Sims 4 Cottage Living: The Expansion Pack we’ve been waiting for is now available

Sims 4 Cottage Living launches July 22nd.


I am getting better with plants in the world Sims 4 than I do with real green. My Sims can usually make a living selling flowers, fruits, and vegetables. Although Simmers have been gardening in Sims 4 for a while, the latest expansion pack, Cottage Living, available now, takes country living to a whole new level. I made it comfortable Hut core pack before posting.

Sims 4 Cottage Living introduces a new world, Henford-on-Bagley, as well as new pre-built families, holidays, and create-a-sim and build mode items. Additionally, Sims can work towards becoming a Country Caretaker, a new nature wish. All in all, Cottage Living gives the life simulation game a new realism and dynamic atmosphere.

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A package on the subject of agriculture has long been at the top of Simmers’ wish list. Antonio Romeo, the game’s main producer, told me that the developers were inspired by the picturesque English countryside. The team also enlisted the help of Game Changers members Clare Siobhan, Devon Bumpkin, ThomasTV, and HeyHarrie with pre-made builds.


Take good care of your farm animals and they will be good to you.

Screenshot by Shelby Brown / CNET

Cottage core galore

Create-A-Sim offers new items of clothing in floral and plaid patterns, as well as cute earrings. After you’ve designed and moved your family into many, you can explore gorgeous new rustic building pieces to put together the perfect cottage or farmhouse. Imagine the possibilities once you have that installed Country kitchen kit! Build mode hasn’t forgotten about your garden either – you can buy chicken coops and animal stalls to accommodate new stable friends.

We’ve seen cats and dogs before in Sims 4, but Cottage Living brings chickens, cows, llamas, and more to that. And they don’t count as family members like cats and dogs, so you can’t get the full house size.


Yes, you can pet all animals.

Screenshot by Shelby Brown / CNET

“Cats and dogs primarily provide company, but also house animals and useful products such as eggs, milk and wool,” says Romeo. “Cleaning, feeding, and socializing with these animals results in products of the highest quality. When Sims befriend rabbits and birds, these animals can bring gifts and even help out in the garden.”

You can also find and add new pond effects like swans, fireflies, tadpoles, ducks and alligators that add more life to the game. We just wish you could interact with them. Sims can also pursue new hobbies such as canning and cross stitching.

Build mode also offers two different types of garden beds so you don’t have to try and navigate through the harvest in a thousand pots and planters. And instead of just selling your crops through inventory, you can find Crumplebottom’s Garden Store and Goldbloom’s Grocery Store in Build Mode so your Sim can do business.


The new expansion pack takes gardening to the next level.

Screenshot by Shelby Brown / CNET

Once your Sim has grown some oversized plants and taken care of animals, head to a carnival. Similar to the festival events in other game packages, Simmers can attend the Finchwick fairs every weekend for chickens, oversized plants, cows, and more to compete, win ribbons, and purchase unique items.

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Stay green

Cottage Living can also be attached to the Expansion package Eco Lifestyle EA was released last June and focuses on upcycling, growing your own food, wind turbines, solar power, and more. With the package installed, your actions in Henford-on-Bagley will affect your carbon footprint.

“Animals themselves don’t contribute directly to the footprint, but if the player neglects the animal house or chicken coop and they start getting dirty, it will reduce the overall eco-footprint for your neighborhood,” says Romeo.

The new way to run a legitimate farm in Sims 4 means more options for Challenges like Rags to Riches and Living off the Land.


I’m obsessed with the cottage living builds. You look so warm and inviting.

Screenshot from CNET

Cottage Living also adds new gameplay aspects such as Lot Challenges. For example, in Sims 4, your fridge is always full. The advantage is always having food, while the disadvantage is sometimes the cost of the dishes. In Cottage Living you can activate the Simple Living Lot Challenge. That makes cooking cheaper, but you are responsible for finding the ingredients.

Simulation games from the Sims 4 to Animal Crossing became a haven for people last year during the Coronavirus pandemic. Cottage Living only expands on the calming escape players can find in Sims 4, even as the world opens up again and more people get vaccinated.

Romeo can’t wait for players to dive into the new pack.

“Cottage Living offers a relaxing and picturesque cottage experience surrounded by exuberant beauty and adorable animals,” he says. “If you’ve always wanted to make a living on your land, care for animals and be part of a small town full of friendly locals, Cottage Living is for you.”

The Sims 4 Cottage Living Expansion Pack is available now for $ 40 (£ 35, A $ 60) on PS4. PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X and PC on Origin, the Microsoft Store and Steam. The introductory price might feel a little high. So if you don’t want to buy the package right away, EA has year-round sales and the ability to bundle packages so you can save some cash.

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