2019 has undeniably been one of the biggest years for The Sims 4 in terms of all the major changes and new additions that came to the game. Throughout the year, we saw some major new additions, including expansion packs like Island Living and Discover University that received a great response from fans as well as critics from all over the world. Then the game also got some brand new features, styles, themes, etc., including Middle Eastern clothing and architecture, Pride Themed update, customizable stairs, and now even Baby Yoda!
Recently, the producers even let the users pick what the next update would be, in the community voting exercise that ran first in November, and is now active yet again. All in all, The Sims 4 has had an exciting year, one that came with lots of changes and updates for good. And now, as we approach the end of the year, it goes without saying that the producers of the game are already all geared up for all that there is to come in 2020.
What’s in store for 2020?
Earlier this month, producers Dave Miotke and Michael Duke speculated what could be in store for The Sims 4 in the coming year, in December’s Maxis Monthly stream. However, Duke and Miotke didn’t really reveal any technical details when it came to the updates for 2020; all they had to say was that some of the packs coming up in 2020 will be “unexpected” and surprising. If anything, the fans have since been left intrigued by the duo’s remarks.
In the Maxis Monthly stream, Miotke had said that 2020 would be a huge year for The Sims 4. He added that the team definitely has some surprises up their sleeves for fans and that the new year is going to be full of unexpected turns and twists and it’s going to be a lot of fun. Meanwhile, Duke added that they were finally at a point where he’s not convinced that fans can guess the next couple of packs anymore.
The duo agreed that they had run the gauntlet of historic kind of Sims themes that were very easy to predict – the ones they refer to as ‘Lighthouse’ themes because you can see them coming from miles away. Be it seasons, or cats and dogs, or the 2019 hit expansion pack Discover University, all of them were actually much-awaited fan demands and weren’t as big a surprise as what the producers say they have planned for 2020.
What we know so far
It seemed like Duke and Miotke’s intention was to just tease the audience and if anything, add to the element of surprise. So at this point, no one knows what these “surprise” updates for 2020 are going to be. However, one upcoming update we do know about it the Arts & Crafts Stuff Pack, which was chosen by the users in a community vote in November. The second round of voting is now open till 3rd January, and fans can cast their votes to pick an art style of objects and clothing to be included in the pack through this survey.