The Sims 4: Generations expansion explained

by Ana Lopez

The next Sims 4 expansion pack has been teased with the slogan “It’s All Relative!” many lead Sims 4 players to speculate the next pack will be The Sims 4: Generations. Among the images teased in the social post, The Sims 4 team has announced a date for the next one Sims livestream on January 31, where we can expect more details about the upcoming expansion pack. Now let’s see what might be in the pack if it is indeed a Generations pack.

The Sims 4: Generations Expansion teaser

In addition to a teaser for another expansion pack, the post also mentions an upcoming live stream, two Sims 4 kits, and one big update, presumably the baby update that fans have been eagerly awaiting since The Sims Summit. If it is indeed the baby update, we could have the new baby’s life stage as early as February.

Together with the ‘It’s All Relative!’ tagline, the presence of picture frames in a family tree has led many to link that to a family tree, further highlighting the possibility of a Generations expansion. The bear image in one of the frames is also shaped like a tooth, leading many to think we might get a tooth fairy gameplay or an extended gameplay about kids’ dental care.

Generations as a pack would essentially add depth and detail to every stage of life The Sims. This could be in the form of new clubs, social interactions, skills or age-related items. For instance, The Sims 3: Generations pack introduced walking sticks for the elderly. A previous Sims 4 The official teaser for the pastel doll kit also showed off an image of false teeth, hinting that we might be able to expect more gameplay for the elderly, a feature many sims fans have been asking for.

  • For more information on baby life stages and when to expect them, read our guide to The Sims 4 Babies Update here.

What features will be in a Generations expansion?

The Sims 3: Generations Raggy Imaginary Friend

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When discussing what to expect from a Generations pack, it’s helpful to review what was previously included The Sims 3. The following features have been added:

  • Imaginary friends for children
  • The chemistry skill and potion making, these new skills were used to make pranks and could even bring imaginary friends to life.
  • The daycare profession in which sims were paid to care for other sim children
  • More jokes for kids and teens, including whoopee cushions.
  • The memory making feature that allowed sims to create videos of life moments and watch them on TV.
  • The ability to tell ghost stories
  • Giving presents
  • New outdoor activities for children
  • Children could dress up in costumes
  • Boarding schools
  • School activities for kids and teens
  • Field trips
  • New interaction to read a story to children
  • Teenagers can learn to drive and go on dates
  • Prom and graduation for teens
  • Scrapbook feature where you could see prominent sims memories
  • Young adults can have a midlife crisis
  • Walking sticks for the elderly
  • Teenagers could throw parties when their parents were away. There were new interactions if caught doing so.
  • Hen and bachelorette parties with dancers to hire as entertainment.

Many of these features are already included in The Sims 4 from previous packs, namely prom, graduation, gift giving, clubbing, pranks, clubs and kids outdoor activities. Of course, from the list, teenagers are unlikely to learn how to drive since we don’t have cars in the game, despite it being one of the most requested features by players.

Aside from the possibility of a midlife crisis, the gameplay addition that has most fans going wild with speculation is the ability for kids to have imaginary friends. This was an entertaining aspect of it The Sims 3: Generationswith the raggy doll becoming something of one Sims franchise icon.

Extensive interactions and gameplay for kids and teens would be a perfect addition The Sims 4: High School Years expansion, with that we already have the possibility for teenagers to sneak out of the house. The ability to also throw teen parties is a classic coming-of-age feature that sims players can explore before sending their teens to college as young adults.

So far we’re left to speculate, as this is the only teaser we’ve got, we’ll be sure to find out more during the Sims live stream on January 31.

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