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Announcing StrangerVille Game Pack
« on: February 19, 2019, 02:55:35 PM »
StangerVille Available Mac and PC Feb 26th

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YouTube Trailer:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6CQ9Gccjs4c  (No Spoilers)
Launch Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DPXvlX9BAYQ  Spoiler Alert: Shows the world, some lots and explains how to start solving The Mystery. If you want to discover this for yourself, don't watch the trailer just yet!

Dev's Live Stream:   https://m.twitch.tv/videos/386618916   Spoilers! (Obviously!)

Comic/Blog 1: https://www.ea.com/en-gb/games/the-sims/the-sims-4/pc/strangerville-comic/part-1
Comic/Blog 2: https://www.ea.com/en-gb/games/the-sims/the-sims-4/pc/strangerville-comic/part-2
Comic/Blob 3: https://www.ea.com/en-gb/games/the-sims/the-sims-4/pc/strangerville-comic/part-3
Comic/Blog 4 and Final: https://www.ea.com/en-gb/games/the-sims/the-sims-4/pc/strangerville-comic/part-4

Devs Blog: https://www.ea.com/en-gb/games/the-sims/the-sims-4/pc/news/strangerville-reveal?utm_campaign=sims4_hd_ww_ic_soco_twt_strangerville-reveal-article-tw&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&cid=56727&ts=1550685727314

Details about the new world, we don't know much yet.

The new Military Career is fully playable, similar to the Gardening Career that Seasons brought us.

There is one new Aspiration and Trait.

Articles:
Polygon Article link that Grant Rodiek Tweeted: https://www.polygon.com/2019/2/19/18232153/sims-4-expansion-tease-live-stream-twitter-aliens
PC Gamer Article: https://www.pcgamer.com/what-is-happening-to-everyone-in-the-sims-4-strangerville/?utm_content=buffer3b1a4&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=buffer-pcgamertw
Rock Paper Shotgun Article: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2019/02/20/the-sims-4-investigates-the-paranormal-in-strangerville/


Carl's StrangerVille Guide  http://www.carls-sims-4-guide.com/gamepacks/strangerville/ (No Spoilers as all this information is available to the community)
Carl's Guide to Important Places: http://www.carls-sims-4-guide.com/gamepacks/strangerville/town.php (Minor Spoilers)
Carl's StrangerVille Story Summary: http://www.carls-sims-4-guide.com/gamepacks/strangerville/story.php (Complete spoilers!)
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Official Description
« Reply #1 on: February 19, 2019, 02:57:37 PM »
StangerVille Available Mac and PC Feb26th


Blog/Comic
https://www.ea.com/en-gb/games/the-sims/the-sims-4/pc/strangerville-comic/part-1


StrangerVille:

Start your investigation and solve the mystery of a desert town that holds a deep, dark secret in The Sims™ 4 StrangerVille.* In this ominous town, Sims are acting strange for unknown reasons. Is there a conspiracy? Will this seemingly odd force possess your Sim? Uncover the story of the secret lab where Sims will encounter strange plants and interact with peculiar devices. Can you solve the mystery?

KEY FEATURES:

A Different World – Explore StrangerVille, a rural desert town shrouded in secrecy. Encounter weird weather, creepy townies, dangerous plants, odd collectibles, and more.

Unravel the Story – Immerse your Sim in unique and mysterious events. Unmarked vans appear in neighborhoods, government agents use secret listening devices, and scanners are key in detecting the unusual.

Crack the Code – Have your Sims investigate using their Military training, searching for clues to solve a mystery that lies within the secret lab.

Suit Up Your Sim – Get Sims in the mystery-solving mood by gearing them up in desert-inspired clothing and military fatigues, or prepare them for the end with conspiracy-themed clothes, secret agent attire, and a hazmat suit.
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Re: New Game Play Trailer
« Reply #2 on: February 19, 2019, 03:32:00 PM »
Lead up info that we know:

Developers Twitter Info:

Various Strange tweets from the devs this morning definitely hinting towards some sort of 'take over' aka mind control:

https://twitter.com/SimGuruNinja/status/1097933819666096129
https://twitter.com/SimGuruRusskii/status/1097946616395313152

Thread that hints at certain items can 'protect' a sim as well as whatever this 'affliction' is spreads: https://twitter.com/SimGuruLyndsay/status/1097934572354863104

And a reference of a 'being' called The Mother:  https://twitter.com/SimGuruRomeo/status/1097940727617605632

Very apocalyptic background items: https://twitter.com/SimGuruKate/status/1097947093711360000

Other things mentioned by the devs this morning: a crater, eating the Fruit of the Mother, and this 'being' as 'arboreal mind dreams through our fleshy eyes'. A running theme is 'our eyes are open' and 'accept her gifts and all will be well' being posted with sim in creepy mind-controlled states.

Dev tweeted screenshots:





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Re: New Game Play Trailer
« Reply #3 on: February 19, 2019, 03:34:43 PM »
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Re: New Game Play Trailer
« Reply #4 on: February 19, 2019, 04:14:41 PM »
Confirmation from SimGuruLyndsay that the sims are not zombies: https://twitter.com/SimGuruLyndsay/status/1097966278348685312

I think that was pretty obvious from all the mind control hints/tweets though ;)
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Re: New Game Play Trailer
« Reply #6 on: February 19, 2019, 09:20:45 PM »
I am liking the looks of this.  ;D



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Re: New Game Play Trailer
« Reply #7 on: February 19, 2019, 11:02:52 PM »
If this is Strangetown I am going to lose it. I LOVE Strangetown. And it looks like maybe Military career?

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Re: New Game Play Trailer
« Reply #8 on: February 19, 2019, 11:44:37 PM »
My thoughts (as opposed to devs tweets/information) Maybe functional trailers?... After watching the 1st Game Player trailer I'm now more inclined to think this RV is background only. Link to trailer in first post - you can see the trailer in the first shot and then the interior of the sims tiny house is shown, rather than the RV.



https://twitter.com/SimGuruKate/status/1098071513939374081

We do know, however that the plane wreck is not just background art: https://twitter.com/SimGuruHouts/status/1098298881845030913
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Re: New Game Play Trailer
« Reply #9 on: February 20, 2019, 12:53:02 AM »
Yes, that trailer looks like something new with the panels on the side. I hope they bring back the Paranormal career. I always want new careers.

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« Reply #10 on: February 20, 2019, 01:58:49 AM »
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Re: New Game Play Trailer
« Reply #11 on: February 20, 2019, 02:39:04 AM »
Thanks @Playalot, I'm really looking forward to seeing what this is all about

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« Reply #12 on: February 20, 2019, 02:46:41 AM »
You're welcome @KTK10  Not too long to wait now  :)
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Re: New Game Play Trailer
« Reply #13 on: February 20, 2019, 03:26:32 AM »
I must say, the facial expressions look really fun.

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« Reply #14 on: February 20, 2019, 07:48:53 AM »
Thanks for posting this, @Playalot! I'm curious to see what they reveal today.

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Re: New Game Play Trailer
« Reply #15 on: February 20, 2019, 12:56:00 PM »
I've placed a link to the YouTube trailer in the first post  :)

StangerVille Available Mac and PC Feb26th


Blog/Comic
https://www.ea.com/en-gb/games/the-sims/the-sims-4/pc/strangerville-comic/part-1


StrangerVille:

Start your investigation and solve the mystery of a desert town that holds a deep, dark secret in The Sims™ 4 StrangerVille.* In this ominous town, Sims are acting strange for unknown reasons. Is there a conspiracy? Will this seemingly odd force possess your Sim? Uncover the story of the secret lab where Sims will encounter strange plants and interact with peculiar devices. Can you solve the mystery?

KEY FEATURES:

A Different World – Explore StrangerVille, a rural desert town shrouded in secrecy. Encounter weird weather, creepy townies, dangerous plants, odd collectibles, and more.

Unravel the Story – Immerse your Sim in unique and mysterious events. Unmarked vans appear in neighborhoods, government agents use secret listening devices, and scanners are key in detecting the unusual.

Crack the Code – Have your Sims investigate using their Military training, searching for clues to solve a mystery that lies within the secret lab.

Suit Up Your Sim – Get Sims in the mystery-solving mood by gearing them up in desert-inspired clothing and military fatigues, or prepare them for the end with conspiracy-themed clothes, secret agent attire, and a hazmat suit.

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Re: Announcing StrangerVille Game Pack
« Reply #16 on: February 20, 2019, 01:15:57 PM »
Now I know what my birthday present will be. LOL It will be a few days late, but I will have it.

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Re: Announcing StrangerVille Game Pack
« Reply #17 on: February 20, 2019, 01:33:58 PM »
ALIENS. Lol. I'm so excited for this.

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Re: Announcing StrangerVille Game Pack
« Reply #18 on: February 20, 2019, 01:45:25 PM »
Another blog post: https://www.ea.com/en-gb/games/the-sims/the-sims-4/pc/news/strangerville-reveal?utm_campaign=sims4_hd_ww_ic_soco_twt_strangerville-reveal-article-tw&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&cid=56727&ts=1550685727314



It’s a quiet desert town.

Library.

Watering hole.

Quirky locals.

Military personnel?

Uh. . . conspiracy theories?

A secret lab?!

You know, typical.

Welcome to StrangerVille, where townspeople are acting bizarre for unknown reasons. There’s a deep, dark secret afoot, and your Sim can solve the mystery in The Sims™ 4 StrangerVille!* On February 26, 2019, the strangeness will be released on PC and Mac.

Suit Up
Your Sim will meet many locals and search for clues. But, before they do, you can outfit them in StrangerVille-style clothes! Will it be the bomber jacket and distressed jeans? A prairie-style dress? Or, the super-serious lab coat? Get your Sim prepared in any way you like.

 

Head Out
Okay, you’ve got your gear. So, where do you head off to? You could get to know locals (and secrets) at the watering hole. Even visit the library to meet scientists who may or may not know important information. But, your Sim can’t be in two places at once. So, you may have to rely on some “equipment” to gather more information.

 

Follow the Clues

When it starts getting really weird out there, DON’T PANIC! EVEN THOUGH THIS PART IS ALL IN CAPS! Strange weather, odd behavior, and things that glow? Sheesh. The mystery just keeps unfolding. But you just may be one step closer to solving the puzzle.
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Re: Announcing StrangerVille Game Pack
« Reply #19 on: February 20, 2019, 02:41:02 PM »
I wonder if there will be an alien revamp with this. I hope so. Or better yet, a new life state. Either way I am excited. I love wierd alien items in sims. And new dangerous plants sound fun.

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« Reply #20 on: February 20, 2019, 02:55:21 PM »
hmmm now they just need a Sims version of D&D, a boy who goes missing, psychic powers, a girl who dies (and is immediately forgotten), seance skill and a whole lot of 80's references in it.

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« Reply #21 on: February 20, 2019, 05:48:57 PM »
Hmm, looks like a Disney-esque version of a zombie curse. And martial arts is returning. Funny, a few months ago, I posted on the official forum about how awesome it would be if martial arts returned and it got backed up by others. Hehe, looks like we got our wish :P

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Ways to Opt Out of Strangeness/World Details
« Reply #23 on: February 20, 2019, 08:18:50 PM »
As confirmed by Sim Guru Houts:

StrangerVille is not a vacation world. Your Sims can live there and immerse themselves in the strangeness. Also, there are ways to opt-out of the strange stuff going on in case you want it to be more of a "normal" place to live.

In fact, I highly recommend moving in to get the full experience. Don't go crazy with what you imagine this might be, but there are some cool details that you'll get if you actually live there.
https://twitter.com/SimGuruHouts/status/1098340968485404672

When you start a new game, the story is very minimal until you decide to start digging into it. If you want to completely remove all story elements from your world, you'll have to play through the story first. We don't want to force the story/weirdness on you.
https://twitter.com/SimGuruHouts/status/1098400306411360262

The story is fully contained within StrangerVille**. Finding out how to start the story is part of the fun! (**My words: just to be clear,when SimGuruHolts says the story is fully contained, this means the strangeness will not spread out of StrangerVille)
https://twitter.com/SimGuruHouts/status/1098434511581278208
https://twitter.com/SimGuruHouts/status/1098337358175301632

The New World is 11 editable residential lots spread over two neighborhoods, but we don't know their sizes yet.
There is one special lot that we can not edit. (It is visible from the map.)
https://twitter.com/SimGuruHouts/status/1098398682485993472
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Re: Announcing StrangerVille Game Pack
« Reply #24 on: February 20, 2019, 08:24:31 PM »
There will be a gameplay trailer that drops on launch day (the 26th). There will not be a deep dive livestream but devs will be doing a short intro to the pack on Monday the 25th at 11 AM PT.

I'll post relevant links as I get them in the first post

Confirmed by SimGuruKate

Also Game Changers embargo lifts at 8 AM PT on Sunday, Feb. 24th so you can start looking for more news, videos and general information from them then.
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« Reply #25 on: February 20, 2019, 08:35:28 PM »
I was happy when I thought this would just be something like a modified vacation 'hood. I'm thrilled our Sims can live there. My only concern is that infected townies will show up in other worlds. I want the weird, but I want it contained!

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« Reply #26 on: February 20, 2019, 08:39:24 PM »
@reggikko  there is a way to contain the strangeness, just don't know any details yet. (click)
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Military Career
« Reply #27 on: February 20, 2019, 08:55:57 PM »
The new Military Career is fully playable like the gardening career that Seasons brought us.

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Re: Announcing StrangerVille Game Pack
« Reply #28 on: February 20, 2019, 09:20:44 PM »
Just in case anyone was wondering... SimGuruKate has confirmed that cars are NOT part of StrangeVille
https://twitter.com/SimGuruKate/status/1098399945072226304
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« Reply #29 on: February 20, 2019, 10:15:37 PM »
Thanks for the updates @Playalot. They really didn't give a lot of notice on this one.

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« Reply #30 on: February 20, 2019, 10:24:42 PM »
Fun!

Secret Lot I like those. Cool.
Links to Alexa details: https://twitter.com/SimGuru0x00/status/1098289566715244544

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« Reply #31 on: February 20, 2019, 10:47:05 PM »
@Playalot , thanks so much for gathering all this information! I am really excited for this pack. Good to see that the infection will be contained.

I guess I'll finally be moving my Curious brothers into the game.  ;D

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« Reply #32 on: February 21, 2019, 07:15:43 AM »
@scoed  @reggikko  You're both welcome.

Carl's initial Guide to StrangeVille is now live: http://www.carls-sims-4-guide.com/gamepacks/strangerville/   :)
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« Reply #33 on: February 21, 2019, 11:36:56 AM »
Finally we are getting laptops!!!! But only if you buy the game pack.

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« Reply #34 on: February 22, 2019, 01:54:11 AM »
https://forums.thesims.com/en_US/discussion/comment/16966054/#Comment_16966054

OK, you might not want to delete lot types in the new expansion right away. The story apparently will still work but some specific interactions may be lost if some lot types are not in Strangerville. The lots themselves can be bulldozed premade sims deleted and lot types moved but apparently some interactions depend on certain lot types being in Strangerville.

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Re: Announcing StrangerVille Game Pack
« Reply #35 on: February 22, 2019, 04:49:39 AM »
Here's the full quote from SimGuruHolts for those of you who want the full read about how the story progresses with certain lot types/venues in StrangerVille as per @scoed 's post above.

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It was an interesting challenge designing the story for StrangerVille. As you're pointing out, players can change who lives there and even what the lot types are, so we can't rely on those being the same as what we ship.

We did include a few things specific to some of the pre-made households and their houses, but it won't break the story if you get rid of them or bulldoze their lots. First and foremost, The Sims is about letting you do what you want; forgetting that would be going against the strengths of the game.

Same thing with the venues: there are two standard venues that we placed in the world which have some special functionality. That functionality is tied to the venue type rather than the specific lots we built out, so if you want to customize your venues, the special stuff should still work as long as you keep the venue type the same (it doesn't have to be on the same lot or anything, just as long as that venue type exists somewhere in StrangerVille). If you choose to get rid of those venues completely, you might miss some of the stuff that happens there, but it doesn't break the story/investigation.

Our aim was/is to create a story that embraces the open-ended sandbox nature of The Sims rather than trying to ram some highly scripted linear experience through. Ideally, you'll be able to tell your Sim's story within the situations we serve up while staying true to the stories and personas you've created. It's not perfect (it's our first time trying something like this), but I'm proud of it and hoping it's something we can develop further in future releases.

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« Reply #36 on: February 22, 2019, 02:02:39 PM »
StrangerVille Comic Part 2 is now out: https://www.ea.com/en-gb/games/the-sims/the-sims-4/pc/strangerville-comic/part-2 (link also in first Post)
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Re: Announcing StrangerVille Game Pack
« Reply #37 on: February 23, 2019, 12:04:50 PM »
There is a new aspiration!

https://twitter.com/SimGuruKate/status/1099128783469109248

And it is confirmed to be $20 US as expected. And the military career has two paths.

https://forums.thesims.com/en_US/discussion/comment/16967483/#Comment_16967483

That cool colander hat is scavenged!

https://twitter.com/SimGuruLyndsay/status/1097938323895607296

Looks like I will be digging in the trash!

I am thinking there is no new skill. :( Anyone hear any different?

I wonder if there is a new death, and a new woohoo spot, anyone got any info on this? I hope so, deadly plans and all.

Am I the only one thinking the Devs are being stingy with the information this time around?

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Re: Announcing StrangerVille Game Pack
« Reply #38 on: February 23, 2019, 06:05:36 PM »
@scoed There is no new skill, but there is a confirmed new Trait.

https://twitter.com/SimGuruKate/status/1099128783469109248
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Re: Announcing StrangerVille Game Pack
« Reply #39 on: February 23, 2019, 06:08:00 PM »
Carl is currently working on a Guide to StangerVille. He is making it so that there will be guides that while being helpful will not contain any spoilers. As well as another guide that will basically be a tell-all with spoilers galore.

When the embargo is up he will release these guides. Either he or I will ensure the links are posted for easy navigation.

Carl's initial Guide is live now: http://www.carls-sims-4-guide.com/gamepacks/strangerville/ Much more is coming soon.
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Re: Announcing StrangerVille Game Pack
« Reply #40 on: February 23, 2019, 07:01:37 PM »
No new skill? That is disappointing. This pack looks like is
It lacks long term playability outside of the 11 new lots to play with. Thanks for the information @Playalot. I am still excited as they had me at "deadly plants".

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Re: Announcing StrangerVille Game Pack
« Reply #41 on: February 24, 2019, 04:28:18 PM »
Carl's Guide to Important Places Around StrangerVille is up, contains screenshots of world lots, so minor spoilers if you don't even want to know what the world looks like.

http://www.carls-sims-4-guide.com/gamepacks/strangerville/town.php
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Re: Announcing StrangerVille Game Pack
« Reply #42 on: February 25, 2019, 05:43:34 PM »
Dev's Live Stream.

https://m.twitch.tv/videos/386618916

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Re: Announcing StrangerVille Game Pack
« Reply #43 on: February 26, 2019, 02:03:45 PM »
Spoiler Alert: Shows the world, some lots and explains how to start solving The Mystery. If you want to discover this for yourself, don't watch the trailer just yet!

Launch Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DPXvlX9BAYQ
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Re: Announcing StrangerVille Game Pack
« Reply #44 on: March 02, 2019, 02:47:26 PM »
Part 3 of the Comic is out: https://www.ea.com/en-gb/games/the-sims/the-sims-4/pc/strangerville-comic/part-3   It does show some spoilers in the way of world scenery for those of you who haven't played through the story yet.
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Re: Announcing StrangerVille Game Pack
« Reply #45 on: March 07, 2019, 05:20:39 PM »
Carl's written a guide that summarizes the story of StrangerVille, loads of spoilers if you haven't played it yet, but great for reading through parts of the story you may have missed.

http://www.carls-sims-4-guide.com/gamepacks/strangerville/story.php
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Re: Announcing StrangerVille Game Pack
« Reply #46 on: March 08, 2019, 04:00:20 PM »
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