Players will be able to take their Sims to Japan in the latest Sims 4 vacation expansion named “Snowy Escape” set for release in November 2020.
Sims 4 expansion packs are released regularly and each one adds more depth to Sims and fun to the game.
The last Sims 4 expansion, Eco Lifestyle, for example, added neighborhood voting and a complex environmental dynamic.
Sims 4 also introduced Game Packs that are like mini-expansions which provide some new items and a little more gameplay, although not as in-depth as a full expansion.
The last Sims 4 Game pack allowed Sims to live out their Star Wars fantasies in Journey to Batuu which included famous characters, droids and lightsabers.
In the upcoming Sims 4 expansion, Sims can finally take a trip to the Far East where they will be able to partake in all kinds of new activities.
Fitness-oriented Sims can climb Mt. Komorebi, go sledding or snowboarding while foodie Sims will be pleased to sample the local cuisine.
Starting on practice courses, Sims can learn the new snowboarding and skiing skills before heading off in a gondola for some mountain sports.
While at Mt. Komorebi, Sims can relax after a hard day’s skiing by heading to the bathhouse, hitting a hiking trail or exploring bamboo forests.
Kotatsu tables will provide powerful group dining interactions in traditional Japanese style.
Build mode will also get an update to include traditional Japanese decor such as Shoji doors, tile roofs and tatami mats.
Finally, platforms will be fully customizable for greater control over your Sims’ homes and perfect for that Japanese touch.
More Japanese items will be included for that perfect Zen garden including koi fountains, rock gardens and Japanese maple trees.
The biggest features of the new Sims 4 expansion though might be the Lifestyles and Sentiments upgrade.
Lifestyles will unlock new personality traits and relationship effects based on your Sims’ actions and habits.
Sentiments are earned through shared experiences either with couples, friends, families or groups and will unlock social interactions between involved Sims.
This is the first expansion for the Sims 4 that takes place in an Eastern setting and also the first proper vacation expansion.
The excellent Sims 3: World Adventures allowed us to take Sims to China in 2009 and included activities such as archaeological digs, traditional food and martial arts.
Japanese martial arts would be amazing if included in this expansion but as of yet, that hasn’t been mentioned.
A Sims 4 vacation pack is certainly welcome by me, and the fact that it is in Japan is the icing on the cake.
All I can say about the Japanese theme is, “It’s about time“.
The Sims 4: Snowy Escape release date is set for November 13 2020 for PC, Mac, Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
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