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  • luthienrisingluthienrising Posts: 34,043 Member
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  • EgonVMEgonVM Posts: 3,381 Member
    edited May 2020
    Gameplay trailer is out!


    Interesting that the new woohoo place is a dumster...

    Oh, they also released a new blog post.
    https://www.ea.com/games/the-sims/the-sims-4/news/eco-lifestyle-gameplay?utm_campaign=sims4_hd_ww_ic_soco_yt_eco-feature-overview-yt&utm_source=youtube&utm_medium=social&cid=63231&ts=1589900883814

    According to it, community places can be transformed into public gardens, maker spaces, and marketspaces.
    You can never discover The Sims games 100%. Even when you think you know everything, the game manages to surprise you.
    That's why I do experiments in the game from time to time and tutorial videos on YouTube.
  • luthienrisingluthienrising Posts: 34,043 Member
    edited May 2020
    Thanks, @EgonVM!



    *** Gameplay Trailer Discussion is here: Eco Lifestyle - Gameplay trailer ***



    From the Gameplay Blog: Take Sustainability to the Next Level in The Sims 4 Eco Lifestyle
    The World
    The community of Grims Quarry is best off, environmentally speaking, though grimy and cluttered with waste. Still, its clean air accentuates its appeal when compared to the middling Conifer Station and rundown Port Promise. Once Sims start making an effort, though, each of these neighborhoods transforms. Go all-in on the industrial-chic aesthetic by turning an old shipping container lot into your new home in Port Promise, or take a leisurely stroll atop of the old train station’s parkway in Conifer Station when Evergreen Harbor finally lives up to its name. - gameplay blog

    Gameplay in Other Worlds
    Sims also reap the rewards of living either the green or industrial lifestyle even beyond Evergreen Harbor. Check your impact in almost any neighborhood or world of your choosing—excluding Strangerville and Destination Worlds—or pause the eco-footprint effects from the game options menu. You decide where and when it matters to you. - gameplay blog

    New Woohoo Spot
    Just make sure the dumpster’s not already occupied by any other Sims getting frisky - gameplay blog

    Buy Mode content in Gameplay
    Need a TV, a table, or even a mattress? Check the dumpster! - gameplay blog

    Gameplay Objects (boldface in quotes is mine)
    With the Recycler, you can break that old couch down into reusable components for your next invention. To get the rest of the materials, keep an eye out for Bits & Pieces while you’re scrounging around in the dumpster. Once you’ve collected enough, you can create your own items in the amazing new Fabricator! - gameplay blog
    From wind turbines to solar panels, generate your own electricity at home. Whether you place them on your roof or in your yard, they offset your bills and take you off the grid—literally, they expand off-the-grid functionality. Sims might choose to gather their own water with a dew collector too. Who needs infrastructure now? Of course, you could always go for a traditional power generator if green energy isn’t your thing. - gameplay blog
    Sell your goods with an Entrepreneur's Table at the Community Space. - gameplay blog

    Careers
    Explore two new careers in The Sims 4 Eco Lifestyle. As a Civil Designer, it’s your job to fix this town up—with help, of course. Once you get your Eco Inventions up and running, your neighbors are sure to take notice. On the other hand, if you’re more of a creative soul, why not turn a profit on the stuff you’re making? Perhaps you’re a Fizzy Juicer, a furniture maker, or a candlemaker. Once you’ve gathered your resources, like ingredients or repurposed dyes, you can get to work and fill orders through the computer as a Freelance Crafter! - gameplay blog
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  • EgonVMEgonVM Posts: 3,381 Member
    According to this Facebook post, Evergreen Harbor should have 3 neighborhoods.
    https://www.facebook.com/TheSims/posts/3158615874177461
    You can never discover The Sims games 100%. Even when you think you know everything, the game manages to surprise you.
    That's why I do experiments in the game from time to time and tutorial videos on YouTube.
  • luthienrisingluthienrising Posts: 34,043 Member
    EgonVM wrote: »
    According to this Facebook post, Evergreen Harbor should have 3 neighborhoods.
    https://www.facebook.com/TheSims/posts/3158615874177461

    Thanks! That's in the blog I quoted from too, with some details.

    Thanks, @FlpAmaral !
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  • luthienrisingluthienrising Posts: 34,043 Member
    Frost confirms Dumpster woohoo (which seems to be Twitter's main interest this afternoon):

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  • luthienrisingluthienrising Posts: 34,043 Member
    edited May 2020
    New (I think) details from the Gameplay Trailer:
    • Knox (pre-made) is an eco-lifestyle advocate who pushes Neighbourhood Action Plans
    • Bess (pre-made) is a local entrepreneur and Civil Designer
    • One Neighbourhood Action Plan is a Water Shut-off Day
    • The Vertical Garden allows more plants in a smaller space
    • Insect farming produces a food ingredient
    • One maker machine makes "Fizzy Juice"
    • Candles can be hand-dipped
    • Civil Designer is a work-from-home Career involving product invention, such as some kind of plant grower, some kind of lamp, and the smog-sucker seen in the announcement trailer
    • The Fabricator is a tool used to manufacture; it has a fail animation for users


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  • luthienrisingluthienrising Posts: 34,043 Member
    FAQ: culling relationship decay
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  • luthienrisingluthienrising Posts: 34,043 Member
    edited May 2020
    Notes from the Livestream

    Most statements are SimGuruGeorge or SimGuruJill.

    (This is not going to be absolutely every statement or even absolutely every new statement because I'm multitasking :# . For those following along because they can't be at the livestream but can be online, I'll be editing this post probably a few time. I'm especially likely to miss SimGuru comments in the chat.)

    ECO-FOOTPRINT
    • New UI for the Eco-Footprint.
    • This new system can appear on most other worlds. It does not affect trash etc. as in Evergreen Harbour, but can produce the environment effects (aurora, sunrays, smog). With Seasons, you can get acid rain. "You might not want to splash around in those puddles."
    • Industrialized Eco-Footprint allows generated power to sell for more, but Sims can cough.
    • A Green Eco-Footprint includes clearer air, special effects in the sky, plant improvements. Plants grow slower but with better ingredients. Solar panels work better.
    • Sources of power and water can also be Green/Industrial (acquired in Build/Buy), as can activities with things like Rockets (base game). Fires have a negative effect.
    • Eco-Footprint is per neighbourhood
    • Port Promise starts Industrialized, one new neighbourhood starts neutral, the third starts Green. All previous worlds' neighbourhoods start neutral.
    • Sims (including Children and Toddlers) embarrassed with the state of their neighbourhood may wear bags on their heads. Children's and Toddlers' bags look like they made them themselves.
    • Game Options enable/disable NPC Voting and Eco-Footprint Gameplay.

    BUILD/BUY
    • Choices in decorating and impacting affect gameplay. Some building materials have positive or negative impact, which shows in the Build UI (if it's Green or Industrial).
    • How neighbours build also affects Eco-Footprint.
    • Can now search for just Off-the-Grid items in Build/Buy
    • Not only EP items affect the Eco-Footprint
    • 6-tile sliding window
    • shipping-container door makes a metal sound when it opens
    • ladders *patch* - one patched in, a second ladder only in the EP. Option to slide down a ladder to get down faster. Can build multiple storey ladders. Toddlers and Pets can't use them or be carried on them. Children can use them.
    • solar panels map to roof angles (except curved). Alternatively, solar shingles produce power. Build mode shows the power production rating.
    • new fireplace
    • Flooring can have more or less fire resistance. *patch* This can be turned on and off in Game Options.
    • NO COMMENT on the window placement, but could see that it was shifting freely

    GAMEPLAY OBJECTS
    • Fabricator - creates fabricated objects are not available in Buy mode without cheats, and require materials
    • Recycler object - gives bits and pieces out of other objects in the game, eg your MySims doll collection. Can recycle from inventory by clicking on the machine. Results can be used in the Fabricator.
    • Candle Maker (SimGuruPopcorn) - requires wax, which can be bought from the candle making station - hobby contributes to fabrication skill. Children can make dipped candles but not molded or carved candles. High skill can infuse with scents for different moods. Colours come from dyes: 7 regular colours, 2 special colours - 1 from dumpster diving (houndstooth), the other Grim dye. Candles burn down. Shift-click cheat to set level and keep it there. Candle auto-light system is separate from regular lights. Soy wax can be bought or harvest; beeswax can be got if you have Seasons. All candles work off the grid.
    • Bike - does not need Discover University; pulled from trash
    • Juice Fizzer - brewing "juice", kombucha (uses flowers and herbs), and seltzer. Ingredients from inventory, including from other packs. Similar to real distilling, you can set it up and walk away. Amount of ingredients = amount of results. Can name it, send it for evaluation.
    • Insect Farm - grubs, beetles, bombadier beetles, and crickets. They can be nurtured. New recipes use insects, which must be farmed. Crickets can result in Cricket Flour or Bio-Fuel to power your house. Can feed insects with compostables.
    • Hydroponic Garden - waters itself
    • Vertical Garden (SimGuruPopcorn) - Civil Designers can grow fake meat, which can be named. Massaging meat improves its quality. If it is allowed to dry, it becomes jerky. If it catches fire, you get a meat cube. Vegetarian & Squeamish Sims don't like standing next to the fake meat.
    • Dew Collector - does not require Seasons, but does have extra effects with Seasons. Similarly with Solar Panels and Wind Turbines. They can need cleaning, can break, etc. If you break your Dew Collector, it will water around it, including watering plants. It might sprout plants around it. With Seasons, you can upgrade Wind Turbines to collect electricity.
    • "You should definitely" press the red button on the Power Generator.

    NEIGHBOURHOOD ACTION PLANS
    • One of these plans enables the neighbourhood to turn more green; another enables it to turn more modern. The neighbourhood will continue to change gradually over the course of a week.
    • Cheats for enacting the plans are available for players by shift-clicking the Community Board
    • Neighbourhood Action Plans can include "Free Love". Romance interactions produce no jealousy; you can gain Community Influence Points for Romance interactions. Tendency to go streaking.
    • Others e.g. Clean Energy Production, Foodies United, Self-Sufficiency, Support the Performing Arts, Tech Support, Water Conservation, Juiced Community, We Wear Bags, Sharing is Caring... (I missed some!)
    • An open-street Community Board is where you vote for the week's Action Plans. What you vote for might be voted down by neighbours. There is a new UI Panel which includes your influence points. Socializing, relationships, hosting events can increase influence. Civil Designer interactions also.
    • You can only vote on the action plans for your own neighbourhood. You can vote at your mailbox. You can't mess with the votes but you can try to convince others to vote or petition to repeal.

    CAS
    • Two styles: upcycled/remade/repaired and ...?
    • New accessories include eyebrow rings, nose rings, septum rings, ear gauges/plugs
    • New beard

    TRAITS
    • Maker - enjoy building
    • Green Fiend - wants to use renewable technology, garden, make neighbourhoods eco-friendly
    • Recycling Disciple
    • Freegan - like getting free stuff out of trash, enjoy dumpster interactions incl. eating out of it

    ASPIRATIONS (SimGuruJessica)
    • Eco-Innovator - involved voting, convincing to vote, ties into Civil Designer career track ...
    • Master Maker - ties into crafting, recycling; can gain discounts on material used

    CONSOLE
    New option of context-sensitive button callouts in the screen corners

    MAP (SimGuruAzure)
    • New overlay shows a neighbourhood's Eco-Footprint level
    • Neighbourhoods now have name-description map tags for all worlds except vacation worlds

    NEW WORLD LOTS AND DECOR
    • 13 lots including 2 apartment lots with 2 apartments each = 15 lots
    • In addition, one community lot per neighbourhood
    • World vibe is a 19th century port industry mining/forestry town reviving itself, and includes homages to the past, e.g. the train station
    • As you remake the neighbourhood, the non-editable neighbourhood changes; one neighbourhood gets a skyway park out of a disused railway.
    • Apartments - different from City Living apartments: more modest, shorter. Apartments for living in are on the top floor. One building (two levels) does not have an elevator. Cannot edit outer walls except by Neighbourhood Action Plans. No landlords or noisy neighbour functionality. These are rented, not bought.

    PREMADE "NEIGHBOURHOOD PERSONALITIES" and other NPCs
    • You can play the Neighbourhood Personalities but when you aren't playing them they take these roles. They only appear in Evergreen Harbour, instead of the Welcome Party.
    • Knox is an "Eco Master". He will introduce Neighbourhood Action Plans.
    • Bess is an "Entrepreneur". You can loan her money for her initiatives and you might or might not get money back.
    • Eco-Inspector can be hired to check Eco-Footprint and give report.
    • Civics Inspector is based on Neighbourhood Action Plans and will check for enforced objects and fine you.

    CAREERS
    • Freelance Crafter - different from previous freelancer careers in that it includes more skills; uses new object Fabricator (3D printer)
    • Civil Designer - (sorry, missed some of this due to a phone call!)

    SKILLS
    • Juice Fizzing, e.g. of kombucha - trait from maxed skill is "Affizionado"
    • Fabrication, increases what you can make with the Fabricator and Candle Making



    Post edited by luthienrising on
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    #freethebabies #TeamToasters #TeamPlayableGnomes #TeamFarms #FarmTeam #BouncyCastle!!
  • luthienrisingluthienrising Posts: 34,043 Member
    edited May 2020
    continued

    INVENTORY UPDATE *patch*
    • sortable inventory, favorites, selling grouped inventory

    DUMPSTER
    • source of material for crafting
    • many interactions include meal grabbing, sort out compostables, dive for deals (furniture, decor, electronics, money), new woohoo
    • can bond with Dumpster flies
    • Objects from Dumpster diving include those from earlier Sims versions

    LOT TRAIT
    • Reduce and Recycle - new lot trait requires waste management. Trash picked up weekly.

    BILLS (SimGuruTom)
    • Bill are now split out. Mailbox -> "Show Bill Information". Bills now affected by lot value (a bit less than before) and also by use of power and water. *patch*
    • You can sell surplus power or water to the power company. "You can turn your bills into a profit-making scheme."
    • If you don't pay, the Repo Man will arrive and take objects.
    • Generate more energy with the Treadmill upgraded.

    COMMUNITY SPACES
    • Can be added to any world as a lot type with default space or straight (in Build mode) to a subtype
    • Community Space Projects have a separate board to vote on Community Garden, Maker Space, or Marketplace: venue subtypes. What you vote for might be voted down by neighbours.
    • spaces are editable

    OFF THE GRID LOTS
    • Surplus can be used to have objects operate as normal
    • Many objects now updated for off-the-grid play, including some fridges to add ice to *patch*
    • New buffs, so more positive with some traits *patch*
    • New recipes for off-the-grid survival play, e.g. boiling frogs, give buffs making you more survivable *patch*
    • Can gather water *patch*
    • Using Bio-Fuel and Eco Upgrade parts, fabricated, you can upgrade stuff to be off the grid.

    NEW DEATH
    • Death by Flies (Dumpster, Trash Can)

    NO COMMENT on FIREFIGHTERS seen in the stream



    Upcoming: May 22nd 6 a.m. (California time) Game Changers can start releasing some info.
    Post edited by luthienrising on
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  • EgonVMEgonVM Posts: 3,381 Member
    edited May 2020
    Only thing that could be seen about firefighters in the live stream was when fire was clicked and the notification box that came after the fire insurance notification. From that notification, firefighters wear bright red helmet.

    They also ended the stream with firefighters without aknowledging them. It seems like their whole uniform is bright red this time and they arrive with a music. When they put out all fire, the same music plays and they celebrate it. It also seems like the fire alarm still summons them without having to call them.
    You can never discover The Sims games 100%. Even when you think you know everything, the game manages to surprise you.
    That's why I do experiments in the game from time to time and tutorial videos on YouTube.
  • DaWaterRatDaWaterRat Posts: 2,105 Member
    EgonVM wrote: »
    Only thing that could be seen about firefighters in the live stream was when fire was clicked and the notification box that came after the fire insurance notification. From that notification, firefighters wear bright red helmet.

    If you watched to the end, they showed up when SimGuruGeorge set the house on fire.
  • EgonVMEgonVM Posts: 3,381 Member
    DaWaterRat wrote: »
    EgonVM wrote: »
    Only thing that could be seen about firefighters in the live stream was when fire was clicked and the notification box that came after the fire insurance notification. From that notification, firefighters wear bright red helmet.

    If you watched to the end, they showed up when SimGuruGeorge set the house on fire.

    I couldn't watch it until the end, but I rewatched it now. I have updated my post accordingly.
    You can never discover The Sims games 100%. Even when you think you know everything, the game manages to surprise you.
    That's why I do experiments in the game from time to time and tutorial videos on YouTube.
  • BabySquareBabySquare Posts: 7,850 Member
    Auroras in other worlds seems to be confirmed.
    https://simsvip.com/2020/05/14/the-sims-4-eco-lifestyle-three-new-gifs/
    Gallery ID: babysquare
  • luthienrisingluthienrising Posts: 34,043 Member
    edited May 2020


    @BabySquare, yes, they were confirmed in the Livestream talk as well.
    FAQ: culling relationship decay
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  • luthienrisingluthienrising Posts: 34,043 Member
    Patch-related


    There's probably more but I think Twitter just crashed.
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  • LenaDietersLenaDieters Posts: 126 Member
    edited May 2020
    Pre-made families:
    Bess lives in Port Promise
    Knox lives in Port Promise
    Tinkler family (Tina, Yasmin, Olive)
    Harris family (Francine, Cletus, Faye, Gob, Gideon)
    Bingham family lives in Port Promise (Juniper and ?)
    Post edited by LenaDieters on
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