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The Sims 4 Seasons
Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall Expansion Features
The Sims 4 Seasons released June 22, 2018. This new pack incorporates weather and seasonal changes to all existing worlds. With that, you also get holidays and a functional calendar year. In this guide to the features in the Expansion, we'll link you to more detailed guides and summarize the new additions and changes to gardening.
Seasons Guides - Progress So Far
You'll find a rundown of the major content in seasons below. Development is moving slowly, as I have to do skill gains the old fashioned way due to broken cheats. Here is what's released so far:
Seasons Cheats (Weather Control and More)
Beekeeping & Honey
Beekeeping (Bee Box/Honey) Video
Scouts (Child/Teen "Career")
Gardening Updated for Seasons
Flower Arranging Skill
Weather in Seasons
Weather Machine - Change Seasons and Weather Forecasts
Patchy the Straw Man (Scarecrow)
Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter Weather
Click to Enlarge. Holiday lights are in the Expansion, with decorations for spring, summer, fall, and winter.
Seasons comes with the expected Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter. Seasons does not ship with a new world, but rather impacts all existing Sims 4 worlds, including places like Granite Falls and Salvadorada. Each world has its own weather patterns. It may thunderstorm or rain in the spring, summer and fall, and snow in the winter or early spring. Worlds like Oasis Springs are warm and mild in the winter, while scorching in the Summer. As time passes, the world gradually transitions into each season, weather growing cooler as mid fall phases into winter. Players are able to choose the duration of seasons through the game options menu. You can select 7, 14, or 28 days seasons.
With seasons, naturally you get temperature changes. It's hot in the summer and cold in the winter just as you'd expect, and those things will effect Sims to a large degree.
Click to Enlarge. All four seasons have their own weather, so Sims will want to bundle up or chill out.
Temperature matters in The Sims 4 Seasons. To help with preparing for what awaits them outside that day, Sims can check the weather channel or simply mouse over the temperature and weather interface at the bottom of the screen. The calendar located in the bottom left will show you a forecast for the next seven days.
While exposed to uncomfortable temperatures, Sims can overheat or get too cold. Proper clothing can help a lot with this, but there's also temperature control inside the home and ways to cool off or warm up. Yes, the Expansion comes with a thermostat, and it's possible to mishandle it (like by cranking the heat in the Summer). A Sim getting too hot can have deadly consequences, so this system is also realistic and extreme situations can result in a Sim's demise. Preparedness is key!
Players can choose whether the worlds generate strong thunderstorms and blizzards occasionally, or if these never develop leaving Sims with tame rain and snow. Via the options menu, you can also select whether or not temperature makes an impact on Sims. Do this if you find it too annoying not being able to leave the house in a world with a more extreme summer or winter. Learn more about the weather in Seasons.
The Expansion, of course, comes with a weather machine that lets you do just about anything to the weather for a day. Look to the Weather Machine Guide for more detailed information. Rain coming on your Saturday party when everyone's ready to have fun? Change it to a sunny mild day. It can also be used for diabolical purposes, like bringing in a blizzard in the middle of the summer when no one is prepared. More powerful options like changing the current season are also available. While you purchase the weather machine from buy mode (and don't build it yourself) there are over half a dozen upgrades available that improve its reliability and functionality.
Patchy the Straw Man
The Sims 4 Seasons features a Scarecrow named Patchy who you can buy and place on your lot. Befriend him, and he'll come to life and work in your garden. If you check his pockets, he may have some useful seeds. Check the guide to learn about all of his abilities and cooldowns. View the video guide above or visit the text guide to learn more.
Activities & Holidays in Seasons
From yard work to water balloon fights, the Expansion's trailer showed a busy world filled with building snowmen, playing in sprinklers, and dodging lightning bolts. With a fully functional calendar for event planning, there are several premade holidays - Lovefest (Valentine's Day), Harvestfest (Thanksgiving/Halloween), Winterfest (Christmas/Hanukkah) and New Year's. The Expansion's seasonal cycle and calendar produce a simulated year for Sims. What is more, Sim families can also make up their own holidays that repeat every year. Get together and do a polar bear dip or even play video games. You choose the activities that take place at the celebration and can invite others. The calendar also shows who is available when, so you can select a time to celebrate when a dear friend isn't going to be at work.
I'm happy to report that there is integration with other Expansion Packs and DLC. For example - and as we had hoped - shoveling snow and raking leaves can help Teens develop responsibility from the Parenthood Game Pack. Players who own The Sims 4 Pets will find their furry friends are also effected by the temperature and weather, with new interactions with snow and rain puddles. So far the team has been good about incorporating Get Together's Clubs into each Expansion, and Seasons is no exception. Furthermore, the Get to Work businesses can be used with our next major feature: The gardening career.
A guide to spring in Seasons. Includes information on The Sims 4's version of Easter with the Flower Bunny and Love Day (Valentine's Day). Covers springtime activities and the making of custom holidays.
Click to Enlarge. Sims players will also have some control over the weather if they choose to make the weather machine! This will allow us to make sure our picnic isn't interrupted and maybe even water the garden with the power of science.
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Click to Enlarge. Sims can make money with the new Gardening Career Expansion feature
At long last, there is a gardening-related career, and one that allows you to choose when you'd like to work from home (similar to those brought about by City Living. The Career branches at around halfway, allowing you to choose whether you'll be a Florist or Botanist. You can create a floral shop by incorporating with Get to Work, and sell your arrangements for a living. This is a fairly interesting idea, though of course it is no different from selling paintings as an artist. The Botanist branch is more focused on gardening itself, and a nice addition padding to your gardening income though there's nothing particularly special about it.
Sims can also do beekeeping, which allows them access to special interactions provided by bees, along with honey. Beekeeping acts as a passive money maker that also provides a boost to Gardening. Bees pollinate plants nearby, providing a passive fertilizer effect that stacks with regular fertilizer. See the above video to learn all about this new feature - I'll write a text-based guide to it soon, now that I know everything.
New Skill: Flower Arranging
Sims don't need to take the floral designer branch of the new gardening career in order to benefit from the new violets are blue flower arranging table, available for $250 in Buy Mode. They're able to begin leveling this skill regardless of that track though it's possible they may miss out on some nice unlocks from Career progress. The jury is still out on that one. Here's a guide to the new Flower Arranging skill.
Scouting is a new activity for Children and Teens in The Sims 4 Seasons. This new after school job is unpaid, but offers a ton of skill experience via the Scouting Aptitude reward trait you receive should you max out the 'career'.
There are multiple new deaths associated with Seasons. Sims can, of course, be struck by lightning if they are outside during a powerful thunderstorm. You can also overheat if there's a heat wave and your Sim isn't wearing cool weather clothing, while the opposite is also true. We're still looking to report on the last death which may be related to the gardening career, though it may simply be aging up prematurely via a scent the florist can create.
Umbrellas in Seasons
While I covered this on the weather page, it's worth noting here because a lot of people will have trouble figuring out how to find an umbrella. Umbrellas are categorized under Appliances > Misc. You can also do a text search for it and look for the 'Umbri Umbrella Rack'. Have each of your Sims claim an umbrella and they'll keep it, so long as you don't put it back. The umbrella doesn't appear in your inventory at all. The Sim is just flagged as having one. They'll use them automatically any time there's precipitation, though the umbrella can be broken in strong thunderstorms they seem to automatically replace them. Even doing something like gardening in the rain is possible with an umbrella, as the Sim will whip it out between animations without actually getting wet.
One of the special characters in Sesons is Father Winter. It's possible to Woohoo with him and even Try for Baby! Go to the Try for Baby with Father Winter Watch Page on Youtube, or find it on My Sims 4 Guide Channel to view it. A text guide to Father Winter is also available.
A guide to decorating friezes, spandrels, and other parts of the house in The Sims 4 Seasons Expansion Pack.
Activities and Features
Click to Enlarge. Lightning can strike Sims, but they can evidently discharge the power in some way.
Here's a list of things we see in the trailer. I'll add to it over the next month, so check back weekly to see if there's any new info!
- Rain, Thunderstorms, Snow - Hopefully also sweltering heat and bitter cold. Let's make those Sims uncomfortable.
- Control the Thermostat - Sims have climate control indoors, but should watch their body temperature as well. Dress appropriately for the outdoors.
- Weather Channel - Sims can check the weather to know what the day has in store for them.
- Umbrellas, Scarves, Winter Clothing - Looks like lots of clothing for the various seasons.
- Holidays - Seems like Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's at minimum. I'm sure these are de-religionized to spring festival and winter festival or something like that.
- Holiday Decorations - for all four holidays
- More Holiday Decorations - This is also in the home, such as Christmas trees and even decor for new year's parties.
- Holiday Parties - We see new year's celebration, Christmas gift passing, thanksgiving feast and Easter bunnies.
- Ice Skating
- Roller Skating
- Swing Sets
- Kids' Pools
- Scarecrows - talking ones that can help with gardening
- Some kinda Winter King getup that is like Santa?
- Jumping in puddles
- Leaf piles to jump in
- Water Balloon Fights
- Snowball Fights
- Raking Leaves
- Shoveling Snow
- Lightning strikes - A Sim is struck by lightning in the trailer, but uses it to make a Kamehameha. Lightning can reportedly kill Sims, so a new death type.
Seasons Screenshots: Click for Larger Picture
Seasons Expansion Guides
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I've tried some other cheats, and the skills-cheat
(for example stats.set_skill_level Major_Mischief 10)
is the only one that I have found so far that does not work.. I haven't tried the toddle/child skills yet, so I don't know if they work.
This is neat because before this the devs had said they were unable to change the worlds in any way. Could lead to some exciting changes in the future maybe -who knows!
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