It may be approaching it's twentieth birthday, but The Sims series is still going strong - oodles of iterations, expansions and spin-offs later. While some of the expansions have been a bit… weirder than others, to say the least, what with their IKEA partnerships, Hillary Duff cameos and way too much Katy Perry merchandise, there's long been a steady stream of really interesting stuff coming out for the game - although thanks to our ageing computer, we haven't been able to enjoy the majority of it...
Thankfully, with the recent console edition of The Sims 4 on PS4 and Xbox One, EA have tried to rectify things a little, releasing more regular updates, stuff packs, expansion packs and game packs for us console players too. However, despite the best of intentions, the console game still a long way off from reaching parity with the PC version, with the question on everyone's lips being when their favourite expansions are coming.
Understandably, EA have been fairly schtum on the whole situation, as they slowly start to move the gazillion Sims 4 Stuff Packs, Game Packs and Expansion Packs across to the new version, with little official word on whether everything will actually make it over. Having done a little bit of detective work ourselves, though, it is possible to at least get a vague idea of which packs are coming - and when they might be launching.
In possibly the biggest leak (and not just because we were the ones who leaked it), Amazon France listed the release dates for a huge amount of stuff packs, game packs, and expansions. With leaks on sites like Amazon being fairly rare occurrences, this was a huge turn up for the books - and all the proof we really need to say that several packs are on their way.
In other news:
- Toddler Stuff for the PS4 and Xbox One was rated by the ESRB last year.
- SimGuruDuke assures a fan on Twitter that they are making a new console pack, and that "you will know soon" what it is. That was on the 24th Feb 2018.
- Amazon US list The Sims 4: Get To Work as a pre-order, with a release date of the 20th March.
Alternative release lists
We even have a list of release dates, courtesy of SimmerJonny, that covers everything for the next year or so, supposedly compiled from various shop listings, namely Swiss retailer wog.ch. This list has some credence to it, as in the case of Romantic Garden Stuff, it turned out to be true. As we haven't been able to verify the source, it's worth taking with a pinch of salt - although with many of the dates matching what Amazon reckon, we could well be on to something:
- Romantic Garden Stuff: 6th February (already out; release date was correct)
- Cats & Dogs: 20th March
- Parenthood: 15th April
- Kids Room Stuff: 15th May
- Toddler Stuff: 15th May
- Get to Work: 15th June (possibly moved to 20th March)
- Outdoor Retreat: 15th July (possibly been moved to 15th March)
- Backyard Stuff: 15th August
- Movie Hangout Stuff: 15th August
- Fitness Stuff: 15th November
- Spooky Stuff: 15th November
- Bowling Night Stuff: 2nd February 2019
However, to the more sceptical eye, there are a few aspects of the list that don't make much sense. For starters, the Get Together expansion, Spa Day game pack and the Laundry Day stuff pack are all out on PC, yet are notable by their absence in the console list (as is the most recent Jungle Adventure game pack, but that's kind of to be expected). Similarly, the abundance of releases that seem to fall on the 15th strongly suggests that these are most likely placeholder dates, especially as the 15th doesn't always fall in line with the days of the week the various online console stores update. Equally, it probably doesn't make much sense for EA to release Spooky Stuff in mid-November, a fortnight after Halloween; it seems much more likely to us that it'll release around mid-October instead, especially as they don't have a pack pencilled in for that month at all.
We did reach out to the Sims PR to see if there was any more concrete news with regards to more console Sims 4 expansions, but were told they had "nothing to announce".
That's all we have for the moment, but make sure you keep checking back, as we'll be adding more rumours and release dates to the article as and when they come in! In the meantime, happy Simming!