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Sims 411 Recap - November 23rd

EA_CadeEA_Cade Posts: 982 EA Community Manager
edited November 2021 in Sims 411
Hot Topics

An update on the non-binary pronouns
This past May, we opened up about our pursuit of non-binary language in The Sims. Since then, we've researched global language characteristics, connected with consultants, and collected data on areas where a change may be needed. Although there is a path ahead of us before we are able to update the game, we'd like to give you a look behind-the-scenes and show you where we are in the process. In January 2022, during the first Inside Maxis of the new year, we're hosting a fireside chat with members of our development team where we will share an update including the research completed to date, more on our partnership with external experts and the work-in-progress wire frames. Make sure to tune in!

An update on the NPC overhaul
We did not forget about our Townies update that we mentioned back in August. [In fact, the better word is NPCs or Flagship Characters. We’ll use NPCs moving forward to keep things simple 😊]. On the contrary, we have been working behind-the-scenes with a talented group of people including concept and character artists, our Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) that help us to create inclusive experiences in our game and of course, members of the Sims community who have shared their valuable feedback with us based on their extensive knowledge about the histories of these characters.

While we don’t have a date to the release of this update, we do have some work-in-progress images to give you an idea of the direction we’re heading. Please note that these are WIP concepts and not final. What you end up seeing in-game might differ from the images that we show you; this NPC update is a process that goes through changes as we continue to research, adjust and collaborate.

We’ve picked out some before and after concepts of the Goths and the Calientes. Take a look at the images from the latest Inside Maxis.

Next Patch Sneak Peak

Neighborhood Stories

Do you ever wonder what your neighbors are doing? We bet your Sims do! And now they’ll even be able to influence their neighbor's lives...

Neighborhood Stories will spice up your gameplay as a free update coming to the Base Game on November 30th 2021.

Check out all the details in the Neighborhood Stories blog post and watch SimGuruPJ and Game Designer Nate walk you through this new feature.

Upcoming Scenario

Surviving the Holidays


Let’s be real, the holidays are not just about nice presents, good food, and cheerfulness. These joyful days may also challenge us to let go, forgive and open up our hearts - even to those we might not really want to!! Easier said than done? Ask your Sim who’s stuck living with their worst enemy but still has to get through the holidays. Will they find a way out of their grudge?

Jump into the Base Game to play Surviving the Holidays from December 1st 10AM PST through January 5th 10AM PST.

Upcoming Sims Delivery (SDX)

It’s happening! The first Sims Delivery is on its way to your Base Game.

As a reminder, Sims Delivery Express (short: SDX) will bring free content to your Base Game as a complementary, more spontaneous little sibling of our regular game updates. For more details check out the Hot Topics in the previous Sims 411 Recap.

Please kindly note, we’re correcting ourselves coming out of the Inside Maxis livestream with the following - and correct - timing of the upcoming SDX launches.

The very first Sims Delivery is this gorgeous curly low ponytail that will drop into the game on December 7th, 2021.


We showed you the following nine beautiful Seasonal Sims Items during our livestream. Please note this Sims Delivery will release December 14th, 2021. Add these tasty treats and festive touches like the wall bows and decorative fruitcake to your Sims' space to help them get in the spirit!


We wish everyone a wonderful holiday break. Whether you celebrate or not, we hope all of you will get some well-deserved rest 😊 Until next time, see you in the new year! :)

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  • SindocatSindocat Posts: 5,622 Member
    Thanks for the recape, Cade! I hear poorly, so streams can be hard to follow. Recaps (or transcripts) are always welcome!
  • caliposscaliposs Posts: 298 Member
    I love the new hair! :love: A welcome addition for the base game for sure!
  • DaftputDaftput Posts: 4 New Member
    any hair content is always a treat <3

    especially when that hair looks exactly like my friend's hairdo.

    Not It's time to make her a sim!
  • Mariefoxprice83Mariefoxprice83 Posts: 7,462 Member
    Sindocat wrote: »
    Thanks for the recape, Cade! I hear poorly, so streams can be hard to follow. Recaps (or transcripts) are always welcome!

    I like transcripts too, because I get distracted by streams easily. I would always rather read an article than watch one.
    Better to reign in Hell, than serve in Heaven.
  • EA_CadeEA_Cade Posts: 982 EA Community Manager
    No worries! We typically post a recap thread a few days after each stream for exactly this reason :)
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  • simmeroriginsimmerorigin Posts: 94 Member
    @EA_Cade do you know when we will have a recap of the Sims 411 Forum Feeback on challenge and depth in the base game?
  • EA_CadeEA_Cade Posts: 982 EA Community Manager

    The Forum Feedback's don't get recaps per se, that feedback goes directly to the Sims Team and they address the topics they choose to in Inside Maxis streams, Sims 411, etc.

    I'll pass on your feedback though to see if there's an opportunity to improve that process.
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  • CashinoCashino Posts: 1 New Member
    What's the link to add our ideas for Sims 5 in feedback?

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