7 family-focused Sims 4 features Simmers need in 2023

If you believe the rumor mill, the next Sims 4 expansion pack is a reboot of The Sims 3 Generations. This pack added weddings, high school graduations, new kids’ activities, and relationship drama to the game. With all the speculation as to what might be to come, here’s what Simmers are hoping to see this year.

Improved relationship mechanics

A Generations EP could extend Sims 4's limited family tree functionality.
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Family dynamics have come a long way since The Sims 4’s initial release, but EA could do a lot more to bring richness and diversity to family relationships. For example, the pedigree shows only five generations, including the current (most recent). This complicates ongoing legacy challenges and multi-generational storytelling.

Another limitation of family relationships in The Sims 4 is that Sims only recognize their immediate family members in the world. This isn’t a big deal in early saves, but once you get a few generations of a Sim family, you can get into some awkward cousin-kissing situations.

A Sims 4 Generations Pack could expand the family tree by allowing extended family members to interact in unique ways. Children who are cousins, for example, might have a higher starting relationship but are more prone to arguments like siblings. Every family might have a fun uncle, an outcast cousin, and other unique family traits to keep things interesting.

Extended life stages

New and expanded life stages could bring new life to The Sims 4.
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EA already started hyping up a new phase of life—toddlers—at the Behind the Sims Summit in October 2022, so we have that to look forward to. But they could also expand on cross-generational gameplay in other ways.

Currently, the older phase of life is still somewhat underdeveloped. Yes, elders can retire from their jobs and continue to collect a paycheck, freeing up their time to do whatever they want. However, there is nothing unique about activities for older people. Anything a young adult Sim can do, an older Sim can do and vice versa.

EA could shape the life stage of older people by providing them with unique activities, places and objects like a bingo hall, mobility aids like canes and walkers, dentures and more. One of the graphics from the Roadmap video 2023 seems to refer to teeth, adding to speculation about older people’s activities.

It would be fun to see a new stage in life between children and teenagers too – tweens. Yes, as a parent I can tell you that the bridge between childhood and adolescence has a completely different landscape than the other two stages of life. And as a former middle school student, I know how bizarre and complex social interactions between tweens can be. A Middle School Update could be a clever addition to the High School Years Expansion Pack.

new neighborhood

EA unveiled new worlds at Behind The Sims Summit 2022.
Photo credit: The Sims YouTube

The Behind the Sims Summit announced that new worlds would be coming to The Sims 4 in 2023. Early concept art shows families of Sims interacting with each other in exciting new ways. A parent carries a baby in a sling on their back while a child rides a bicycle next to them. A parent and child walk hand in hand past an adult enjoying the outdoors.

Sure, the existing Sims 4 neighborhoods have plenty of family-friendly activities to offer. There are parks with playgrounds, chess boards and even pet skill classes. But getting families of Sims to do something together is really very difficult. You can send them to the park together, but once they get there, they all go off and do their own thing.

EA’s concept art suggests that a Generations Pack or update could add new family-friendly community lots with more interesting activities and interactive ways to play with families of Sims. Parents could teach their children to ride bikes or push their babies around town in comfortable strollers.

party time

New expansions, kits, and updates could bring new parties and gatherings to The Sims 4.
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Parties and social events are an important part of the Sims 4 universe, helping Sims build new relationships, complete aspirations, and earn rewards. Sims can throw social events to celebrate birthdays and weddings, dinner parties to show off their cooking skills, and house parties for any reason.

A generations expansion pack could bring new family-centric social events to the game. Sims could host bachelorette parties and bachelorette parties to celebrate the bride or groom. Friends could host baby showers for pregnant Sims to help them prepare for the new arrival. Families could hold annual get-togethers to bring all distant relatives together for a cookout. And of course, a Sim funeral could bring together friends, family, lovers, and enemies of deceased Sims, which could lead to some interesting encounters.

Want this to work

2023 could bring new desires and fears related to Sim personalities and life stages.
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Wants has been part of the Sims franchise since The Sims 2. But in The Sims 4 they are still very broken. They’re repetitive and usually irrelevant to a Sim’s actual situation, and to top it off, you only earn a small handful of reward points for completing them. A lot of Simmers have turned off the Wants and Fears system entirely – and again and again because it’s so broken, it turns itself back on mid-game.

A Generations Expansion or other family-related update could revamp Desires and Fears enough for players to turn them back on—on purpose! The Sims 3 Generations expansion pack added midlife crisis to the game; Desires and fears that emerged as young adults grew into adults and became aware of their own mortality.

EA could also break new ground and add more wishes relevant to a Sim’s life stage and situation. Pregnant Sims might have wishes to make things right for the new baby. Teenage Sims might have fears related to the social complexities of high school. More relevant desires and fears could push Simmers to play in ways they otherwise wouldn’t and breathe new life into the world of Sims.

family fashion

The Sims 4 First Fits Kit brought completely new outfits to kids and toddlers.
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Kids fashion got a big update in 2022 with the First Fits Kit and teenagers got some cool new outfits with the High School Years EP. But Elders still have the same not-so-old clothes as young adult Sims. Don’t get me wrong – I’m all for fashion-forward seniors, but not every senior wants to dress like a runway model.

A Generations EP could bring us new fashions for different ages and stages. I would like to see elders in orthopedic shoes and hair bonnets, hand-knit sweaters and a house dress like the one your grandma wore, which gave you eight aunts and uncles. With the new infant life stage already promised to us, we might even see some cute new outfits on the little babies strolling around town.

Sims Stories

The Sims 4 2023 video roadmap ties it all together and says "Everything is relative!"
Photo credit: TheSims on Twitter

While researching for this article, I was amazed to learn that The Sims 4 already has a built-in save system in the in-game screenshots. By reviewing your in-game screenshots and selfies, you can make them a reminder and affected Sims will respond to them from time to time. But in eight years of playing I’ve literally never seen it, so clearly it could play a bigger part in the game.

A generational expansion could beef up the memory system and tie it into the existing moods to add new nuances to the Sim family dynamic for Simmers who love the storytelling aspect of the game.

Another feature that improves the story could be more opportunities to randomize Sims. Yes, it’s nice to be able to control every aspect of a Sim’s life, but some Simmers (like me) need a little nudge every now and then to shake things up. Many community challenges, such as e.g. the Random Legacy Challenge, depend on online Trait Randomizers to randomize Sim Traits.

A generations update could add randomization to the game at key points – like when a new baby is born or a Sim grows up and has a midlife crisis – to keep Simmers busy.

What are you looking forward to from The Sims 4 in 2023? Do you think Generations will be the next expansion pack? What are your favorite rumors about the Sims 4 roadmap? Let us know in the comments below!

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Isaiah Colbert

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