New Sims 4 trailer makes constructing your house look fun again

You can now place entire rooms that can be stretched and moved when building a house.

A new trailer for The Sims 4 released today offers a look at the game's new Build Mode, which appears to make building a house easier than ever.

As demonstrated in the video above, players can still build rooms by drawing walls like in past games. Alternatively, they can place entire rooms and then move and drag their sides to make them the proper size and fit. Those looking for an even quicker method for building can select to place rooms that are fully furnished; the items inside will be rearranged on the fly depending upon how its size is altered.

Other features shown in the trailer include three different height settings for walls, an option to add windows to a room with a single click (plus the ability to adjust the height of windows on the wall), and a way to add a foundation (and change its height) even after a house is already built. One especially nice feature is the ability to move an entire house after it's been built, so there's no need to worry about its initial placement restricting your ability to expand later on.

The Sims 4, unlike the most recent SimCity when it launched, will not require an Internet connection to play when it's released this fall on PC. It will also be playable by more people than its predecessor, as Maxis claims the game will run better on low-end machines than The Sims 3, which was notoriously system-intensive.

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27 comments
spikepigeo
spikepigeo

Build tools actually look really good. But paying 500 dollars over the next 4 years to get the full Sims experience is not something I'm looking forward to.

cirugo
cirugo

After Maxis/EA screwing everyone with SimCity anyone who buys any of their offerings again needs their head examined.


Ice-Cube
Ice-Cube

Just bring back Sims Online

SoulxReaperx366
SoulxReaperx366

The scripting of this one better be better than sims 3. I can run new games on max graphics with over 60fps, but I still get horrible lag in the sims 3 because I have almost all of the expansions and the way it's set up to function is just inefficient..

sortajan
sortajan

inc. microtransactions for wallpaper

Heartagram_03
Heartagram_03

Knowing EA all the stuff like University, Pets, Seasons etc will be absent from base game and released later as expansions. I've invested too much money in Sims 3 and learned my lesson. I'll have to pass on SIms 4, unless they happen to add online co-op then I may consider it during a sale.

Spartan-1657
Spartan-1657

Unless they make major changes to what you can do in this game, then whats the point? I enjoy the sims but they really need to change things up if they expect people to really invest in this game.

Keaze_
Keaze_

Still looks just as difficult than before.  Besides, I never got to the point where I have 2 millions (simoleons?) available to build a house.

naryanrobinson
naryanrobinson

Does it make using Origin look fun?

If so the creative director needs a raise/promotion.

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

Yeeeaaaahhhh you just know 90% of the stuff in that video will be tied up in about £120 worth of DLC.

rolla020980
rolla020980

I still think they should combine the Sims and SimCity in a special (not required) mode. You can build your city, then click on one of the houses and select open family in Sims. Then you can modify the house and manage the people. Once you are done, you can go back to the city.

grimlord_xvii
grimlord_xvii

Though this does look good, I invested too much money into The Sims 2 to buy what is, in essence, the same game again.

ghost140
ghost140

At one point i cost about $74,926.31 to own everything Sims 3 had to offer so...yea.

pongley
pongley

I don't know why but whenever these people talk about the characters in the game it feels like they're anthropomorphising them.

Marcster1994
Marcster1994

While it looks good, I'm not buying or playing this ever since they're going to shell out 100 dollars worth of content that should've been in the maingame again.

xsonicchaos
xsonicchaos

Of course a dining room for Bella and a frikin study for Mortimer. If it was the other way around, this would be a Hannibal game.

sirchick
sirchick

@pinealglan nah use a mexican proxy and buy on origin :) its even more cheap that way

ratchet200
ratchet200

@Heartagram_03  I here that. It took me 3 Sims games to realise how much money I blew on expansion packs and the like. Gonna avoid this one.

MigGui
MigGui

@Dannystaples14 nah, that's the main game. that's why it seems to have nothing. the sims without the DLC is just the foundation of a game that you'll have to buy many times to own enough content to allow it to get interesting.

yoda101280
yoda101280

@Dannystaples14 Heh yeah that's generally my main issue with the Sims as a franchise, it's the most DLC heavy title ever to exist.  I like the series but generally don't buy it b/c I know I won't want to buy all the DLC they put out and then you end up feeling like you're missing out on stuff.

rocketbosszach
rocketbosszach

@rolla020980 You could kind of do that with SimCity 4. You could import your Sims and watch them drive around and complain about your poor urban planning. Their homes didn't come with them, though.