The latest expansion pack for The Sims 4 has been announced with a theme that we haven’t seen in an expansion before – Eco Lifestyle. The pack names are getting more and more simple, aren’t they?

And, for the first time ever, it shall be arriving on PC, Mac, PS4 and Xbox One all on the same day – June 5th 2020!

Interestingly, the announcement of the expansion pack has received a very mixed response from Simmers – ranging from extremely positive to negative. Many are excited to see a new theme being explored, however some have commented that it is quite a niche theme and perhaps draws on similar gameplay mechanics found in other packs.

Personally, it has me more interested than when it was leaked, but I am also stepping on the side of caution – especially after Island Living last year which felt quite shallow. Likewise, I am very excited to see The Sims team exploring a new theme. Hopefully the pack is full of new content and surprises those of us who are more skeptical.

Official Blog Post Announcing The Game

Welcome to Evergreen Harbor, the sustainable city of your dreams! Join your fellow collaborative makers and sustainability activists in The Sims™ 4 Eco Lifestyle Expansion Pack*, coming to PC, Mac, Xbox One, and PlayStation®4 on June 5, 2020! How will you play to change?

Change the World

In Evergreen Harbor, every action you take and decision you make influences the state of the world around you. The cleaner Evergreen Harbor gets, the more you’ll see nature thriving. You determine whether the skies are smoggy or clear enough to see the aurora borealis glimmering above. Let garbage pile up on the streets of your neighborhood or clean it up to create lush green walking paths in town. It’s up to you!

Upgrade Your Home

New updates in Build/Buy encourage going green, too. For the first time, you can offset your bills with wind turbines, solar panels, and dew collectors. Reduce your eco footprint and invest in a living rooftop for a splash of bright color. Inside, choose between gorgeous new furniture (sustainably made, of course) or upcycle someone else’s junk into beautiful items!

Eco Living Screenshot

Make or Break It

Speaking of reclaiming and repurposing things, why don’t you check out a new job as a maker? As you go around town, keep an eye out for collectibles and materials for your next project. Brave Sims might try dumpster diving for resources like dyes, bits and pieces, and ingredients—as long as they don’t mind the smell. Choose the Freelance Crafter career to fill mail and internet orders for your candles, fizzy juices, upcycled objects, and more! Or try to encourage your neighbors to vote for a community maker space where you can all craft together.

Use Your Voice

Unused community spaces are going to waste—literally, as a dump. Rally your neighbors to decide how to use it. To get that maker space, you’re going to need support. Want a shared planting space with vertical gardens instead? Vote for it! Every week, you can join your new community in voting for a Neighborhood Action Plan. Transform the shared lot, promote the performing arts, suggest a weekly workout, demand an upcycling initiative, or explore the many other options on the board. Just know that you could end up wearing a paper bag on your head if things go sideways….

Sims greeting each other outside of their house

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