The Sims 4 For Hire will make you a landlord in a Southeast Asian impressed metropolis… overrun with zombies?

Seems that final week’s leaks have been bang on the cash: the subsequent enlargement pack for The Sims 4 will certainly be titled For Hire, and can assist you to play as a landlord. Which is… definitely fascinating.

This is not the primary time that rental properties have come to The Sims 4. Flats launched within the Metropolis Dwelling and Eco Life-style enlargement packs are rented quite than owned by your characters — that means, for essentially the most half, you could’t edit the constructing shells — and short-term vacation lets have been launched way back to the sport’s very first add-on (2015’s Out of doors Retreat recreation pack). That is, nevertheless, the primary time that your playable characters will be capable to act as the owner in addition to the tenant, shopping for up a number of properties and utilizing them to exert energy over these eager to indulge themselves within the basic human proper of housing.

Whereas admittedly there hasn’t been an enormous quantity of demand for landlord-centric gameplay among the many fandom, the For Hire pack nonetheless appears to be like poised to ship on a number of fan-favourite requests. The brand new world of Tomarang provides a pleasant contact of much-needed Southeast Asian illustration to the sequence because it continues its gradual transfer away from American-centrism. However it’s multi-unit housing, which Simmers have needed for ages, that appears just like the precise large draw. The cynic in me is questioning if the owner angle wasn’t simply the one manner so as to add correct editable house buildings as a full-priced add-on to a recreation that already has a number of city-themed DLC packs.

A group of neighbours socialise together in an apartment building courtyard.
For Hire guarantees to assist you to “create a neighborhood”, however let’s face it, being an terrible snoop is way extra on-brand — prying into the home lives of those characters is half the enjoyable of The Sims! | Picture credit score: Maxis / Digital Arts

Regardless of that questionable central premise, it appears to be like like there may very well be loads of enjoyable available with The Sims 4 For Hire, and hopefully we’ll be taught concerning the new programs in additional element quickly. If you should purchase a number of residential properties with out renting them out, for instance, then your wealthy Sims may winter at their seashore home or keep a pied-a-terre within the metropolis; and multi-unit housing may very well be used to lastly implement set-ups like retirement properties, which many Simmers have been wanting for years. Utterly unfounded hypothesis has additionally identified that this is able to be an incredible alternative to reintroduce spiral staircases, and I’ve to agree that’d make quite a lot of sense, though I am not holding my breath since they did not seem within the trailer.

What we do know from the trailer is that you will have the chance to be a fully horrible landlord or tenant, with expanded social choices permitting your Sims to do issues like spy on their neighbours and even break into their residences after they’re not dwelling. Is that this the longed-for return of alternatives for petty chaos that many gamers have lamented as missing in The Sims 4?

And what’s extra, the trailer confirmed a tantalising trace that dwelling in a mouldy rental may flip your Sims into some sort of Final Of Us model zombies. Which, as somebody battling the mould in her IRL rental dwelling proper now, has me a bit anxious, I am not gonna lie. Nonetheless: zombies, although! How we have missed them!

The Sims 4 For Hire enlargement pack is predicted to launch on December seventh for PC/Mac and current- and last-gen Xbox and PlayStation consoles. Shopping for the pack earlier than January 18th, 2024 nets you the early-bird unique Road-Eats Digital Content material Pack too, consisting of three distinctive objects.

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