The Sims team continue to surprise us with recent game updates and today is no different! Today, all players were provided with a free caribbean game update which brings new furniture, clothing, and hairstyles!

How cool is that? Let’s dig in more and learn what comes in this free update from the official Sims blog, where Cheyenne talks all about the new items.

Remember, to get all of this, all you need to do is update your game with Origin. If you use mods, make sure that they are compatible before re-enabling them.

Hi, Cheyenne! Tell us a little about what you do on The Sims.
I split my time between modeling 3D objects and art direction for features (often clothes and objects, sometimes gameplay). These added features often celebrate holidays. I’ve always been a huge fan of The Sims!

The free Base Game update looks great! Tell us what players can expect.
Colorful patterns! For Create-A-Sim, there is a good mix between basic items and some more fancy going-out clothes, and they all use patterns to make them unique. The objects have a lot of fun designs and really beautiful wallpaper. We also added two new object types – sliding doors and a fan.

What inspired the team to create this update, and from where did you draw inspiration?
We wanted something that would give people a taste of island life in a way we haven’t really explored yet. We were inspired by the way cultures and traditions can come together in the Caribbean in beautiful ways. For the men’s suit specifically, it was fun to think about what would make a suit unique for hotter weather and combining that with colors and patterns that complement other clothes in the update.

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What was the biggest challenge for you and the team? What about the biggest victory?
One of our biggest challenges was figuring out how to balance the clothing items and furniture so it was fun and colorful, but wouldn’t overpower the room. This challenge ties into our biggest victory. We were able to balance the amount of pattern in different areas of the assets, and also create some solids. Many items can be mixed and matched (with themselves and existing assets) so players can have as much pattern as they want.

How would you decorate a Caribbean-inspired home?
I’d build a lot of windows and glass doors to connect the home to nature, hopefully with a view of the ocean. I’d add some greenery inside, too!

In addition to the official blog, EA also released a quick teaser on The Sims official Twitter to showcase what’s in this update.

Of course, there are also bug fixes a plenty in this game update, and plenty more to come according to SimGuru’s on Twitter – including tweaks to the new and improved gallery.