maybe if something more was added in that department.

WayfinderOwl - 4 PlumbBobs

I would like to see all new stuff, even though I don't plan on buying it. New supernaturals like angels, elves or dwarves. Perhaps proper expansion packs, like the ability to have sims live on or vacation on cruise ships. That would be cool! Cruise Life. To live on a ship, and possibly stop over in other neighbourhoods for a little while.

Or a greek themed expansion pack, with greek mythology based careers and stuff. There could be so many cool stuff to make expansion packs about, but EA constantly rehashes out old ideas.

As for old features that should be brought back for it, I have already mentioned that on the last question.

Beatrice Monty - 3 PlumbBobs

I always liked the ordering of the original Sims expansion packs. You started with family and domestic stuff, moved on to expanding the town outside your Sims' home and a few new game play mechanics, then got to taking holidays to entirely new locations and having different weather conditions (only cosmetic in TS1, I know, but still there), and getting pets - all still quite regular in terms of life simulation. It was only then that you started getting more out-there stuff like becoming a movie star or a witch - also cool and I certainly wouldn't get rid of them from the series, but I want to be able to do something ordinary like own a cat before I get more unusual options like becoming a vampire. It had a nice sense of moving outwards from the basics of your characters' home lives to real fantasy-fulfillment stuff over time. I guess I'd like to see that again in TS4, so have them starting with a family/celebration/education themed pack, especially since it seems like a lot of what we've come to regard as the basics of the series won't be in the base game, but could fit nicely in that sort of expansion. However, I expect what they'll actually do is more or less what they did with TS3, bringing out the reasonably-popular and slightly reworked stuff first, holding on to the fan favourites for a few years, and then ending on completely new stuff.

LostInRiverview talk ~ blog 06:43, August 3, 2014 (UTC)

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