Sims 4 October Update Shows Terrain Tools

By | 06/10/2018

Sims 4 Terrain Tools Post Feature Image



A couple of months ago, Maxis announced that they would no longer be releasing quarterly updates and will instead be focusing on monthly updates, and they have just announced a heck of an exciting update for this month.

Well, if your’re anything like me then all you can say about the recent news of terrain tools in the recent Maxis Monthly Sims 4 October Update is, “It’s about God-damn time!”

Even though The Sims 4 has sold over five million copies, and is a regular (and the current) number one title on PC, as well as it’s expansions, The fourth installment in the massive franchise seemed to go in a different direction from where the series was headed with The Sims 3, and kind of did a U-turn, going back to basics and re-capturing some of the Sims 2 greatness.

However, as good as that was, for some reason EA/Maxis seemed to ditch some amazing features that made The Sims 3 great in it’s own right. Cars were gone, the amazing “Create a Style” tool was nowhere to be seen, there was no toddler life stage, no swimming pools and more. These were all rectified with subsequent updates, but there were still no terrain tools!

This was seen as an absolute betrayal for some The Sims fans who loved to create and build. There have been many rumours and speculation for this, the top one being that there wasn’t actually any plan to create The Sims 4, and that The Sims 4 product we finally got was in fact developed for mobile platforms, which is the reason a lot of features were missing; i.e. the game engine wasn’t actually built to support them.

That being said and rumours aside, The Sims 4 has flourished in to an amazing Sims experience and one that the fans deserve. All the features we were missing have consistently been added (except for Create a Style tool) and, well, finally, TERRAIN TOOLS ARE BACK! RAH!

So, let’s get on with it.

That’s the good news. The bad news… the’re isn’t a date yet for the release of the patch, and there isn’t actually any information that has been given out by Maxis; just a small series of screenshots gathered from a Twitter conversation.

SimGuru Kate also announced that the patch has been delayed!

So, here’s what we actually know about the new patch:

  • The update is free.
  • Terrain tools are included.
  • There’s a new career as a “Style Influencer”.
  • Interview Sims about style.
  • Give Sims a makeover.
  • Terrain tools are expansion pack friendly.
  • The October patch WILL NOT be out in October (Lol, typical EA).

Now that the relative details are out of the way, lets take a look at the terrain tools.

It appears that terrain can only be raised from the base lot and now lowered, as none of the screenshots show a ditch into the ground of a lot, however, you can dig a ditch into a raised mound. This a little disappointing as it looks like Sims 2 and Sims 3 style ponds will not be possible, at least not at ground level anyway.

Sims 4 Terrain Tool 1

When working on terrain, it appears that you can work on the terrain by tile corners, by whole tile and by area, of which the strength and magnitude of the manipulation can be set. This looks very similar to the terrain manipulation of Planet Coaster.

We can also see that there are many layers of terrain on which we can work, as we can see terrain relief levels similar to topographical information. This will make it easy for builders to work on very precise and accurate heights which will be especially useful when working on a real-life subject.

Sims 4 Terrain Tool 4

Terrain also appears to have a very high altitude level, much higher than possible with building height levels, and these higher altitude levels can be reached by the use of stairs. This is going to be very interesting as it is theoretically possible to create castles with winding stairways and rugged/mountainous walkways etc.

Sims 4 Terrain Tool 2

Bridged areas also appear to be possible; straight ground tile bridges can be placed between terrain areas of the same height, although if the development team has included “ConstrainFloorElevation” cheat from The Sims 3 then all kinds of possibilities open up such as arched walkways as was possible with clever use of this cheat in The Sims2 and The Sims 3.Sims 4 Terrain Tool 3

Finally, the terrain tools appear to be expansion pack friendly, at least for The Sims 4: Seasons anyway. This is great news for builders who will want to take advantage of the expansion’s weather system  to create snowy mountains, stormy hilltop mansions etc.

Sims 4 Terrain Tool 5



At the moment, Maxis is keeping pretty tight-lipped on The Sims 4 October update, as they pretty much usually do until near completion.

Being a major patch update, the terrain tools and the career probably won’t be  the only features in the update however we can only speculate as what the other features may be.

It may not seem like much of an update but having to completely change the way the game engine works by adding this feature into the game is a mammoth task and I am very surprised that they have bothered to do it all. For me, this is a sign  that The Sims 4 is going to be around for a lot longer than previously thought.

The implementation of the terrain tool looks pretty straight-forward, something I love about Maxis; they have a great ability to take tools and systems that for all intents and purposes should be very complex, and make them very simple and easy to use. Perhaps this is why they have taken so long to release this tool.

The inclusion of numerous height levels and visual topographical data will make this tool very powerful for dedicated builders and greatly aid in the task of creating bridges and walkways, and in the hands of a master builder should make for some extremely interesting creations.

Any extra features included for expansions remains to be seen but for now we know that snow does indeed form on hills but that’s pretty much it.

I can’t wait for this patch as it adds a feature that should have been in The Sims 4 since day one. For me at least, this means that the developers are starting to listen to the fans as they are implementing minor updates to the game which have a great impact, as they did with last month’s Sims 4 update which added some much requested items from The Sims 2.

Please note that I have purposefully omitted details of the new career because apart from knowing what the career is, there simply are none.

Whatever you think of the new items please let me know in the comments section, or let me know what you plan to do with them.

Thank you for reading and have fun with these great new additions to your Sims 4 game.

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There are also many bug fixes for The Sims 4 and The Sims 4 expansion packs which you can see here: The Sims 4 Patch Notes

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12 thoughts on “Sims 4 October Update Shows Terrain Tools

    1. Michael Gore Post author

      Thanks for commenting Scott.

      The Sims is not currently available for Switch but Sims 4 Mobile is now available for iOS and Android.


  1. kuu

    Hello Michael, I am a big gamer myself and it’s so sad that Maxis will no longer be releasing quarterly updates and will instead be focusing on monthly updates. I am seriously going to miss that. But the great news is terrain tools are back. I am looking forward to trying them. Thanks for given us the latest up news michael.

    1. Michael Gore Post author

      Thanks for commenting.

      I think the shift in focus to monthly update may actually work better, that is to say they will release nice new features at a steady pace in line with new stuff pack and expansion packs.

      … and it is great news that terrain tools are back. Let the builds begin! (When it finally releases).


  2. Doc

    I’m not a big fan of 3rd person games but definitely an informative site I could see me using this in the future if you had some explanations on cod I know you can probably go forever explaining easter eggs.

    1. Michael Gore Post author

      Thanks for commenting.

      Well, not too long now for CoD: Black Ops 4. Check back then, when I will definitely have an in-depth article for you.


  3. Andrew

    Hi Michael. Thanks for the detailed information. This is a game that my niece spends A LOT of time playing. I was interested to read about the new features she will soon have available. It will allow me to interact with her on a different level without sounding totally ignorant. Many thanks,

    1. Michael Gore Post author

      Thanks Andrew.

      The Sims games are the type of games that virtually anyone can enjoy and they appeal to all age ranges.

      If your niece enjoys building then the new terrain tools are a Godsend. If not then the new Influencer career maybe more her thing. I will have more when the update drops.


  4. Philip

    Hi Michael,

    This was very thorough and I SEE the benefit of the monthly releases because it will keep me for informed on new updates, releases, reviews etc because I know I will get those products before they are sold out.

    I am so happy to see that the updates are free and really that is how much the producers love and value those that play their games. I am a long time play of Sims and always on the look out for updates, and so this month in October, I am glad I saw your site detailing EXACTLY the info I was after. THAT is kinda spooky and , really, how did you do that? Can anyone learn how to make a website?

    Where would you recommend I go Michael to buy sims products on before release? Is there such a place, or even, where to buy them before they are gone?

    Thanks Michael.

    1. Michael Gore Post author

      Thanks for the kind comments Phil.

      Free monthly updates DO work better in my opinion. However they will of course still be releasing the bulk of additional content as purchasable packs and expansions.

      For buying Sims products I would recommend either Origin, EA’s official channel, similar to Steam, via CD Keys ( which usually has amazing deals and is cheaper than Origin, or soon through my site when I will be launching my very own Sims area! You heard it first.


  5. Matts Mom

    Oh my gosh, I love the Sims game! I used to play it all the time, way too much actually. Now you have given me the bug! Looks like the game as come a long way. I have gotten rid of all the Sims games I had. Can I buy a game pack that includes most of the Sims games together? I hate to have to start all over again buying each individually. What would you recommend?

    1. Michael Gore Post author

      Thanks for commenting.

      Now would be a great time to get back in to The Sims.

      The Sims 4 now has most of the great gameplay and features that The Sims is famous for and more.

      You can indeed buy game packs with Sims games included. They are called “Bundle Packs” and can be purchased via CD Keys:

      There are numerous bundle packs to suit whatever you are looking for. Please note that the Bundle Packs require The Sims 4 base game to play.



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