The newest expansion pack for The Sims 4, titled Snowy Escape, looks like it will be an incredible addition to the Sims franchise. It’s packed with all the winter activities like snowboarding, skiing, and sledding. (And yes, outdoor hot tubs are there too). The new world is inspired by Japan, which means there are exciting new decorating options like kotatsu tables, shoji doors, and paper lanterns.

However, the most exciting thing about Snowy Escape might be the new “Lifestyles and Sentiments” feature. Here’s what EA’s website has to say about the feature:

Unlock new personality and relationship effects with the introduction of Lifestyles and Sentiments. Lifestyles manifest in response to your Sim’s actions and habits, changing their behaviors appropriately. Similarly, shared experiences inspire Sentiments and have a lasting impact on Sim’s relationships to each other, affecting their social interactions.

According to EA, there will be 16 different Lifestyles in total. Lifestyles will have a much larger impact on Sim behavior than the traits and aspirations selected in Create-A-Sim.

While building and decorating homes in The Sims 4 is extremely satisfying, gameplay in The Sims 4 has long been lacking in depth. These new features seem like they’ll give Sims more distinct personalities and deeper relationships, which seems like it could be incredibly exciting. I’m especially curious to see the impact Lifestyles will have on Rags to Riches challenges.

I’ve been avoiding The Sims 4 since the lackluster Journey to Batuu Game Pack, but this announcement has me excited to play The Sims 4 again.

The Sims 4: Snowy Escape is due out November 13, 2020. If you’d like to see more of Snowy Escape, check out the trailer below.

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