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

The Sims 4 is coming to Xbox One and PlayStation 4

Many fans have been waiting for The Sims 4 on console! Now we have some exciting news! The Sims 4 will come to Xbox One and PlayStation 4 this year! Two different versions will be released: the Standard Edition and Deluxe Party Edition. The Standard Edition will be available on November 17th, whereas the Deluxe Party Edition will be launched on November 14th. Read the official announcement below:

The Sims 4 is coming to Xbox One and PlayStation 4!

Console players rejoice! The Sims 4 is coming to Xbox One and PlayStation 4 this November 17, 2017! Whether you prefer console or PC, you’ll soon be able to share your Sims stories no matter your platform of choice.

And it is an exciting time to get into The Sims 4. Since our initial launch on PC, we have made several updates to the base game, ranging from the addition of Ghosts and Pools, to New Careers, Half-Walls, and Dishwashers! Not to mention, we also added the world of Newcrest, to give your Sims space to continue to grow; overhauled the Create a Sim tool, to provide expanded gender customization options; and most recently, added Toddlers as a new playable life state! All of these great updates will be available to you at launch when you play The Sims 4 on console.

Sims 4 console

It won’t stop there either! Upon The Sims 4’s release on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 this November, Maxis and the team at Blind Squirrel Games plan on revisiting our current lineup of extra DLC to bring over some of the best experiences to console on a regular basis, but we plan to start providing players periodic game updates that mirrors some of the latest content we’ve released for PC, delivering new features, and continuing to improve your game experience.

Sims 4 console

Ready to jump right in and play with life? Starting today, pre-order The Sims 4 on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 to get The Sims 4 Perfect Patio Stuff* featuring hot tubs, more fashion, and bonus décor. Yep, you read that right; from now until November 17, 2017, when you pre-order the physical or digital version of The Sims 4 on console, you will receive a digital code to download The Sims 4 Perfect Patio Stuff Pack at launch.

Sims 4 console

Looking for even more fun? Pre-order The Sims 4 Deluxe Party Edition on Xbox One and PlayStation 4, and you will not only get The Sims 4 Perfect Patio Stuff at launch, but extra perks and exciting content* including:

– Early Access, get up to 3 days of early access to the full game;
– Life of the Party Digital Content, featuring the Flaming Tiki Bar and sleek, stylized outfits for your Sims;
– Up All Night Digital Content, featuring the Laser Light Show, fun decorations, and outrageous party costumes;
– Awesome Animal Hats Digital Content, featuring a collection of fun animal hats for your Sims to wear and show off.

Sims 4 console

We’ll be revealing more details in the months to come.

Source: TheSims.com

Available right now: The Sims 4 Toddler Stuff

Available right now: stuff pack The Sims 4 Toddler Stuff

Are you ready for another stuff pack for The Sims 4?

Today is the release date of The Sims 4 Toddler Stuff! Toddlers can express their personalities in different new ways, burn off energy, and make new friends. New outfits, hairstyles and décor have been added as well.

The recommended price by Electronic Arts is $9,99/€9,99/£7,99.

We hope you enjoy this new stuff pack!

Announcement: The Sims 4 Cats & Dogs arrives on November 10

MORE EXCITING NEWS! And this time it’s really exciting! Electronic Arts just announced The Sims 4 Cats & Dogs as the next big expansion pack for The Sims 4. This game will be released on the 10th of November this year. Check out the announcement below with the first information, pictures and a trailer.

The Sims 4 Cats & Dogs is Coming this November!

The announcement you’ve been waiting for is here! It’s finally here! You knew it was coming. We knew it was coming. And with every delighted fiber of my being, I can now officially tell you that we’re in the midst of finishing the development of The Sims 4 Cats & Dogs* right now, and it will be available to play on PC and Mac worldwide on November 10, 2017.

We’ve been working on this expansion pack for a very long time, and my handlers had to restrain me so I wouldn’t spill all the beans. But, I’m going to spill some beans…

Create A Pet has returned, and it’s more powerful than ever. Search for a massive amount of cat and dog breeds, or mix any two breeds with just a few clicks to create the perfect mutt. But what about painting?! Whether you’re adding a few spots, adding a spot to the nose, or using Stencils to paint more complicated patterns, customizing your pets has never been simpler! Oh, and we have costumes for cats and dogs. (Which yes, means your dog can go swimming while dressed as a shark.)

Expansion pack The Sims 4 Cats & Dogs

Once you enter live mode, you’ll see these are the most expressive, interesting, and distinct pets we’ve ever made. Cats will hide from dogs by standing on the fridge and peering down at the lowly humans. Dedicated owners can train their dog to perform a series of increasingly complicated tricks, or walk them around the all new world of Brindleton Bay to chase birds and stretch their legs. Traits make every pet truly distinct, but only the best pet owners will recognize their pets’ fears, desires, and more.

Expansion pack The Sims 4 Cats & Dogs

Once you have your puppy trained and the cat feeder all programmed, have your Sims purchase the local Veterinarian practice to start work on Monday. That’s right! You can own a Vet Clinic, hire the perfect staff, diagnose illnesses and perform surgeries to improve the wellness of the neighborhood’s pets (and earn a few Simoleons).

Expansion pack The Sims 4 Cats & Dogs

We’ve been so eager to share this expansion pack with you, and it’s almost here. Lean over, scratch your own pet behind the ears, and start imagining the stories you’re going to tell with your Sims and their new four-legged friends. The Sims 4 Cats & Dogs will be here in just a few short months and we look forward to sharing more information with you soon.

Expansion pack The Sims 4 Cats & Dogs

Until next time, happy Simming!

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

Source: TheSims.com

Announcement: The Sims 4 Toddler Stuff arrives on August 24

Exciting news for toddler fans! Electronic Arts just announced a new stuff pack: The Sims 4 Toddler Stuff! It will arrive on August 24. Check out the information, picture and trailer below.

It’s About To Get More Adorable With The Sims 4 Toddler Stuff, Coming Soon!

Get ready for things to get more adorable with The Sims 4 Toddler Stuff Pack*, coming August 24, 2017!

Since the addition of toddlers in The Sims 4 at the beginning of this year, we have seen many Sims expand their families and open their homes to an assortment of unique and adorable little tykes. Now, with The Sims 4 Toddler Stuff Pack, your Sims tots will get some extra ways to express themselves as they continue to develop their personalities, interests, and friendships.

The Sims 4 Toddler Stuff Pack provides a variety of adorable new outfits for you to enjoy. Whether dressed as cute little foxes, or sprightly fairies, your tot’s imagination will run wild. But don’t worry, clothing isn’t just about play time. Your fashion-focused toddlers will enjoy a more stylish ensemble to fit their tastes, alongside new hair styles as well.

Stuff pack The Sims 4 Toddler Stuff

And what’s a toddler pack without new tot-sized playground equipment?! From hopping into the ball pit, to scooting down their new slide, or scuttling through colorful tunnels, there is lots of fun to be had. In fact, they can even play make-believe while watching their new play structure turn into a pirate shipwreck resting on the ocean floor, or exploring the galaxy as an astronaut – the choice is theirs. You can even invite your neighbors’ toddlers over for a play date! Let loose, make new friends, and let your Sim parents increase the fun through story telling, and cooking up the tyke’s favorite foods.

For those of you that are attending Gamescom in Cologne from August 22 – 26th, The Sims 4 Toddler Stuff Pack will be playable prior to its release! Visit us in the Family & Friends Zone in Hall 10.2.

We can’t wait to see what new play areas you create for your tots when The Sims 4 Toddler Stuff releases on August 24, 2017.

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

Source: TheSims.com

Available right now: The Sims 4 Fitness Stuff

Available right now: stuff pack The Sims 4 Fitness Stuff

The eleventh Stuff Pack for The Sims 4 is here! Today is the official release date for The Sims 4 Fitness Stuff!

Elevate your Sim’s fitness and embrace an active lifestyle with The Sims 4 Fitness Stuff. Challenge your Sims to scale the rock climbing treadmill as a fun way to burn energy and improve their physique. Choose from an assortment of fashionable activewear, and beautify your Sim’s home with nature-style objects and décor.

Electronic Art’s recommended price for this pack is $9,99/€9,99/£7,99.

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Have fun with this new Stuff Pack!