The Sims 4 finally bringing back playable babies

Hannah Deitrich, Staff Reporter

After many years of The Sims 4 players begging for the development team to create an expansion pack similar to that of The Sims 3 Generations pack, players are finally getting something close to what they have been waiting for. When Electronic Arts (EA) made The Sims 4 free on all devices and consoles on October 18 of last year, it allowed access to a great influx of new players. With that raise of players in the community, there was also a greater demand for more ways to play with the Sims they created. 

Many experienced players have been pushing for the Sims team to create more familial interactions in gameplay, especially after the update which gave players story progressions and allowed them to influence the world outside their currently selected family.  Infants will become a part of the base game on March 14 while this games expansion pack version of generations, Growing Together, will come out on March 16. 

Features in this release will include the ability to interact with babies (now referred to as infants) by having older Sims carry them, allowing them to play, and learning how to crawl. It will also include the ability to play puzzles with grandparents and invite them over to watch their grandchildren. The energy surrounding this particular expansion is buzzing. Seeing as many people have been wanting this update and pack for the better part of a decade, there’s no surprise that there’s so much being talked about. 

The Sims franchise has been around since February of 2000, and it quickly became a beloved type of gaming that inspired many look-alikes. With the games expanding throughout time and gaining popularity, development teams began to create expansion and stuff packs in order to create more scenarios and ways to play. The Sims 3 expansion pack, Generations, was one of the most popular DLC expansions after it was added to the game in 2011. After the release of the fourth installment of the franchise, many players were anticipating a pack similar where they could play but unfortunately, when the game first released, toddlers and their gameplay features didn’t even exist. 

An assortment of different players have expressed their opinions and hopes for the future of the Sims following this pack. Senior Kara Leonori is excitedly awaiting this release.

“I’m really excited about it. I’ve always wanted more features for that stage. Toddlers and kids get so many different controls and accomplishments while babies just age up,” she said. 

Don’t forget to enjoy the newest addition to the The Sims 4 when it comes out in mid-March. Pre-order is available now for $40. If you would like to learn more about the update  and expansion pack, you can view the announcement video that shows more of the included features for both gameplay and the environment here: