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Can Maxis please unlock "special" lots?

BrandonstatezBrandonstatez Posts: 38 Member
I understand that some "special" lots, like the ruins, chalet gardens, and the island bluffs of Windenburg are part of EA's attempt to ingrain backstory and atmosphere in some worlds, but at the same time, locking these lots limits our ability to create our own stories. I want to say I understand why they did this, but frankly, I can't fully understand the thought process behind decisions like these that ultimately limit player control and storytelling. I say it's time to officially #freethelots. If you're going to give us an editable lot, we should be able to edit the lot type. I kindly request that these special lots be fully unlocked. We shouldn't have to rely on a mod to edit lot types.

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  • troshalomtroshalom Posts: 694 Member
    @Brandonstatez why do you want to unlock those lots?
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  • DoloresGreyDoloresGrey Posts: 2,635 Member
    edited September 13
    100% agree. I created a royal family and I wanted them to live in the Von Haunt Estate. It is not possible. And that irks me very much.
  • SimmingalSimmingal Posts: 1,869 Member
    edited September 13
    THIS!

    especially i want to make von haunt and bluffs residential lots soooo bad like really what am i to do with mansion if i can't even live in it? my fancy rich sims wanna buy it.

    what do i do with some random pool ?when i could have cool witch tower instead? and witch living in it?

    seriously.

    also i hate how they put graffiti thing in bluffs bg cause really did you have to ruin my ancient fantasies with that

    ruins idk I feel like that i don't mind as much but i guess it would be nice to have like museum or something there
  • Faraway_SonFaraway_Son Posts: 76 Member
    edited September 13
    Would have been nice had EA ingrained backstory into 'Journey To Batuu'...but lots that can't be edited is nonsense. We should all have the freedom to create the world we want within the 'tabula rasa' of the Sims 4.
  • BabykittyjadeBabykittyjade Posts: 1,551 Member
    edited September 13
    Oh please please please!!! One of the biggest frustrations 😭😭😭 maybe I don't want a garden!! I've been using zerbu venue change mod but I would love for this to be official so that's one less mod to worry about.
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  • DianesimsDianesims Posts: 1,864 Member
    It makes sense for some lots to be locked, like the lab in Strangerville, because you couldn’t play the story properly without it .

    But for others like the Von Haunt estate I don’t get why.
  • Faraway_SonFaraway_Son Posts: 76 Member
    Dianesims wrote: »
    It makes sense for some lots to be locked, like the lab in Strangerville, because you couldn’t play the story properly without it .

    But for others like the Von Haunt estate I don’t get why.

    Absolutely agree...with a very story based pack you need constants. Interestingly, story based packs thus shut down and regulate the 'open world' of the Sims 4.
  • pandie00pandie00 Posts: 482 Member
    edited September 13
    troshalom wrote: »
    @Brandonstatez why do you want to unlock those lots?

    Why not? Options are always welcome
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  • AyeffenAyeffen Posts: 256 Member
    Dianesims wrote: »
    It makes sense for some lots to be locked, like the lab in Strangerville, because you couldn’t play the story properly without it .

    This was the first thing that jumped to mind. I recently took a Sim through a temple in Selvadorada and realised how well constructed all of that experience was. I'm not saying Simmers aren't capable of making something like that, or even improving upon it - more that it would frustrate Simmers that might otherwise end up removing required mechanics without realising.

    I assume that bb.enablefreebuild works on these lots anyway so those that want to could probably still make some changes should they wish to.

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  • AnnLee87AnnLee87 Posts: 2,308 Member
    What do you mean by unlock? You want to build? testingcheats on or true then BB.enablefreebuild
    Never tried to change the lot type. I have to go check it out the next time I play.
    I have built on all the hidden areas. Never tried it the temples though.
  • nerdfashionnerdfashion Posts: 5,670 Member
    Yeah, like @.AnnLee87 said, isn't there a cheat to unlock those lots?
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  • GoldmoldarGoldmoldar Posts: 10,893 Member
    pandie00 wrote: »
    troshalom wrote: »
    @Brandonstatez why do you want to unlock those lots?

    Why not? Options are always welcome

    I agree, it increases creativity for me and puts everything on the table if all is available to use. :)
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  • babajaynebabajayne Posts: 731 Member
    I would like to use the chalet lot as a residential lot for my sims to live in. I was surprised to see that is not an option in the game.
    I also initially wanted to create my Flaming Gnome festival lot in the Strangerville crater but that wouldn’t have worked, either.
    How can we play “our own stories” with limitations like this?
  • Chicklet453681Chicklet453681 Posts: 366 Member
    babajayne wrote: »
    I would like to use the chalet lot as a residential lot for my sims to live in. I was surprised to see that is not an option in the game.
    I also initially wanted to create my Flaming Gnome festival lot in the Strangerville crater but that wouldn’t have worked, either.
    How can we play “our own stories” with limitations like this?

    Can someone explain to me why these lots are locked and can't be changed? I'm not a big "player" so I didn't know they were locked and couldn't be changed to whatever or you wanted it to be. Is there something particularly special about them that if it was changed to a residential lot it would break some function?
  • So_MoneySo_Money Posts: 2,379 Member
    edited September 14
    babajayne wrote: »
    I would like to use the chalet lot as a residential lot for my sims to live in. I was surprised to see that is not an option in the game.
    I also initially wanted to create my Flaming Gnome festival lot in the Strangerville crater but that wouldn’t have worked, either.
    How can we play “our own stories” with limitations like this?

    Can someone explain to me why these lots are locked and can't be changed? I'm not a big "player" so I didn't know they were locked and couldn't be changed to whatever or you wanted it to be. Is there something particularly special about them that if it was changed to a residential lot it would break some function?

    Good question. I have no idea myself. Functionally they don’t seem different than any other lot. I could understand if there were scripted story events occurring on those lots, but that’s obviously not the case (Strangerville excepted I guess). 🤷‍♂️
  • BabykittyjadeBabykittyjade Posts: 1,551 Member
    From what I know I think the chalet gardens is a special lot that you get invited to parties at. I've gotten them before (until they were nerfed and I no long receive invites 😡)

    The others I don't know

    But the cheat does not allow us to change the lot type. And those special lots are not special enough to be considered special so we should be able to change and use it how we want.
    Something like the strangerville lab is the only exception because its tied to the story
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  • babajaynebabajayne Posts: 731 Member
    I haven’t even done the Strangerville story yet and wouldn’t mind breaking it (or another lot) for just one save.
  • OldeseadoggeOldeseadogge Posts: 2,848 Member
    I see no logical reason why the Strangerville lab can't be unlocked once the story is done. That 'world' is pathetically short of buildable lots so every one is valuable. I wouldn't mind if story completion was a prerequisite for unlocking so long as the option was available.
  • GoldmoldarGoldmoldar Posts: 10,893 Member
    Would have been nice had EA ingrained backstory into 'Journey To Batuu'...but lots that can't be edited is nonsense. We should all have the freedom to create the world we want within the 'tabula rasa' of the Sims 4.

    I so agree as this is the only vacation neighborhood that cannot be edit, or build in it and I look at that as an big minus.
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  • Becka28Becka28 Posts: 1,241 Member
    @Babykittyjade i agree since we no longer get invites to any Windenburg location (or any where :( ) then why shouldnt we be able to choose the lot type? Afterall the dance parties etc arent happening, which is sad as I liked these. So lets make the lots useful again.
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