Postcards have been sent out to several people in the Sims community that tease a new pack, showing a countryside town and an official reveal date.
Popular Sims players from around the world have received postcards teasing the latest expansion for The Sims 4, hinting at a new countryside location along with more fan-requested possibilities. The Sims 4 was first released in 2014 as the successor to The Sims 3, featuring a heavily expanded building system and improved visual quality. Over the years The Sims and other games in the simulator genre have transitioned from niche to mainstream and both the player count and the number of games have gone up drastically even in just the last few years.
Since its release, Electronic Arts has released an abundance of free and paid content up to this day, with the latest pack Dream Home Decorator released at the beginning of June. However, the constant support for the game has acted as a double-edged sword for the company, making some players excited over the new additions to the game and others groaning at another piece of paid content – which have so far brought the total cost of the game to hundreds of dollars for the full experience.
Exactly a week after the release of the last pack, popular Sims players have been receiving special postcards in the mail hinting at the next pack coming to the game. Posted on SimsVIP, these postcards highlight a new countryside town called Henford-on-Bagley with a preview image of the town covering the front of the postcard. When fans flip the postcard over, they’re treated to a message that reads, “We are so pleased you’re joining us on Henford-on-Bagley! I’m sure you will enjoy the quaint countryside life. Do come visit us at our Garden Stall when you arrive!” Underneath this, the letter reveals a worldwide announcement stream for the pack available on the YouTube channel TheSims on June 10, 8:00 AM PT.
As seen from the images, the town features a small river running through the middle along with quaint English countryside homes along the waterfront. Fans of the Sims games will recognize the signature Crumplebottom on the postcard, as members and references to the family have been seen in the games since The Sims 2. It might be worth noting that the date on the postcard is stamped 11/04/2019 although it’s currently unknown if that date is important to the reveal. While the postcard doesn’t give any further information beyond these, fan speculation has been running wild in the community.
Since the announcement, possibly the most speculated feature with the countryside theme is the ability to own and run a farm, a much-anticipated and requested feature from the community. However it plays out, the world will know what this new pack entails when the official stream starts on the 10th. Excitement is already at a high with the reveals of an English town, countryside themes, and the return of the Crumplebottom family, meaning the Sims team will be under a lot of pressure to deliver a satisfactory reveal for the game’s community, especially with the increasing agitation toward paid DLC in The Sims 4.
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