The Sims 4 developers are asking players about a whole bunch of new features. A survey published earlier this week asked players to rate their interest in new relationship states, lifestyle changes, and seasonal activities.
More attention is paid to relationships than anything else, with a particular attempt to define Sims' interpersonal connections as more than friends, lovers, or mortal enemies. If your Sims partake in the same activities with friends on a regular basis, the game might start to consider them 'brunch buddies'. If they're really getting along, the game might apply some new labels - such as 'bromance' - to their relationship. The game is also painfully aware, however, that not everyone gets along all the time. As a result, relationships might get 'short-term states' in which Sims are 'furious' with one another. And if characters do have a falling out, shared personal histories might make it more difficult for them to reconcile their differences.
One thing The Sims community loves to be is vocal about their feedback. So I've been working with the dev team & The Sims brand team on creating a new survey that focuses on potential features/changes for the future of #TheSims4.https://t.co/P67wZC1AUX
— TinyGuruFrost? (@SimGuruFrost) January 14, 2020
Elsewhere, EA proposes a number of lifestyle changes, which would let your Sims do anything from heading out on day trips to owning second homes. I feel like one of those seems more realistic to the millennial mindset than the other, but I suppose we could compromise with the occasional trip to a luxury hotel. None of these changes are guaranteed, but it's interesting that the developers still seem to have medium-term plans for the game, especially as The Sims 4 is already older than The Sims 3 was when the current game launched.